The Jazz entered Friday ranked eighth in offensive rating (115. 4) and fifth in scoring (116. 6 points per game). But the defense isn’t bad, either. The Jazz rank ninth in defensive rating (112. 1). Their net rating of plus-2. 5 ranks seventh. The Blazers net rating of plus-2. 07 ranks 11th. These two teams will meet again in Utah on Dec. 3. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS VS. UTAH JAZZWhat: Trail Blazers (10-5) vs. Jazz (11-6), 7 p. m., Saturday. Where: Moda Center. Radio: Rip City Radio (KPOJ 620 AM). TV channel: Root Sports Plus (in Portland: Comcast 1253, DirecTV 687-1). Watch the game live online: You can watch this game live for FREE with fuboTV (free trial). You can also get this game on DirecTV Stream’s “CHOICE” package (promotional offers), if you are out of fuboTV trials, or simply prefer that platform and their pricing plans. If you already have a cable or satellite provider that carries Root Sports and want to watch online, you can watch this game live on Root Sports Live.
He did it all in 21 minutes off the bench. Against The Jazz, we’ll see if Grant can get it going and if Sharpe can keep it going. What Others Are Saying Sven Karabegovic of SLC Dunk talks about how Utah was able to get back to its winning ways last night with blazing-hot offense. After back-to-back games highlighting low levels of energy, focus, and execution, the Jazz came out with no holds barred against the Suns.
They’ve got a plethora of different weapons to beat you with. Forward Lauri Markkanen is having a career year, averaging 22. 2 points per game. Jordan Clarkson, now inserted into the starting lineup, is always a tough cover. High-scoring guard Collin Sexton has taken over the role of torching bench units, scoring 13. 3 points in a little over 20 minutes per game. The Blazers defense has vastly improved this year. Tonight will be a great test. Jerami Grant and Shaedon Sharpe.
Two of the most surprising teams in the NBA will play in what amounts to an important early-season game between teams tied for first in the West. Prior to the season, the over/under for Portland victories was 40. 5. Utah, 23. Yet here they are with a combined 21 victories already. The Blazers (10-5) at least made moves to upgrade their roster in hopes of a quick turnaround after a 27-55 season. The Jazz (11-6), on the other hand, traded away their best two players, Donovan Mitchell (Cleveland) and Rudy Gobert (Minnesota). The players they received in return, Lauri Markkanen and Collin Sexton (both from Cleveland), as well as Malik Beasley, Walker Kessler, Leandro Bolmaro and Jarred Vanderbilt (all from Minnesota) were not expected by most to impact winning. Nevertheless, Markkanen is having a breakthrough season while Sexton is back to playing well after missing 71 games last season because of a knee injury.
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Also, Beasley and Kessler are providing solid depth while Vanderbilt is starting. They all joined Mike Conley Jr., Jordan Clarkson and Kelly Olynyk (acquired from Detroit). Just like that, Danny Ainge, CEO of basketball operations, has assembled a winner that has already defeated several winning teams, such as Denver, New Orleans, Memphis (twice), the LA Clippers, Atlanta and Phoenix. On Friday night, the Jazz won 134-133 over the Suns. Markkanen scored a career-high 38 points on 15-of-18 shooting. Utah’s offense has been a key reason for its success.
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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz PreviewThe Portland Trail Blazers face the Utah Jazz tonight in a battle of the Western Conference’s top two teams (and with that, the Conference’s two biggest surprises). It’s the final matchup of a three-game home stand for the Blazers before they fly away again for a four-game road trip. After a 4-2 record on their last road trip had people shouting and dancing from the rooftops, the Blazers have cooled off a little since returning to PDX. The Blazers barely got by the inexperienced San Antonio Spurs, then ran out of gas Thursday night against the dying-in-dysfunction Brooklyn Nets, losing 109-107 in the final second. Still, Portland holds the No. 1 spot in the Western Conference and has a great chance to rebound tonight against quality competition.
Let’s see how the system works tonight. Scoring. As rugged as Portland’s offense looked at times last game, believe it or not, the Blazers were nearly on pace for their season scoring average of 109. 7. That’s good enough for 25th best in the Association. The Jazz on the other hand, score in bunches and move that rock! Utah is scoring 117. 6 points per game (third-best in the NBA) and dishing out 28. 1 assists per game (fifth-best).
The No. 2 seed in the West, The Jazz have also cooled off lately. After starting the season 10-3, The Jazz are losers of their last four games, but that one win did come last night in a 134-133 barnburner over the Phoenix Suns. On the second night of a back-to-back, The Jazz will look to collect another W against a stout conference opponent. Trail Blazers vs. Jazz - Saturday, November 19 - 7:00 p. m. PT How to watch on TV: Root Sports Plus, NBA League Pass, NBA TV Blazers injuries: Gary Payton II (out), Keon Johnson (out), Nassir Little (questionable) Jazz injuries: Rudy Gay (out) SBN Affiliate: SLC Dunk The Matchup Moving that rock! I hear you Blazer’s Edge, I read what many are saying in the comments.
The Blazers offense wasn’t beautiful Thursday night and Portland’s two high-octane guards resorted to too much dribble-pounding, iso-heavy basketball. Damian Lillard (8-24 on the night) shot 1-6 in the third quarter and 2-8 in the fourth, riding questionable shot selection. Anfernee Simons (8-20), after catching fire in the third, rode the hot hand too long and took the offense out of rhythm with several unsuccessful isolation plays. It helped spur an 11-0 run from the Nets to get them back in the game. While some of these issues were exacerbated by Portland’s Big Three shooting a combined 18-57 — and while I think we owe Simons some grace as he takes on a star role for the first time — the two guards must be better navigating that tap dance between hunting shots and giving the offense flow. They know it and Chauncey Billups knows it.
One of these players came back down to earth Thursday night, while the other skyrocketed to a career high. After averaging 31 points over a three-game stretch, Jerami Grant shot 2-13 for just 5 points against the Nets. On the other hand, Shaedon Sharpe had his best game as a pro, scoring 20 points on 7-8 shooting and 4-5 from long distance.
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