The Portland Trail Blazers (40-29) are hitting the road for the next two games. First up, the NBA leading Utah Jazz (50-19).
Portland is 0-2 on the season vs. Utah, but the Blazers have now won four-straight games and eight of their last nine contests. The Blazers will see a very different Jazz squad on the court Wednesday. Utah will be without star Donovan Mitchell who will not play in the team’s final three games as he continues to heal from a right ankle injury suffered on April 16 vs. the Pacers.
Without Mitchell in the lineup, the Jazz are 8-5 in his absence. Mike Conley will also be sidelined on Wednesday with right hamstring tightness.
The Blazers currently hold the sixth seed in the West heading into their final three games. In order to avoid the play-in tournament, Portland must win at least two of its final three games. Will the Trail Blazers be able to take advantage of the short-handed Jazz and get a crucial win on the road?
It will certainly be a high-stakes showdown for Portland as Utah has already clinched it’s a top-two seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
The Trail Blazers are 1-point underdogs against the Jazz on Monday, odds provided by our partner PointsBet.
MONEYLINE: -- Trail Blazers: +100 -- Jazz: -121
HOW TO WATCH:
When: Wednesday, May 12
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena | Salt Lake City, Utah
Start time: 6:30 p.m. PT
TV channel: NBCSNW, the official network of the Portland Trail Blazers
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
For the Blazers, Nassir Little (lower back, spasms) and Zach Collins (left ankle, stress fracture) are out for Wednesday's game at Utah.
For the Jazz, Mike Conley (right hamstring; tightness), Donovan Mitchell (right ankle; sprain) and Juwan Morgan (right heel; soreness) are out.
Projected starting lineup:
For the Blazers – • Damian Lillard • CJ McCollum • Norman Powell • Robert Covington • Jusuf Nurkic
For the Rockets–
• Bojan Bogdanovic • George Niang • Rudy Gobert • Royce O’Neale • Joe Ingles
What happened last time:
Damian Lillard scored 23 points (8-21 FG, 3-12 3-PT, 4-6 FT), five rebounds and six assists as the Blazers fell 122-103 to the Jazz on April 8 in Salt Lake City. In the same matchup, Donovan Mitchell led the way with 37 points (14-25 FG, 1-8 3-PT, 8-8 FT), five rebounds, four assists and one steal.