The late shift on Monday’s NBA slate will bring us a Western Conference battle in Salt Lake City as the Utah Jazz play host to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Portland (10-10) is trying to end a two-game losing streak and have had the entire weekend to stew on a 118-103 loss to the Warriors on Friday. The Blazers actually outshot Steph Curry and the Dubs from downtown but only shot 41.9% from the field overall. Utah (13-7) had a busy Thanksgiving week where it split its four games over the holiday stretch. The Jazz were last seen dominating the Pelicans for a 127-105 win on Saturday, one where Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley, and Jordan Clarkson all scored 20+ points.
Utah enters as a seven-point favorite per DraftKings Sportsbook. The total is set at 223.
Trail Blazers vs. Jazz, 9:00 p.m. ET
Pick ATS: Portland +7
Portland is 8-12 against the spread this season but it should give Utah a fight on the road. This is the Jazz fifth game in eight days, so one would have to consider the fatigue factor of them capping off a gauntlet stretch. Take the Blazers to cover here.
Over/Under: Under 223
Furthering the point of the fatigue factor with the home team, this could be a lower scoring affair than both teams are used to. Lean with the under here as both offenses won’t be as in sync as they normally are.
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