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(37-22 (17-11 V) Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunders (34-25 (22-8 H)
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 28
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: PK
NBA Betting Total: 204
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The Utah Jazz enter this contest having won their last three. The Oklahoma City Thunder find themselves in the same boat, as they’ve also won three straight.
By all accounts, both of these squads will be in the playoffs barring a significant dropoff (or more realistically, a significant injury) during the season’s final stretch.
Playoff positioning, however, is still up for grabs, as these two sit in fourth and seventh place, respectively in the Western Conference.
*All statistics, standings, rankings, records and trends are current as of this writing at 9:00 p.m. ET on Monday, Feb. 27
Entering this game, the Utah Jazz are scoring 100.4 points per contest. That number is only good enough for 28th in the NBA, but it doesn’t tell the whole story of their offense.
On the year, the Jazz have the NBA’s No. 12 Offensive Rating. The only reason they score so few points is because they run the league’s slowest offense.
All that said, defense is this team’s calling card. Utah is giving up just 95.6 points per game, which is good enough for first in the Association.
But again, that raw statistic doesn’t tell the whole story.
It would be easy enough to claim that a slow pace is going to equal fewer opportunities for the opposition. But while that’s true, this team has the league’s No. 3 Defensive Efficiency.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder enter this contest averaging 106.2 points per game. That number is good enough for 12th in the league.
Defensively, this group is allowing 105.9 points per night. That number is only good enough for 18th in the league.
All numbers aside, though, this team is about Russell Westbrook.
Not only is he leading the team in multiple categories, and not only is averaging a triple-double, but he is the heart and soul of this franchise.
The problem is that the Jazz proved the last time they played the Thunder that they’re capable of clogging the middle and slowing down Russ’ ferocious attack.
Westbrook’s efficiency is going to be a crucial element of OKC’s success in this one.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
- Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference.
- Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Northwest.
- Thunder are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Free Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
Both the Jazz and the Thunder are looking strong ATS entering this one. But what we know about Utah’s defensive makeup gives us confidence in choosing the Jazz straight up.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Utah PK
Don’t expect this to be a high-scoring game. But do expect Utah to come out on top.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Utah Jazz 99 – OKC Thunder 95
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