Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Pick

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Utah Jazz
vs.
Oklahoma City Thunder

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 13, 8:00 pm EST

Television: ESPN

Basketball Odds from WagerWeb

Point Spread: TBD

Total: TBD

 

NBA Betting Trends

Utah Jazz

  • Utah is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Utah’s last 7 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
  • Utah is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Oklahoma City
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Utah’s last 6 games when playing Oklahoma City
  • Utah is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Oklahoma City is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Utah
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oklahoma City’s last 7 games when playing at home against Utah
  • Oklahoma City is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Utah
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oklahoma City’s last 6 games when playing Utah
  • Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

 

The Utah Jazz have been passed up by the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference standings. If Utah is going to have any chance at a playoff run, they’ll have to kick it into gear very soon. Oklahoma City is 28-4 at home this year, so the Jazz will have their work cut out for them Wednesday night in Oklahoma City. Utah beat the Thunder last month, but that game was in Salt Lake City. The task will be much tougher this time around.

Game Overview:

Utah has a great 23-8 record at home this year, but they are only 10-23 away from home. Paul Millsap has missed the last two games with a knee injury, and he remains questionable for this game. Millsap is the team’s second leading scorer and rebounder, and he leads the team in steals. Mo Williams just came back to the lineup four games ago, and he is trying to get acclimated with the rest of the team once again. Enes Kanter has been putting up some big numbers of late, and that is a great sign for the future of the Jazz.

The Jazz have a ton of talent in the frontcourt with Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors, and now Enes Kanter. They need better production from the backcourt to make a playoff push. Gordon Hayward has been playing well at the shooting guard spot, but the rest of the backcourt has been disappointing. Utah is right in the middle of the pack on both offense and defense according to the stats. If this team is going to the playoffs, they are going to have to be better than mediocre.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are coming off a disappointing loss in San Antonio on Monday night. The short-handed Spurs really took it to the Thunder. The loss put an end to a five-game winning streak that the Thunder took into the game. Russell Westbrook put up 27 shots in the loss to the Spurs on Monday. Kevin Durant scored 26 points despite getting only 13 shots from the floor. The Thunder definitely need to make sure Durant gets his shots, because there isn’t anyone tougher to guard in the NBA. Kevin Martin has been slumping a bit of late. Martin has only scored more than 12 points in one of the team’s last seven games.

No other team in the NBA can boast of four scoring weapons like Oklahoma City has. Durant, Westbrook, Martin, and Ibaka all average at least 13.4 points per game. Any one of them is capable of carrying the team for long periods of time. Ibaka is shooting 57 percent from the floor, and Westbrook is averaging a career high 7.6 assists per game. While the offense is great, the Thunder’s improvement on defense is even more impressive. Oklahoma City ranks second in the NBA in field goal percentage defense.

Prediction:

The Jazz have struggled on the road all year, and the Thunder will be looking for a big win to bounce back from their loss against the Spurs. I think this one gets ugly.
Thunder 108 Jazz 93

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