While the currently sit at sixth in the Western Conference, a position many other teams would like to be in, the Trail Blazers haven’t had much success recently in beating the teams above them in the standings. They’ll have an opportunity to reverse that trend Thursday night versus the Utah Jazz, owners of the best record in the NBA, in Salt Lake City. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
ALL TIME: Jazz lead, 105-88
PORTLAND HOME: Trail Blazers lead, 65-32
UTAH HOME: Jazz lead, 73-23
LAST PORTLAND WIN: 125-104, 2/1/20 (Portland)
LAST UTAH WIN: 120-100, 12/23/20 (Portland)
CURRENT WIN STREAK: Two (Utah)
• The Trail Blazers April 8 game against the Jazz will be the second matchup between Portland and Utah this season. The Jazz lead the season series, 1-0.
• HISTORIC SHOOTING: The Jazz (17.0) and Trail Blazers (16.2) are the league leaders in three-pointers made per game. They are both on pace to break the NBA record for average 3PM over a season, which is currently held by the 2018-19 Houston Rockets (16.1).
• LAST MEETING: The Jazz won the sole matchup thus far this season, 120-100, in both team’s season opener on Dec. 23. CJ McCollum led the Trail Blazers with 23 points (7-19 FG, 3-8 3-PT, 6-6 FT), four rebounds, three assists and one block. Rudy Gobert paced the Jazz with 20 points (8-10 FG, 4-6 FT), 17 rebounds, two assists and…