27 December 2010
UTAH JAZZ (21-9) vs. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (15-15)Game #31 • Home Game #17 • EnergySolutions Arena • SALT LAKE CITY December 27, 2010 • 7 p.m. (MT) • TV: FSN Utah RADIO: 1320 AM KFNZ/B98.7 FM and 1600 AM ESPN DEPORTE
The Utah Jazz have won five in a row against the Trailblazers and 9 of 10. The spread for this game is -8 in the Jazz favor.
The Utah Jazz defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 103-94, the team’s fifth consecutive road win. Now 6-2 on the road, the Jazz overcame an 11-point deficit to claim the win away from the home team. Utah was perfect at the line, going 21-21 from the free-throw line. C.J. Miles set a new career-high in three-pointers made, connecting on seven from behind the arc. Two Jazz players picked up double-doubles. Al Jefferson recorded 20 points with 14 rebounds while Deron Williams scored 12 points with 11 assists. For the Trail Blazers, former Jazzman Wesley Matthews had 16 points with two boards while Rudy Fernandez helped the team off the bench with 12 points and one steal. Mehmet Okur remained on the inactive list due to a torn left Achilles’ tendon.(Media Guide)
All-Time Series Notes
The Utah Jazz are 62-14 @ home against the Blazers.
Portland- Greg Oden (left knee), Joel Przybilla (left ankle), Brandon Roy (left knee) and Elliot Williams (right knee) will not play
Utah- Mehmet Okur – DAY-TO-DAY (mild right ankle sprain
Matchup of Night-
Aldridge against Millsap- although Millsap is giving up 3 inches, he plays much bigger than he is. Having said that if Millsap gets in foul trouble we could see AK slide over on LaMarcus if needs be.
The Century Mark.
Deron has to speed the pace of the game up and start scoring early. The Utah Jazz are 15-1 when scoring over 100 points and the Trailblazers are 1-8 when opponents score over 100.
Starting the New Year right.
The Jazz have four winnable games this week, with two against Portland. It is very hard to beat a NBA team twice in one week, especially when the second game is @ the Rose Garden on the second night of a back to back. We have to win this one.
The Bench needs to show up.
The last time these two met Cj went nuts from three point land and sparked a furious comeback. We need to see the bench score at least 20 points tonight.
Jazz 97 Blazers 89
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