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2020 NBA Handicapping
(1-1) Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (1-0)
Date: Monday, December 28
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Chesapeake Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NBA Moneyline Odds: Jazz -280 | Thunder +264
NBA Betting Odds: Jazz -7.5 | Thunder +7.5
NBA Betting Total: 220
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Monday, December 28th finds Northwest Division rivals the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder playing each other for the first time in the 2020-21 season.
While the two teams each have one victory they are on different paths this year. The Jazz locked in their young stars and will aim for the Larry O’Brien trophy. Conversely, the Thunder deconstructed their roster trading the majority of their core aside from a young quartet who they hope will form the new ‘resiliency’ era.
The Thunder holds the all-time record between the clubs with 112 wins in 191 meetings. Last season, the clubs played three times with the Thunder taking the series winning two of the three matches.
In the loss to the Wolves, five Jazz players scored in double-figures with Jordan Clarkson leading the way scoring 23 off the bench. Rudy Gobert delivered a double-double of 18 points and 17 rebounds while Donovan Mitchell produced 21 points.
Mike Conley scored 20 while Joe Ingles pitched in with 10 points. In their loss, the Jazz trailed by 15 points at the half to the Timberwolves.
Utah made a concerted effort to come back in the match. They won the third frame, cut the lead to three points, had the ball in their hands with time expiring and an opportunity to tie the game to send it to overtime.
But the Wolves forced a five-second count on Bojan Bogdanovic and the Jazz collected their first loss of the season.
Shaquille Harrison has missed games due to a hand injury but is listed as probable for the Monday match.
Oklahoma City Thunder
With 18 potential first-round draft picks at their disposal over the next seven seasons the Thunder aren’t looking to repeat their overachievement of last season.
What they do want is for their young players to grow and develop with added responsibilities. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander assumes the role of leader and primary scoring option and has embraced his new position.
Despite the desire to ‘tank’, OKC will still compete as their first match demonstrated. Despite holding a double-digit lead with under two minutes on the clock OKC almost coughed up the lead as Miles Bridges singlehandedly erased the lead.
But Gilgeous-Alexander calmly brought the ball up the floor and coolly scored, sealing the victory for the Thunder. He led his team with 24 points. nine assists, and seven rebounds.
Darius Bazley produced a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. George Hill (21), Luguentz Dort (15), and Mike Muscala (14) were the other double-figure contributors.
Because of the postponed game in Houston, it was the first match for the Thunder while this game is their home opener.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 7-1 in UTA last 8 Mon. games
- OKC are 15-7 ATS in their last 22 Mon. games
- Under is 21-8 in the last 29 meetings
Free Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
New Thunder head coach, Mark Daigneault’s offensive system emphasizes positionless ball perhaps more than any other team. While OKC doesn’t have the same talent on paper as most teams the positionless scheme does make it difficult to key in on one particular player.
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That said, after losing to the Wolves the Jazz won’t take this team for granted and will be motivated to get back into the win column.
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