Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers Prediction: Injury Report, Starting 5s, Betting Odds and Spread - November 19 | 2022-23 NBA Season

Utah Jazz v Portland Trail Blazers
Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Utah Jazz will visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, November 19th in a matchup between the two teams that have surprised most viewers with their respective performances. These teams are tied for the best record in the Western Conference.

After trading Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Royce O'Neale away, Utah were expected to be among the worst teams in the NBA. Aside from a failed attempt at drafting Victor Wembanyama, the Jazz have not missed a beat. They are currently 11-6, thanks to a top-five offensive unit. Utah's offense currently ranks third in points per game and fifth in offensive rating. While their defense has not had the same success, ranking just 18th in opponents points per game and 14th in defensive ratings, the Jazz look destined to make the postseason for the seventh straight year under first-year head coach Will Hardy.

The Trail Blazers are also off to a surprising start. Portland were picked by many to miss the playoffs altogether, but a strong defense has led them to a 10-5 record. While the Trail Blazers offense ranks just 25th in points per game and 13th in offensive ratings, their defense ranks fifth in opponents points per game and sixth in defensive ratings. After missing the postseason last season for the first time since Damian Lillard's rookie season, Portland appear to be on their way back.

The Jazz are 5-5 on the road, while the Trail Blazers are 4-3 at home.

Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers Match Details

Fixture: Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers

Date and Time: Saturday, November 19th, 10:00 p.m. EST

Venue: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon

Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers Injury Report

Utah Jazz will be without forward Rudy Gay for the third straight game as he remains on the sidelines due to a left finger sprain. Portland Trail Blazers guard Gary Payton II, who is yet to make his season debut, remains out of action as he recovers from offseason core surgery. Second-year guard Keon Johnson will miss his seventh straight game with a left hip pointer. Forward Nassir Little is listed as questionable with left calf soreness.

Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers Injury Report

Rudy GayUtah JazzOutFinger
Gary Payton IIPortland Trail BlazersOutCore
Keon JohnsonPortland Trail BlazersOutHip
Nassir LittlePortland Trail BlazersQuestionableCalf

Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers Betting Odds and Spread

TeamSpreadOver/UnderMoney Line
Utah Jazz+4(-110)Over 227.5(-110)+145
Portland Trail Blazers-4(-110)Under 227.5(-110)-170

Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook

Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers Starting 5s

Jazz - PG Mike Conley, SG Jordan Clarkson, SF Jarred Vanderbilt, PF Lauri Markkanen, C Kelly Olynyk

Trail Blazers - PG Damian Lillard, SG Anfernee Simons, SF Josh Hart, PF Jerami Grant, C Jusuf Nurkic

Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers Betting Prediction

Utah Jazz are set to enter their matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers in the second leg of a back-to-back. Utah's offense has been phenomenal this season, however, Portland's defense has not done all too badly either. Look for the Trail Blazers defense to win this matchup, as the Jazz may not have gas left in the tank after such a closely contested game last night. Expect Portland to win by at least five points.

Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers -4 (-110)

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Edited by Sidharta Sikdar