Jazz-Trail Blazers Preview

Automated InsightsDecember 8, 2013

The Portland Trail Blazers will have their chance to bring down the Northwest's best team, when they play the division rival Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz come into the game with a 4-18 record and have not played very well this season. With a quarter of the season down, the Trail Blazers look to keep playing at an elite level and sport a record of 17-4. They have been hot as of late, winning eight of their last 10. This game is scheduled to start at 9:00 pm EST and it will be covered by CSN-NW and ROOT-RM.

The Jazz are regrouping after their loss to the Kings, 112-102. Gordon Hayward was the team's high scorer, contributing 22. Meanwhile, the Trail Blazers are coming off a close 108-106 loss against the Mavericks. Leading the game in scoring, Damian Lillard had 32 points. This will be the second matchup of the season between these two teams, with the Trail Blazers taking the first game, 130-98. With a double-double in that game, LaMarcus Aldridge played a big role with 20 points and 15 rebounds.

Portland could own the offensive glass in this matchup, as they rank second in the NBA in OR% at 29.7%. Conversely, Utah places 29th in the league on the defensive backboards with a DR% of 71.7%.