Free NBA Pick: Jazz vs Thunder NBA Odds
Looking for Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder free NBA picks & NBA odds? NBA betting sees the Jazz taking on the Thunder on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
(41-24) Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (36-29)
Date: Saturday, March 11
Time: 3:00PM EST
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Off
NBA Betting Total: Off
Live NBA Odds
Updated Sportsbook Bonuses For Today
The Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder face off in a Saturday matinee that has major playoff implications. The Jazz are floating around the Western Conference fourth seed at this juncture, and can really only go down with the Houston Rockets putting a clamp on No. 3.
The Thunder, on the other hand, sit in sixth, which looks like their best-case scenario (seventh is also quite likely at this time).
The Thunder have earned more headlines this season because of Russell Westbrook’ MVP chase/chase to average a triple-double. But Utah isn’t going away as a contender.
*All statistics, standings, records, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, March 10, 2017.
Utah is a defensive juggernaut who (deservedly) is recognized as such. This team allows the fewest points per game of any team across the league, and its Defensive Rating is third behind only the super teams known as the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs.
Here’s the catch: This team is also extremely underrated on offense.
The Jazz this season rank 28th in points per game scored. So it’s not difficult to see how most would overlook a squad with that stat.
But Utah is top 10 (typically floating around seventh) in ters of Offensive Efficiency. That number takes both points and pace into account.
The Jazz play at one of the NBA’s slowest paces, but they score at an efficient rate.
Against OKC, controlling the pace will be crucial, as this team can score in the halfcourt and wants to avoid giving up as many transition buckets as possible.
Oklahoma City Thunder
OKC has a problem on its hands: The Jazz interior.
Utah proved earlier this season that the likes of Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors can and will clog the middle against the Thunder. Why is that an issue, you ask?
That’s where Russell Westbrook does the bulk of his damage.
If OKC’s going to find success against this defensive-minded Jazz squad, it’s going to need two things: efficiency from Westbrook and solid contributions from its role players.
Westbrook completing both around the rim and on the perimeter will be extra important against a defensive unit like Utah. But getting scoring outputs from guys like Victor Oladipo and Enes Kanter could be the biggest difference-maker.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Jazz are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Northwest.
- Jazz are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games.
- Jazz are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Thunder are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Thunder are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win.
- Thunder are 29-11-2 ATS in their last 42 Saturday games
Free Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
The line isn’t yet set on this one, and will likely be a PICK contest. But we can tell you right now that we’re projecting the Jazz’s defense to outweigh the Thunder offense by a defense ammount, even on the road.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Check back soon for a free pick ATS.
Give this one to the Jazz by nearly double-digits — which is something we don’t say often.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Utah Jazz 107 – Oklahoma City Thunder 99
If you’re looking for more NBA picks like this Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder matchup we’ll be providing 4* free NBA predictions on the blog during the entire 2016/17 NBA Season, and check out our Experts for guaranteed premium & free NBA predictions!
CappersPicks.com has NBA Odds up on a ton of futures, and you will also find DAILY NBA playoffs lines up as well.