05 November 2008
Brandon Roy is the x-factor in this one. He has proven to be a legitimate scorer, and I am interested to see how Brewer does against him (if that is who is assigned to guard him). Another Blazer player I like is Travis Outlaw. He seems to play well against us and I think he is one of the more underrated players in the west.
One thing I will be watching tonight is how Memo does against big Joel. Memo played better in LA (scoring wise). I'm sure he wants to get his 3 point shot to fall (as do we). We might need it tonight.
Match-up of the night--Has to be CJ/AK and Outlaw. Roy will get his points, but Outlaw may determine what kind of game we play tonight.
Stat of the Night--I'm still looking at turnovers. I'm impressed so far...let's keep it up! Portland can get out and run us off of turnovers, so I say that may be the stat to look at tonight.
Prediction--I think that the Jazz will be more comfortable with Price and Knight running the point. I will go ahead and say Jazz 99 Portland 88.
Prediction 2--I have a feeling DWILL won't play until Sunday at NY. Sounds like he is still in pain. He is listed as doubtfull for tonight. I don't think the Jazz will want to risk coming back too early...especially against the THUNDEROOS.
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