NBA Regular Season: Utah Jazz (26-21) at Portland Trail Blazers (23-23) -- Game Preview

Steve Dykes-US PRESSWIRE

Game #48 • Rose Garden • Portland, OR • February 2, 2013 • 8:00 p.m. (MT) • TV: ROOT Sports RADIO: 1280 AM/97.5 FM and 1600 AM ESPN Deportes

NBA Regular Season 2012-2013, Game 48:

Utah Jazz (26-21) @ Portland Trail Blazers (23-23)

#UTAatPOR Game Stream -- Blazers Edge (SB Nation) -- Trail Blazers vs Jazz coverage

Really? These guys again?

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The Basics:

Yeah, not much has changed from last game in terms of what to expect from these two teams -- so you can read it again. We played each other last night and we won 86-77, and you can read all about it here. Between THEN and now we have learned a few things:

  • Sasha Pavlovic (POR) is out indefinitely with plantar fasciitis in his left foot
  • Ronnie Price (POR) is out, as he got hurt last night (looked like an ankle)
  • Wesley Matthews (POR) is a game time decision
  • Elliot Williams (POR) was already out with surgery recovery for his left Achilles
  • Earl Watson (UTA) is out, with a bone bruise and stress fracture (right leg)
  • Gordon Hayward (UTA) is out with a shoulder injury
  • Mo Williams (UTA) is out because his wife just had a baby, and he's injured

Oh, and Damian Lillard played played 42 minutes last night and Randy Foye missed 8 of his 11 threes. If you like guard play then tonight may not be your night, unless you are a huge Nolan Smith fan. I expect Lillard to still be good, but the game is going to be even more slow, and grind-it-out. I think that favors our guys. At this part of the season fatigue should be an issue, but not for the Jazz who already had a 'longer than All-Star Break' break a few nights ago.

Al Jefferson needs to win round two against LaMarcus Aldridge. I expect Nicolas Batum to have a bounce back game. Tonight is going to be harder, we're only 26-55 on the road against Portland; however, we've won 5 straight against Portland, including two on their floor last year.

Should be a fun game.

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