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Utah Jazz vs Portland Trail Blazers: Match Prediction, Injury Report & How to watch |29th December 2021

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NBA Matchup: Utah Jazz vs Portland Trail Blazers

Date: December 29, 2021

Time: 10:10pm ET

The Utah Jazz hits the road against the Portland Trail Blazers trying to prolong their four-game winning streak. Both teams will go head to head for the second time in the 2021-22 NBA season, where the Jazz took the victory. 

Utah Jazz Season so far

The Utah Jazz has been one of the best teams in the 2021-22 NBA season as the third seed in the western conference. In the last ten games, the Jazz has a record of  8-2 while averaging 120.0 points, 50.6 rebounds, 24.0 assists, 6.7 steals and 5.3 blocks per game while shooting 47.9% from the field. Defensively, opponents have averaged 107.6 points against Utah. The Jazz are 6-0 against opponents in the Northwest Division and have defeated Portland 129-107.

 

Utah is led by the incredible form of Donovan Mitchell who is averaging 25.4 points with making 3.2 made 3-pointers per game while shooting 33.7% from beyond the arc. With Spida, Bojan Bogdanovic has been great for the Jazz as he is shooting 52.8% and averaging 19.0 points over the past 10 games.

Portland Trail Blazers Season so far

The Portland Trail Blazers have had a difficult season as the 12th placed team in the west. In the last ten games, Portland has only two games and lost eight while averaging 106.6 points, 40.6 rebounds, 20.9 assists, 7.0 steals and 5.2 blocks per game while shooting 44.4% from the field. Defensively, their opponents have averaged 115.0 points per game.

 

The Trail Blazers are led by a struggling Damian Lillard, who is averaging 23.9 points and 7.4 assists while shooting 40.3% from the field and 32.8% from the 3-point line. Norman Powell is averaging 19.9 points over the last 10 games for Portland.

Utah Jazz vs Portland Trail Blazers Match Prediction

 The Utah Jazz is the favourite to win the game against the Portland Trail Blazers and complete their double in the year 2021. Portland is lacking size with Nurkic on the sideline, so Gobert and Whiteside will dominate the interior. Utah has the 3rd best perimeter defence, so if the Blazers opt for three-point shooting to stay competitive in this game, hence the Jazz can contain the host to a lower score. Utah has an advantage in every single segment and this matchup and has an excellent chance to win this game. 

Injury Report

Utah Jazz 

Malik Fitts – Shoulder – Game Time Decision
Donovan Mitchell – Back – Expected to be out until at least Dec 31
Udoka Azubuike – Ankle – Expected to be out until at least Feb 1

Portland Trail Blazers

Keljin Blevins – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Dec 31
Ben McLemore – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Dec 31
Robert Covington – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Dec 31
Cody Zeller – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Jan 5
Jusuf Nurkic – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Jan 5
Dennis Smith Jr. – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Jan 3
Trendon Watford – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Dec 31
CJ McCollum – Chest – Expected to be out until at least Dec 31

How to watch Utah Jazz vs Portland Trail Blazers?

The game between Utah Jazz vs Portland Trail Blazers will be telecasted on FuboTV and NBA League Pass.

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