The Utah Jazz will be looking to end their regular season on an encouraging note.
In three games this season, the Portland Trail Blazers (27-54) have struggled to counter the powerful attack of the Utah Jazz. Utah won every time – by an average margin of 25.0 points. The latest was a 123-85 rout at Salt Lake City on March 9.
However, the Jazz players are now emerging from an epic fourth-quarter meltdown in Friday night’s 111-105 home loss to the league-leading Phoenix Suns. And they need to put aside any lingering disappointment, as they still have playoff positioning on the line as they travel to Portland to finish out the regular season.
Utah Jazz vs Portland Trail Blazers odds tonight
WynnBet lists Utah as a 17.5 point favorite. The plus/minus is 223.5 points.
The Utah Jazz starting lineup tonight
The Jazz’s starting five should be made up of all the regulars: Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Royce O’Neale, Bojan Bogdanovic and Rudy Gobert.
Utah Jazz Injury Report
Udoka Azubuike (right ankle surgery) and Trent Forrest (left midfoot sprain) will not be in action for the Jazz. Except for these two, the Utah list contains no patches.
Utah Jazz vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction
The Trail Blazers have already locked in the sixth-best lottery odds in the NBA, doing so with seemingly intentional losses in recent weeks. Portland therefore has only one stake left: a warm and fuzzy feeling that it has just ended its season with an upset in front of its public at home against a playoff team.
As for Utah (48-33), the group will face the battered Blazers while the Denver Nuggets (also 48-33) host the Los Angeles Lakers. Either way, a win for Utah would secure the West’s No. 5 seed — leaving Denver at No. 6 — as the Jazz own the tiebreaker via a Season 4 sweep. -0 on the Nuggets.
Given what’s at stake for Utah, not to mention the team’s relatively good health and recent dominance over Portland, this Jazz-Blazers game should be another high-scoring blowout by the top team. .
Prediction: Jazz 130, Blazers 110
Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers TV Channel
The Jazz-Blazers game begins at 7:30 p.m. MT. It will air on Root Sports in Oregon and AT&T SportsNet in Utah.
Utah Jazz schedule and next game
Fans will have to wait and see how things play out on Sunday before they find out the Jazz’s first-round opponent and the date of their first playoff outing.
All we know for now is the prediction for the 2022 NBA Playoffs on Saturday.
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