Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz: Preseason preview, time, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online

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The Portland Trail Blazers will play the second of back-to-back games Tuesday night against the Utah Jazz at the Moda Center.

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

An aspect that stood out from that game was the job Blazers guard Anfernee Simons did on defense inside against Clippers forward Kawahi Leonard early in the game. The 6-foot-3 Simons held his own in the post against the much larger, 6-7 Leonard, impressing 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 stood his ground, did a really good job. Kawhi made the turn-around on the baseline but in my eyes, the way I see that is, Kawhi Leonard is gonna make that shot on whoever’s guarding him. So, it wasn’t bad defense, it was really good offense, actually. I think another time, Ant fought him off and contested the shot and got out and ran.”

An improved Simons on 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 on DirecTV Stream’s “CHOICE” package (promotional offers), if you are out of fuboTV trials, or simply prefer that platform and their pricing plans. If you already have a cable or satellite provider that carries Root Sports and want to watch online, you can watch this game live on Root Sports Live.

ODDS (Oregon Lottery/DraftKings)

Moneyline: POR -104 | Utah -115.

Spread: POR -1 | Over/Under: 211.5

INJURIES

Blazers: 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 club based in Israel, at 7 p.m., Thursday.

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

The Blazers begin the regular season Oct. 19 at Sacramento.

— Aaron Fentress | afentress@Oregonian.com | @AaronJFentress (Twitter), @AaronJFentress (Instagram), @AaronFentress (Facebook).

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