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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz Pick & Prediction APR 8TH 2021

FinishedTV: ATTSN | NBCSNEnergySolutions Arena Salt Lake City

571Portland Trail Blazers
572Utah Jazz

OP
231.5
-7.5
CU
230.5o -110
-6 -102
ML
180
-220
Partials
1 2 3 4
29 27 19 28
30 23 40 29
Score
103
122
Recap
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Portland vs. Utah Recap APR 8TH 2021

Damian Lillard scored 26 points and Jusuf Nurkic added 22 before fouling out in the final minute to lead the visiting Portland Trail Blazers to a 109-104 victory over the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City on Monday night.

Lillard also tallied eight rebounds and eight assists while Nurkic added nine boards and seven assists to lead the Blazers. C.J. McCollum chipped in 14 points and Jake Layman added 12 off the bench.

Donovan Mitchell scored 36 points to lead Utah. Jae Crowder added 15 and Rudy Gobert chipped in 10 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks. It wasn't enough to extend a six-game winning streak for the Jazz, however.

Ricky Rubio returned to the court for Utah after missing six games with a strained hamstring. He finished with 12 points in 14 minutes off the bench.

Portland attacked the basket often throughout the first quarter and made it pay off. The Blazers scored their first nine baskets in the paint to keep pace with Utah and finished the quarter with 20 points in the paint.

After the Jazz carved out a 19-13 lead behind back-to-back baskets from Crowder, Portland chipped away at the lead before overtaking Utah 25-24 on a driving layup from Lillard with 2:14 left in the first period before finishing the frame with a 29-28 lead.

Portland could not hang onto lead, however, as the Jazz made it tougher to drive into the paint. The Blazers went eight minutes without any points inside until Lillard broke the drought with back-to-back baskets to make it 45-38 in favor of Utah with 3:28 left in the first half.

Royce O'Neale and Crowder each had a pair of baskets to punctuate the Jazz's 17-5 run that ended with Lillard's baskets.

Those baskets helped awaken Portland's offense late in the second quarter, and the Blazers carried that momentum into the third. Nurkic led the way, scoring 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting in the quarter. His final two baskets, coming on back-to-back possessions, gave Portland an 80-75 lead with 1:21 left in the third.

Utah rallied at the start of the fourth quarter and took an 86-83 lead on a 3-pointer from Crowder. Portland answered with a 15-4 run, bookended by baskets from Layman, to go back in front 98-90.

The Blazers extended their lead to 106-94 on a 3-pointer from McCollum before Mitchell hit four straight baskets and a pair of free throws to slice the deficit to 108-104 with 41.4 seconds left. Joe Ingles missed a corner 3 that would have cut it to one and Lillard hit a pair of free throws to ice it with 5.8 seconds remaining.

--Field Level Media

 

After an emotional, intense overtime loss in Phoenix on Wednesday night, the Utah Jazz don't have much time to lick their wounds.

Thursday's contest in Salt Lake City won't be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup like Wednesday's entertaining game, a 117-113 setback to the Suns, but the Jazz are hosting another potential playoff team from the Western Conference in the Portland Trail Blazers.

The quick turnaround might be a good thing for Utah.

That loss, the second in a row on an 0-for-2 road trip, was a painful one. The Jazz got outworked on the boards and had their worst 3-point performance of the season while falling for just the second time in 11 games.

"It's good to be in games like this," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. "Obviously, you would hope it turns out the other way. But I think these are the types of games you want to be in. You want to feel what it's like to be in them, and want to figure out how you can win them."

Donovan Mitchell had a game reminiscent of his playoff explosion in last summer's bubble, with 41 points and a clutch 3 to force overtime. But Devin Booker and Chris Paul proved to be too much for the Jazz in overtime, beating Utah for the second time.

"That was playoff basketball," Mitchell said. "We're not always gonna have 60-point halves. ... We were a few rebounds away from winning."

The Suns' first victory over Utah this season was also the last time the Jazz lost in Utah. It came on New Year's Eve 2020. The Jazz have won a franchise-record 22 straight games at home since then.

One point of emphasis for Utah will be improving their defensive rebounding. Phoenix outrebounded them 61-45 overall and 16-7 on the offensive glass. Rudy Gobert hauled in 18 boards and Mitchell grabbed a respectable eight, but the other three starters only combined for six boards. That included one apiece by Bojan Bogdanovic and Joe Ingles.

"We all gotta get the rebounds -- especially me," Bogdanovic said. "I played more than 30 minutes with only one board. I gotta be more aggressive. ... Rudy is doing great helping with the pick-and-roll -- we all gotta get in there and rebound."

Portland enters this game with a bad taste in its mouth as well, having lost two of three, including a 133-116 drubbing by the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

All-Star Damian Lillard only had 11 points and Portland coach Terry Stotts called his team's defensive no-show in the first quarter "embarrassing." The Clippers outscored the Blazers 47-32 to set the stage for a rough night. Portland had won four in a row on the road before the defeat.

"The first quarter was really bad defensively," said Blazers' Norman Powell, who led the team with 32 points. "They didn't feel us. They got in a rhythm and were able to hit shots. We have to put together a full 48-minute effort on the defensive end."

It's uncertain whether the Jazz will be with All-Star point guard Mike Conley Jr., but he's missed a handful of games on the second end of back-to-back sets for load management.

--Field Level Media

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Eastern Conference

NBA AtlanticWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Philadelphia 76ers3817.691 21-517-12113.9108.5L16-0-4
Brooklyn Nets3718.673 22-715-11118.8114.2L17-0-3
Boston Celtics2926.527 17-1012-16112.4110.4L17-0-3
New York Knicks2927.518 17-1012-17105.6104.3L25-0-5
Toronto Raptors2234.393 12-1510-19112.0111.6L24-0-6
NBA CentralWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Milwaukee Bucks3420.630 18-816-12119.2112.7L35-0-5
Indiana Pacers2628.481 9-1617-12113.9114.1L15-0-5
Chicago Bulls2232.407 10-1712-15112.2113.6L43-0-7
Cleveland Cavaliers2034.370 11-159-19103.9111.0L23-0-7
Detroit Pistons1639.291 9-167-23107.7111.4L34-0-6

Western Conference

NBA NorthwestWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Utah Jazz4114.745 25-316-11117.0107.5L17-0-3
Denver Nuggets3520.636 19-1016-10115.1110.0L28-0-2
Portland Trail Blazers3123.574 16-1215-11114.7114.9L25-0-5
Oklahoma City Thunder2035.364 9-2011-15105.3114.3L81-0-9
Minnesota Timberwolves1442.250 9-195-23110.1118.1L23-0-7
NBA PacificWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Phoenix Suns3915.722 22-817-7114.8107.7L19-0-1
Los Angeles Clippers3918.684 22-817-10115.0108.2L28-0-2
Los Angeles Lakers3421.618 16-1118-10109.8105.6L16-0-4
Golden State Warriors2728.491 17-1010-18112.9113.7L15-0-5
Sacramento Kings2233.400 12-1610-17114.2118.7L82-0-8

Eastern Conference

NBA SoutheastWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Atlanta Hawks3025.545 14-1016-15113.3111.2L17-0-3
Miami Heat2827.509 15-1313-14106.2107.5L26-0-4
Charlotte Hornets2727.500 13-1214-15110.2111.3L34-0-6
Washington Wizards2133.389 10-1611-17113.8118.6L15-0-5
Orlando Magic1837.327 10-198-18104.3112.0L63-0-7

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Memphis Grizzlies2726.509 13-1614-10112.9111.6L16-0-4
San Antonio Spurs2627.491 12-1714-10110.7112.0L13-0-7
New Orleans Pelicans2530.455 16-149-16114.5114.9L15-0-5
Houston Rockets1441.255 7-207-21108.3114.8L41-0-9

Last Injuries

Utah Jazz

  • Joe Ingles

    Knee
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Ingles was held out of the previous game due to left knee soreness, and it is unknown if he will line up for Wednesday's tilt versus the Pacers.

  • Jordan Clarkson

    Ankle
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Clarkson has missed the previous four games with a sprained right ankle, and it is uncertain if he will take the court Friday versus the Pacers.

  • Shaquille Harrison

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | out

    Harrison is out of commission as he is enrolled in the NBA's health and safety protocols, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Mike Conley

    Hamstring
    Prob Tues | probable

    Conley sat out the previous game with a hamstring injury, but it is projected that he will suit up for Tuesday's tilt with the Thunder.

  • Mike Conley

    Rest
    Out Mon | out

    Conley will not dress for Monday's contest versus the Wizards as he will receive a day of rest.

  • Juwan Morgan

    Calf
    Prob Sat | probable

    Morgan has been out of commission due to tightness in his left calf, but he is expected to return against the Kings on Saturday.

  • Elijah Hughes

    Illness
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Hughes has missed the previous three games with an illness, and it is uncertain if he will take the court Thursday versus the Trail Blazers.

  • Mike Conley

    Rest
    Out Sat | out

    Conley will not suit up against the Magic on Saturday as he will be given a day of rest.

Portland Trail Blazers

  • Gary Trent Jr.

    Ankle
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Trent Jr. was absent from the last game due to right ankle soreness, and it remains to be seen if he will be active on Friday versus the Magic.

  • Jusuf Nurkic

    Rest
    Out Sat | out

    Nurkic will not be available for Saturday's clash with the Pistons as he will receive a day of rest.

  • Rodney Hood

    Hip
    Prob Sat | probable

    Hood has missed the previous four contests with a right hip flexor strain, but it projected that he will be available versus the Cavaliers on Saturday.

  • Jusuf Nurkic

    Knee
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Nurkic was held out of the last game due to right knee inflammation, but it is projected that he will suit up Thursday against the Jazz.

  • Derrick Jones Jr.

    Quadricep
    Prob Tues | probable

    Jones Jr. missed the previous game with a right quad contusion, but it is projected that he will be available Tuesday versus the Clippers.

  • Nassir Little

    Thumb
    Prob Sat | probable

    Little has missed the last three games with a right thumb sprain, but it is likely that he will be available Saturday versus the Thunder.