Basketball Betting – Trail Blazers at Jazz on TNT

May 30, 2011 NBA Basketball

The Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz meet in the late game on TNT in Thursday basketball betting.

The Trail Blazers have already clinched a playoff spot while Utah is out so the motivation for both teams is in question on Thursday.  Portland is coming off a bad loss in NBA basketball betting so they may be more focused on getting this win.

Portland in the Playoffs
The Trail Blazers clinched a playoff spot on Tuesday when the Houston Rockets lost to Sacramento.  Portland would have preferred to do it themselves but they were routed 108-87 by Golden State.  There was no question that Portland overlooked Golden State on Tuesday. The Trail Blazers looked like a team that had just clinched a playoff spot. They shot just 32.6 percent in the second half.  Portland doesn’t have much of a lead over New Orleans or Memphis so playoff seeding is still important.  The Blazers really don’t want to finish in 7th or 8th as that would mean a meeting with either the Spurs or Lakers.

Jazz Surprise the Lakers
Utah is coming off a shocking NBA basketball betting win at Los Angeles on Tuesday. The Jazz have had all kinds of trouble against the Lakers at Staples Center but they pulled out an 86-85 win.  The Lakers totally overlooked the Jazz and Utah took advantage to get the surprising win.  Gordon Hayward had 22 points as he played his best game of his career.

Game Trends
In this series, the home team is 13-5 in basketball betting in the last 18 meetings. The Trail Blazers are 2-5 against the odds at Sbgglobal in the last 7 meetings. The Trail Blazers are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Utah. The Trail Blazers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games. The Jazz are 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 Thursday games. The Jazz are 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 vs. the Western Conference. The Jazz are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 home games. The Jazz are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. the Northwest. Looking at the total, the Under is 4-1 in the Trail Blazers last 5 vs. the Northwest. The Under is 5-0 in Utah’s last 5 overall. In this series, the Over is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.