The Utah Jazz will host the Portland Trail Blazers for the NBA Western Conference game on Thursday.
The Jazz hold the best record in the league (38-13) and were impressive during the 2020-21 NBA season.
The Trail Blazers also ran great, although they missed two starters due to injuries, CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic. So far, they have a record of 30-20 and rank sixth in the West.
Thursday’s match will be the second game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Utah Jazz this season. In their previous match on December 23, Jazz secured a 120-100 victory in Portland. This time they will meet at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.
Prediction of the Portland Trail Blazers against the Utah Jazz
The five-time All-NBA keeper added 29 points and 7.7 assists per game, with 44% efficiency from the field, 38% from the three-point line (10.8 attempts per game) and 94% from free throws.
In the Utah Jazz, Donovan Mitchell is definitely the most talented player and was the offensive leader of the current first seed of the entire NBA League. Mitchell averaged a team (and career highest) of 25.8 points per game and distributed the ball well, averaging 5.4 assists per game in his career.
Mitchell has to put more energy into the defense, but still records theft per game, which definitely helps the Utah Jazz defense, which is already solid.
Meanwhile, Norman Powell is traded from the Toronto Raptors to the Portland Trail Blazers for Rodney Hood and Gary Trent Jr. The winger arrived in Portland with the same offensive game he showed in Toronto.
Powell had a career in the Raptors. In six games with the Portland Trail Blazers, he averages 18 points per game with split shots 45/42/79. Terry Stotts has included him in the starting lineup, and the Blazers are 4-2 with him so far.
Overall, Powell is scoring 19.4 career-high points this season, with a 49/44/85 shot split.
With Jusuf Nurkić injured for most of the year (he played only 17 of the Blazers’ 50 games), Enes Kanter strengthened the squad with great efficiency and effort. The Portland Trail Blazers center is averaging 12 points and 11.7 rebounds per game this season.
Kanter made 50 appearances in the current campaign and started 33 times for the Portland Trail Blazers. Moreover, he ranks 11th in the entire NBA league when it comes to doubles (28) in the 2020-21 season.
To close our combined lineup, we have Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert. He is the anchor of the team in defense and makes everything work at that end of the field.
The Frenchman, who is already a two-time winner of the Defensive Player of the Year award, is scoring 14.6 points, 13.3 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game for the Utah Jazz this year. He is second in the league in blocks per game and leads the NBA in a defensive rating.
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