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Trail Blazers Get Robin Lopez Back From Injury Against Jazz

Trail Blazers Get Robin Lopez Back From Injury Against Jazz
The Portland Trail Blazers return home from a winless four-game road trip on Tuesday night to face the Utah Jazz and it appears likely that the Blazers will have starting center Robin Lopez in the lineup for the first time in months.

Portland is a 7.5-point favorite on Sportsbook.ag. Lopez has increased the intensity and volume of his workouts in recent days. Last week he resumed shooting with his right hand for the first time since fracturing it in two places during a win over the San Antonio Spurs on Dec. 15. Assuming no setbacks, Lopez, who is averaging 9.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game, should be cleared to play against the Jazz. He is officially listed as probable. “[Lopez] practiced today. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow and if everything goes well, he should be active,” Coach Terry Stotts said Monday. “He’s been anxious to get out there and he’s been making good progress and ramping up things, but this is the first day that he had contact. He’s tough on himself. I think he would have liked to play better, but it was good see him out there with the guys.” The Blazers (32-16) team could use his defense. The Blazers have surrendered 100 or more points just 18 times this season, but six of them came in January, when the Blazers went 6-9. They’ve allowed triple digits five times in the last eight games. Lopez originally announced a 6-7 week recovery time. Tuesday’s game will be the exact seven-week mark from that prognosis. Lopez has missed 23 games.  Portland is 15-6 this season with its preferred starting lineup of Lopez, Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum. Portland is 20-2 this season when leading after three quarters this season and 10-10 when trailing after three quarters. Portland is also 8-2 when trailing at home entering the fourth quarter. The Blazers’ Portland’s 14-point comeback victory over the Wizards on Saturday improved their record to an NBA-best 13-12 when trailing by 10+ points (.520). The Trail Blazers have already matched their win total from last season when trailing by double-digits (13-22 in 2013-14). Utah (17-30) comes off a very surprising 110-100 win Friday at home against Golden State behind 26 points and 15 rebounds from Gordon Heyward. The Jazz got a huge lift from the bench with 17 points from Trevor Booker and 15 from second-year point guard Trey Burke. The Jazz bench players scored 28 of the team’s 56 first-half points and finished with 51. Burke and the Blazers’ Lillard teamed up to win the 2014 Taco Bell Skills Challenge at All-Star Weekend. Tuesday marks the first of four matchups between the Trail Blazers and Jazz in 2014-15. Portland is eighth in the league in scoring at 102.4 points per game, while the Jazz are averaging 95.9 points (23rd in NBA). The Trail Blazers won all four of their games against the Jazz last season, marking the first time in franchise history that Portland swept the season series from Utah. Key betting trends: Over is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Portland. Over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. Jazz are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Portland. Jazz are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings. Road team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

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