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    Portland Trailblazers versus Utah Jazz Pick Prediction Lines Odds Preview 4-1-2013

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    The 33-40 Portland Trailblazers will travel to play the 38-36 Utah Jazz in an NBA pro basketball game on Monday night. Tip off time from Utah is scheduled for 9PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.

    The odds from this NBA pro basketball game has the home team Utah Jazz favored by -9 points with an over under line of 200 points. There has been no line movement since the odds were released a few hours ago.

    The teams have met three times this season with Utah winning and covering the point spread in two of the three games.

    Portland has a road record of 11-27 on the season. They lose their fourth straight game of the season after a 125-98 road defeat on Saturday to the Golden St Warriors as a +9 ½ point underdog. The game finished over 202 ½ points. The Trailblazers get outscored 60-43 in the second half in defeat. They shot just 38.4% from the floor and 8 of 23 three pointers. Portland gives up 54% shooting to the Golden St and allowed the Warriors to pull down 14 more rebounds than the Trailblazers. Meyers Leonard led Portland with 22 points and ten rebounds as he made 9 of his 17 shots. Portland played without LaMarcus Aldridge their leading scorer who missed the game with an ankle injury. The Trailblazers sit in the 11th seed in the Western conference and trails the eighth seeded Utah Jazz by 4 ½ games with nine games left. Portland is in this dire situation because of their defense. They rank 28th and third to last in the NBA in field goal defense by giving up 47% shooting to their opponents this season.

    The Jazz are 27-9 playing on their home court. Utah wins their fourth straight after a 116-107 home victory on Saturday to the Brooklyn Nets as a -4 ½ point betting favorite. The game finished over 192 points. It was a big second half by Utah as they outscored a tired and road weary Brooklyn team 64-53 in the second half. The Nets were on a back to back playing at Denver the night before. Utah enjoyed a 55.6% shooting game with 10 of 17 three pointers. Good thing Utah shot well because they gave up 51.9% shooting to the Nets and allowed Brooklyn to pull down eight more rebounds than the Jazz. Utah forced 17 Nets turnovers and gave only 10 back. Randy Foye led Utah with 26 points on an 8 of 9 shooting night from the three point line. Utah has seen a significant surge offensively as the team has scored an average of 107.8 points per game over their past five contests. In the playoff race Utah sits tied with the LA Lakers for the eighth seed in the Western conference with just eight games remaining.