Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz: Preseason Preview, Time, TV Stations, How To Watch Free Live Stream Online

The Portland Trail Blazers will play their second straight game against the Utah Jazz at the Moda Center Tuesday night.

The Blazers lost 102-97 to the LA Clippers in Seattle, Washington on Monday night.

One aspect that stood out from that game was the work done by Blazers guard Anfernee Simons in central defense against Clippers forward Kawahi Leonard early in the game. The 6-foot-3 Simons held his own in the post against the much taller Leonard 6-7 and impressed Blazers coach Chauncey Billups.

“I thought Ant did a hell of a job in that position,” Billups said. “They really kind of attacked him. They went after him. He asserted himself and did a really good job. Kawhi did the about-face at the baseline, but in my mind, the way I see it, Kawhi Leonard will make that shot at anyone guarding him. So it wasn’t a bad defense, it was actually a really good offense. I think another time Ant blocked it and contested the shot, got out and ran.

An improved Simons defense would be a huge development for the Blazers this season.

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS VS. UTAH JAZZ

What: Trail Blazers (0-1) vs. Utah Jazz (0-1), 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Where: Moda center.

Radio: Rip City Radio (KPOJ 620 AM).

TV channel: Root Sports Plus (in Portland: Comcast 1253, DirecTV 687-1).

Watch the game live online: You can watch this game live for FREE with fuboTV (free trial). You can also get this game in DirecTV Stream’s “CHOICE” package (promotional offers) if you are out of fuboTV trials or just prefer this platform and its pricing plans. If you already have a cable or satellite provider showing Root Sports and want to watch online, you can watch this game live on Root Sports Live.

OPPORTUNITIES (Oregon Lottery/DraftKings)

money line: POR-104 | Utah-115.

Spread: POR-1 | About Below: 211.5

INJURIES

Blazer: Gary Payton II (core muscle), out until the regular season. Trendon Watford (right hip flexor) missed Monday night’s game against the Clippers.

Jazz: Udoka Azubuike (ankle) is out.

NEXT UP

The Blazers host Maccabi Ra’anana, a professional basketball team from Israel, at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The Blazers then play in Sacramento on Sunday at 6 p.m. before concluding the preseason with a 7 p.m. game on Oct. 11 with the Golden State Warriors.

The Blazers begin the regular season October 19 in Sacramento.

— Aaron Fentress | [email protected] | @AaronJFentress (Twitter), @AaronJFentress (Instagram), @AaronFentress (Facebook).

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