Against the Spread Pick
This will be the second game of a back-to-back situation for the Portland Trail Blazers. Heading into Thursday’s date with San Antonio, Portland had won four of its previous five games. Damian Lillard has been unconscious to the extent that scored at least 34 points in eight consecutive contests (half of those with at least 47) prior to a setback against Denver earlier this week. To say the Utah Jazz have cooled off would be a gross understatement. They have followed up a 19-2 stretch with five straight losses–including two at the normally friendly confines of Vivint Smart Home Arena. Donovan Mitchell is averaging just 15.7 ppg over the past three outings. The Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last five overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five against opponents with winning records. Utah is 0-5-1 ATS in its last six overall and 0-5-1 ATS in its last six as a favorite. Go with PORTLAND.
Over Under Pick
What has happened to Utah’s defense? It has surrendered at least 124 points in three of the past five games. That is bad news with Lillard and company coming to town. The over is 8-1 in the Trail Blazers’ last nine overall, 4-0 in their last four on the road, and 6-1 in their last seven against opponents with winning percentages over .600. It is also 7-2 in the Jazz’s last nine against opponents with winning records and 4-0 in their last four playing on one day of rest. Take the OVER.