The Portland Trail Blazers are coming off of just their fourth loss of the 2013-14 NBA season after Monta Ellis sent them down with a game-winning buzzer-beater on Saturday. However, the Blazers get some respite and a great opportunity to bounce back from a rare loss this season as they face off with the Utah Jazz.
On the night prior to the loss to the Dallas Mavericks, Portland put forth a gargantuan offensive effort against the Jazz. The Blazers set the NBA record for three-point percentage in a game where a team took at least 20 attempts, hitting 17 of their 23 attempts. They finished the night with a monstrous 130 points while shooting 55.4 percent from the floor as a team and having three 20-point scorers.
It’s really no big surprise that the Blazers would be able to have that kind of offensive effort against Utah. The Blazers currently have the most efficient offense in the league right now, putting up 109.4 points per 100 possessions. In stark contrast, the Jazz have the worst defense in the NBA, giving up 108.1 points per 100 possessions.
With strong ball-movement, great off-ball movement, and finding a ton of open shots, the Blazers have been a juggernaut offensively all year, but even more so over their last five games. In their last five contests, the Blazers have put up 115 points per 100 possessions, by far the best rate in the league over that span. Moreover, they’ve put up those numbers while posting a 58 percent true-shooting percentage, a fantastic rate for a team.
Portland has been able to have success offensively against most every team that they’ve played this year. However, no effort that they’ve put forth has been as productive as their contest this past Friday against the Jazz. Sure, their rematch on Monday is in Utah and not at the Moda Center in Portland, but you can really expect similar results from the Blazers and the game.