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(14-17) Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (15-15)
Date: Wednesday December 20
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Thunder -7.5
NBA Betting Total: OFF
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Utah probably underestimated how easy it would be to play without Gordon Heyward. It’s not that he wasn’t talented but that he was the guy, the one who took most of the big shots. This team plays good enough defense to win but their offense from game to game is unpredictable at best.
The experiment that is the Oklahoma City Thunder keeps on going. In this case they are coming off a close win over Denver but that hardly means anything is figured out. This team is a work in progress until proven otherwise.
Utah is a defensive based team and they are currently fifth in point allowed. They have lost their last two though and six of the past seven. They need to get back on track.
The biggest surprise for the Jazz has been the play of rookie Donovan Mitchell. He is leading the team in scoring and gone from the second unit into the starting five.
That has forced Rodney Hood into a sixth man role and there was no problem there in their last game as he led the team with 26 points off the bench. I like the role change a lot.
Rudy Gobert is the player that gives Utah its identity and he is not going to play until the New Year. Derrick Favors may miss this one too making the Jazz very light inside.
They are basically playing Joe Johnson at power forward and he has never been known as a rebounder. There are not a lot of favourable matchups for Utah right now.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder won their last game by a point over Denver. A win is good but it looked a lot like last year with Westbrook scoring 38 points and the test of the team not offering much else. Only one other player even cracked double digits and it was Alex Abrines who connected on three triples.
Paul George and Carmelo Anthony combined for only 12 points in what might have been a low point for this group, even in the win. Utah is missing some key defensive cogs but you have to think this is not exactly the spot to break out. It is an important division game though.
Utah is missing their best big in Gobert and the same goes with OKC and Steven Adams. He is in concussion protocol and there is no definitive word on whether he will play on Wednesday. That means the likes of Dakari Johnson and Patrick Patterson in the paint. They might provide effort but not much else.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 5-0 in Jazz last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Over is 5-0 in Jazz last 5 games following a straight up loss.
- Over is 5-0 in Jazz last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Thunder are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games.
- Thunder are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Under is 7-1 in Thunder last 8 vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
Free Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
Once the line is posted I expect that OKC will be the favourite. If so that is a risky proposition but this Utah team is not as good as Denver this season, an ATS winner the last time out.
I am expecting the Thunder to be in the -6 range. Both teams are missing players but Utah’s losses are much bigger than the Thunders. They could blow them out.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: OKC ATS
This has the makings of a blowout with Utah shorthanded the and Thunder’s other stars busting out after embarrassing performances.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Thunder 107 – Jazz 94
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