Utah Jazz at Portland in NBA betting

November 30, 2010 NBA Basketball

NBA betting has Portland hosting Utah on Sunday in a game that can be seen on ESPN. It is the last game of a four-game road trip for the Jazz.

Utah has dominated the Blazers this season, winning all three meetings both straight up and against the basketball betting odds.

NBA betting has seen the Jazz win the three games this season by an average of 13.4 points per game. They have shot 61.2% from the field while limiting the Trail Blazers to 40.9% shooting.  The home team had won eight straight games in the series, and the Trail Blazers had won six consecutive games in Portland, before Utah won 106-95 in NBA betting at the Rose Garden in late January.

Overall, the Jazz have won six of the last ten against Portland and they are 6-4 against the NBA betting odds in those games.  Another trend in this series is that the games go over the basketball betting total.  The last five meetings have all gone over in basketball betting and most of the time it hasn’t been close.  The last five combined point totals in NBA betting have been 223, 201, 200, 229 and 230.

There are not many teams in the NBA that have played better than Utah in the last month or so.  Only Cleveland really has done better than Utah in recent weeks. The Jazz have gone from a team on the fringe of the playoffs to competing for the second best record in the conference behind the Lakers.  Everything seems to be clicking for the Jazz as they are 7th in the league on offense and their defense has improved to 12th in the league.  The Jazz are even winning on the road in NBA betting and that never happened much in past seasons.  Utah is very capable of winning this game at Portland in basketball betting since the Blazers really don’t look like a playoff team without Brandon Roy.

The Blazers used to be a very good home team but this season they are nothing special versus the NBA betting odds at home. The Blazers are also no guarantee to make the playoffs. They are in the 8th playoff spot and just a couple of games in front of Houston and New Orleans.  Brandon Roy doesn’t look like he is coming back soon so the Blazers could be in trouble.

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