We have an absolute thrilling game tonight against two teams that nobody would have had leading the Western conference at the start of the season. Portland currently sits in first place at 10-5 on the year, while Utah is 11-6 currently slated in 2nd place. This should be an awesome matchup against two teams who have excelled everyones expectations thus far.
Portland is rested and healthy which is essential for them. They also are 11-4 against the spread which is exactly what we’re looking for. Utah is coming off a back to back where they had an intense battle with the Phoenix Suns. Utah’s starters had to play a ton of minutes in what was a very fast paced scoring game. Utah likely will be tired tonight and this could play a huge impact in the outcome of this game as Portland isn’t the easiest matchup on the road on a back to back game. The biggest concern is Lauri Markannen who really has progressed into a excellent player so far this season. However Portland has multiple different wing defenders who they likely will throw at him to try and slow him down.
This line likely will continue to move as it’s already moved on some books to -4. This will be a challenging matchup for Utah to overcome and because of that I have to lean Portland tonight as they are in a much favorable position for this matchup!
Give me the Trail Blazers -3.5.
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