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Utah plays Portland, looks for 8th straight home win

March 8, 2022 GMT

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

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

BOTTOM LINE: Utah hosts Portland looking to prolong its seven-game home winning streak.

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 averaging 11.2.

The Trail Blazers are 1-11 in division play. Portland has a 1-4 record in one-possession games.

The two teams square off for the third time this season. The Jazz defeated the Trail Blazers 120-105 in their last matchup on Dec. 30. Gobert led the Jazz with 22 points, and Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 32 points.

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

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Anfernee Simons averages 3.1 made 3-pointers per game for the Trail Blazers, scoring 17.3 points while shooting 40.5% from beyond the arc. Josh Hart is shooting 45.2% and averaging 15.9 points over the last 10 games for Portland.

LAST 10 GAMES: Jazz: 7-3, averaging 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 have averaged 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% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 118.2 points.

INJURIES: Jazz: None listed.

Trail Blazers: Nassir Little: out for season (shoulder), Jusuf Nurkic: out (foot), Didi Louzada: out (kne), Damian Lillard: out (abdominal), Eric Bledsoe: out (achilles), Justise Winslow: out (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.