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Utah Jazz (0-0) @ Portland Trail Blazers (0-0)10/25/2016 | Moda Center | Portland, Oregon8:00 PM MT | ROOT Sports | 1280 AM / 97.5 FM

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The season is here! Finally! The Utah Jazz (0-0) will be tipping off against the Portland Trail Blazers (0-0). This will be the third time this October where the two teams will see each other. Each time Utah has fallen. Will they break the trend tonight? Maybe. Portland has dominated their home openers of late.

But for reals. Anything can happen. Something's gonna have to happen for Utah. They will be without Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, and Alec Burks. (Aka, three of the four from a former core.) That puts Utah at a talent disadvantage, but you still have to play the game.

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Portland has star power at guard, and Utah does not. On the flip-side, Utah is big inside, and Portland isn't going to shy away. It's going to be a pretty crazy night.

Potential Starters:

PG: George Hill vs. Damian Lillard

SG: Rodney Hood vs. C.J. McCollum

SF: Joe Johnson vs. Maurice Harkless

PF: Boris Diaw vs. Al-Farouq Aminu

C: Rudy Gobert vs. Mason Plumlee

Key Bench:

Shelvin Mack vs. Shabazz Napier

Dante Exum vs. Allen Crabbe

Joe Ingles vs. Evan Turner

Boris Diaw vs. Ed Davis

Trey Lyles vs. Meyers Leonard


Injuries / Absences:

Festus Ezeli (POR C) is out. But he wasn't really that much of an impact player for the Golden State Warriors. It's nothing like the talent missing for Utah. Gordon Hayward (UTA SG/SF) is out with his fractured finger. Derrick Favors (UTA PF/C) is out is ongoing IT band issues and a knee bone bruise. And Alec Burks (SG/PG) is out, still doing rehabilitation.

I don't have much else to say. I just want the game to start. Oh, and I want League Pass to work.

GO JAZZ GO!

Poll

Who's going to win tonight?

This poll is closed

  • 11%
    Jazz by 11+
    (12 votes)
  • 11%
    Jazz by 6-10
    (12 votes)
  • 19%
    Jazz by 1-5
    (20 votes)
  • 5%
    Blazers by 1-5
    (6 votes)
  • 40%
    Blazers by 6-10
    (42 votes)
  • 10%
    Blazers by 11+
    (11 votes)
103 votes total Vote Now