Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Keys to picking the win streak right back up

PORTLAND, OR - FEBRUARY 11: CJ McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers shoots the ball against the Utah Jazz on February 11, 2018 at the Moda Center Arena in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - FEBRUARY 11: CJ McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers shoots the ball against the Utah Jazz on February 11, 2018 at the Moda Center Arena in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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SALT LAKE CITY, UT – JANUARY 20: The Utah Jazz celebrates during the game against the LA Clippers on January 20, 2018 at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – JANUARY 20: The Utah Jazz celebrates during the game against the LA Clippers on January 20, 2018 at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Prediction – Jazz 104, Blazers 101

Although Utah won handily thanks to a strong second half the last time they faced the Portland Trail Blazers, I don’t think it’s going to be so easy this time around. Both teams know that there’s a lot at stake involved with this game and each will likely come out with heightened intensity that could create a playoff-like atmosphere.

Nevertheless, especially since the game is in Salt Lake and considering how well the Jazz looked before the break and how well they’ve played against the Blazers this year, I’m going to pin them as being able to eke out a close and hard-fought bout tonight.

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The Jazz are certainly being tested right away after the break with a good opponent in the Portland Trail Blazers. Since they currently sit in just 10th place in the West, they’ll need to pull out a lot of tough wins if they are to make the playoffs, so ideally they’ll just get started with that right away tonight.

The showdown between the Utah Jazz and Blazers tips off this evening at 7:00 PM MT.