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(1-0) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz (1-0)
Date: Saturday October 21
Time: 9:00PM EST
Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: OKC -5
NBA Betting Total: 202
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The new Oklahoma City Thunder showcased their new talent as the reigning MVP along side his new teammates crushed the New York Knights in grand fashion as they head to Salt Lake City Utah to take on the Jazz.
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The reigning MVP had 21 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds, and Oklahoma City beat the New York Knicks 105-84 on Thursday night in their first regular-season game with All-Star additions Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.
George, who was acquired in an offseason trade with the Indiana Pacers, led the Thunder with 28 points. He said he wasn’t used to getting so many open looks, but Westbrook took pressure off of him. Anthony, who was traded from the Knicks to the Thunder right before training camp began, had 22 points against his former team.
Kristaps Porzingis had 31 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks. Enes Kanter, who joined the Knicks in the deal that sent Anthony to the Thunder, finished with 10 points and seven rebounds. No other New York players scored in double figures.
George broke away for a dunk as time expired in the first half to give the Thunder a 53-42 lead. Porzingis scored 19 points before the break to keep the Knicks in it.
Kanter made three buckets early in the third quarter to keep the Knicks in it, but Westbrook found Steven Adams and Andre Roberson for back-to-back alley-oop dunks to give the Thunder a 69-52 lead.
After that, it was time for the Westbrook triple-double watch. He reached double digits in assists midway through the third quarter, then grabbed his 10th rebound with about four minutes remaining in the game. Easy win.
Utah had early issues with a retooled roster in its opener. Playing their first game since losing longtime star Gordon Hayward to free agency, the Jazz rallied around holdover Alec Burks (16 points in 15 minutes) during a 106-96 win over Denver on Wednesday.
Utah led the NBA in scoring defense last season (96.8 points per game) and was right on that mark in the opener, limiting the Nuggets to 13 fourth-quarter points and forcing 22 turnovers overall.
On the offensive end, center Rudy Gobert led five players in double-figures with 18 points and hauled in a team-high 10 rebounds.
Rudy Gobert led the team with 18 points and 10 rebounds, Alec Burks added 16 points, Derrick Favors chipped in with 14 points while Ricky Rubio had nine points with 10 assists.
As a team the Jazz shot 50 percent from the field but this win was all about their defence, especially in the fourth quarter whey outscored the Nuggets by 28-13 to come away with the solid home win to kick off the season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Jazz are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games.
- Jazz are 1-8-3 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 0 days rest.
Free Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz NBA Prediction:
Oklahoma City have really come together with their new team and might be one of the most surprise teams in the NBA.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Oklahoma City -5
It took Utah over three quarters to get started against the Nuggets and with zero rest, it is going to be hard to stop the Thunder Saturday.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Oklahoma City 104 – Utah 90
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