Utah Jazz vs Portland Trail Blazers Preview

Utah Jazz vs Portland Trail Blazers Preview

by Alma Bean

Feature Image: Photo by Jeffery Swinger of USA TODAY Sports.

On their one-game road trip, the Utah Jazz (25-25) travels to take on the Portland Trail Blazers (22-25) for the third time this season.

What to Look For

Portland is coming into this game with massive momentum after a 147-127 blowout wins against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday. The last time Portland and Utah played each other, Mike Conley and Damian Lillard both finished the game with injuries keeping them out for nearly a month. Now that both are back and playing back to their standards this season, we can expect to see a show of veterans as they both feed their partners in crime in Anfernee Simons and Jordan Clarkson. Lillard and Simons are proficient from the perimeter, which is the main reason Portland is top-10 in the league in three-point percentage at 37.3 percent. Portland also actively gets to the free throw line as they are top-five in free throws made and top-10 in attempts. Though Portland is last in the northwest division, they are only 1.5 games behind Utah for second place. Utah will struggle with being the road team as they are currently 9-16 on the road while Portland is 12-10 at home.

Key of the Game

Ball movement and perimeter defense will be the difference maker. Though paint presence has been a big emphasis the last few games, Portland lives and dies by the three. Someone like Ochai Agbaji with his ability to lockdown as a 3&D defender may cause disruption for Portland leading to open drives on the other end. Collin Sexton will need to find his inner facilitator to try and break Portland’s man coverage.

Injury Report

Portland- Ibou Badji: Out (knee), Justise Winslow: Out (ankle)

Utah- Johnny Juzang: Out (G League), Kelly Olynyk: Out (ankle), Micah Potter: Out (elbow)

Where to Watch?

Tip-off between Portland and Utah will have a later start tonight at 8:00 p.m. MT on AT&T SportsNet. Also, now available to Xfinity customers on the AT&T SportsNet app.

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