Tonight’s game versus the Jazz is a big one for the Blazers. Utah has been on a bit of a slide and have only won 4 of their 10 games. They are currently 9th in the west, putting them just out of the playoffs. Tonight’s will not only distance ourselves more from Utah in the division race and the playoff race.
We have another huge bonus in the fact that Andrea Kiralinko is out indefinitely after getting ankle surgery earlier this week. Carlos Boozer is still out with a hurt knee. So the chance for us to get a win increases even more. However, Steve Blake is expected to be out again. So what are the keys to the game? Here is this humble man’s 2 cents.
1. Keep Deron Williams Out of the Paint
We need to make sure Deron Williams doesn’t beat us with his penetration. That opens up everything for the Jazz (especially Okur).
2. Play Tough
Since Jerry Sloan has been coaching the Jazz (since before I was born) the Jazz have been known as a tough hard nosed team. This years version of the team is no different. Paul Milsap has stepped in nicely during Boozer’s absence. So we need make sure we block him out and don’t let him beat us on the boards.
3. Win the Rebound Battle
We need to make sure and out-rebound the Jazz. It will go a long ways in securing a Blazers win.
I am going to go with the Jazz. I think the Blazers will win, but I think it will be a close one. I am also going with the under because I think that it will turn into a halfcourt possession oriented game.