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(1-1) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz (1-1)
Date: Saturday April 21
Time: 10:05PM EST
Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Jazz -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 207
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The Oklahoma City Thunder are looking for a bounce back win against the Utah Jazz. The series is tied at 1-1, and headed back to Vivint Smart Home Arena for game three. Things are looking interesting heading into this matchup. Paul George nicknamed himself Playoff P after game one, then dropped a dud in game two.
This game is one of the most important games of the season for both teams. Look for the stars to show up for this one. Some will shine a ton brighter than others.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder were expected to run away with game two at home, but the Jazz has something to do with stopping the momentum. The Thunder shot 40 percent from the floor and 31.4 percent from three point land in the seven point loss.
Based on the eye test, the Thunder struggled moving the ball, and played a ton of one on one. The Jazz were ranked first in points allowed per game this year. Holding teams to under 100 points per game in the regular season. It showed in the Thunder’s offense.
Oklahoma City must move the ball more in game three. The deep three’s and selfish “look at me score” offense is not going to get the win in Utah. Carmelo Anthony must play big. If he does not, look for the Thunder to be down a game after this one.
The Utah Jazz proved everyone wrong (including myself) in game two. Donovan Mitchell was listed as questionable for game two, but did not disappoint. Mitchell dropped 28 points on 10 of 25 shooting from the floor. Despite not shooting the ball well, Mitchell had his team to back him up. As a group, the Jazz dominated the Thunder at home.
With the series shifting to Utah for game three, the Jazz are 28-13 at home this year. The crowd will be fired up, and so will the Jazz. Expect the Utah defense to clamp down on the Thunder in this matchup. The Utah fans are some of the best in the NBA. Donovan Mitchell could drop 30 or more in his home playoff debut.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 9-3 in OKC last 12 overall.
- Under is 6-2 in OKC last 8 games as an underdog.
- Over is 10-3 in UTA last 13 vs. Western Conference.
- Under is 20-8-1 in UTA last 29 vs. NBA Northwest.
- Under is 8-0 in the last 8 meetings in Utah.
- Under is 22-8 in the last 30 meetings.
Free Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz NBA Prediction:
The Thunder are going to have to get it together. The lazy play offensively, and the lack of effort at times defensively, needs to stop. Carmelo Anthony, must do a better job in his role. If he can play well, the Thunder have a shot at the road win.
Utah will be more than ready to go at home. The Jazz defense was smothering in game two, and should be expect again in game three. Look for Utah to jump out on the Thunder early and never look back.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Jazz -4.5
The Jazz look like they are a team that can beat the Thunder now. Look for another win for the Jazz, making them lead the series, 2-1.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Jazz 115 – Thunder 105
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