I am willing to lay the -5 number here with a Utah Jazz squad that has successfully navigated recent 4 game stretch without their top three point guards.

Event: (525) Portland Trail Blazers at (526) Utah Jazz
Date/Time: January 21, 2019 9PM EST
Play: Utah Jazz -5.0 (-110)

With starting PG Ricky Rubio going through a full practice yesterday, the questionable tag has been applied to him for tonight’s contest. His return if it happens would be a boost no matter how minutes he’s allowed to play but right now the Jazz are making the position work with the three man committee of star SG Donovan Mitchell, Point Forward Joe Ingles and 6’6″ reserve guard Royce O’Neal. O’Neal has brought a rebounding force to the backcourt grabbing 31 in the last four games while Ingles has admirably directed the offense with 24 assists and just 7 turnovers (3.4:1 ratio). Those two stellar efforts have allowed Mitchell to focus on his primary role of team’s leading scorer averaging 28.4 per game during this stretch. With things humming along, have to figure this particular matchup has the abiltity to reamin as lopsided as it’s been so far this season with Utah recording 30 & 21 point victories. Blazers offense has been destroying foes as of late but the numbers become a bit skewed when you look at their list of opponents over the six game hot streak. Defensive weaklings New Orleans, Cleveland, Sacramento, Charlotte and Chicago aren’t anywhere near the class of Utah which has held Portland to 90 & 96 points in thier two meetings. Utah’s cohesiveness, their matchup dominance, Portland’s somewhat slanted recent offensive numbers and the possibility of Rubio contributing some minutes here all lead toward a play on Utah tonight.

Recommendation: Utah -5

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Rob Veno has been entrenched in the sports handicapping community for 24 years and he’s been with Sportsmemo since its inception as a daily radio show in 1998. His 20* Bluechip releases have become synonymous with success and he’s carved a place for himself among the nation’s elite handicappers. Rob’s fundamental analysis of football, basketball and baseball on the college and pro levels has him regarded as one of the best in the business at breaking down games.Rob began to make an imprint on the Las Vegas scene in the mid-1990’s with his weekly football and basketball newsletter which contained game selections and analysis. Las Vegas’ Gambler’s Book Club along with sportsbooks on and off the strip carried the publication which expanded his recognition. He was subsequently invited into Las Vegas’ most prestigious handicapping contests of that time, the Stardust Invitational in 1996 and 2004 and the Sunset Station Invitational in 2000.A veteran of sports handicapping radio, Rob began in 1992 by co-hosting a weekly Friday night show at 840 AM KVEG. He went on to do numerous live shows as a guest analyst from casino sportsbooks across the Las Vegas valley working with a litany of respected hosts and the most recognized handicappers in the business. Rob finally settled in as one of the mainstays on the daily Vegas Sportswire betting show which ultimately became the famed Sportsmemo Radio Show and now Podcast. His expertise has been heard on radio stations across the country over the years as he’s done a multitude of guest analyst segments.Rob is a Connecticut native and after spending 11 years in Las Vegas from 1991-2002 he now resides outside of Philadelphia with his wife.

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