Utah takes on Portland, seeks 8th straight home win

Portland Trail Blazers (25-39, 11th in Western Conference) vs. Utah Jazz (40-24, fourth in Western Conference)

Salt Lake City; Wednesday, 10 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Utah hosts Portland looking to extend their seven-game winning streak at home.

The Jazz are 26-14 in Western Conference games. Utah is seventh in the Western Conference with 47.8 points per game in the paint led by Rudy Gobert with an average of 11.2.

The Trail Blazers are 1-11 in the division. Portland is 1-4 in one possession games.

The two teams are meeting for the third time this season. The Jazz beat the Trail Blazers 120-105 in their final game Dec. 30. Gobert led the Jazz with 22 points and Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 32 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Donovan Mitchell is averaging 25.7 points per game and averaging 4.0 rebounds for the Jazz. Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 3.4 3-pointers in Utah’s last 10 games.

Anfernee Simons is averaging 3.1 points per game for the Trail Blazers, scoring 17.3 points while shooting 40.5 percent from beyond the arc. Josh Hart is shooting 45.2 percent and averaging 15.9 points over Portland’s last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Jazz: 7-3, averaged 113.4 points, 47.5 rebounds, 24.0 assists, 7.9 steals and 4.9 blocks per game while shooting 47.1% from the field . Their opponents are averaging 107.9 points per game.

Trail Blazers: 4-6, averaging 103.8 points, 43.4 rebounds, 22.4 assists, 8.3 steals and 3.6 blocks per game while shooting 41.7 percent from the field. Their opponents average 118.2 points.

INJURIES: Jazz: None listed.

Trail Blazers: Nassir Little: absent for the season (shoulder), Jusuf Nurkic: absent (foot), Didi Louzada: absent (knee), Damian Lillard: absent (abdominal), Eric Bledsoe: absent (achilles), Justise Winslow: absent (achilles), Anfernee Simons: out (quad), Joe Ingles: out for season (knee).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.


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