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(0-0) Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (0-0)
Date: Sunday April 15th
Time: 6:30PM EST
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
NBA Moneyline Odds: Thunder -160
NBA Betting Odds: Thunder -3.5
NBA Betting Total: 206
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The Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder finished the season with identical win loss records. The only difference is, he Thunder beat the Jazz three out of four head to head meetings this season. Giving the Thunder the tie breaker, and home court throughout the series. This series should be interesting, and game one will set the tone.
The last time the Jazz and Thunder took the court against each other, was earlier in the year, December 23rd, 2017. The Thunder got the win, 103-89.
The Utah Jazz have had one hell of a run this season. The team has played well under the guidance of Quin Snyder. The young head coach, was able to lead the Jazz into the post-season again this year, and did it with a rookie leading the team.
Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell led the Jazz in scoring this year, averaging 20 points per game this season. His outstanding play, has led many to believe he will be a perennial All Star for years to come. It will be interesting to see how Mitchell performs in game one.
Aside from Mitchell, Rudy Gobert is going to play a huge factor in the way the Jazz defend Oklahoma City. Gobert is averaging 13.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and over two blocks per game this season.
The Jazz are one of the best defensve teams in the NBA this season. Utah is allowing 99.8 points per game this year. Good enough to rank them 1st in points allowed per game this season. If the Jazz can continue to play tough defense, Oklahoma City could be in trouble.
The Jazz play as a team. So, if Donovan Mitchell is off in his first ever playoff game, the rest of the team will have to play big like they did in the regular season. Role players are huge for Utah.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder remain one of this years biggest question marks. To start the year, Oklahoma City had one of the most talented rosters on paper in the NBA. Now after seeing the team in action all year, I’m not so sure they are a contender. The trio off All Stars sounded good to start the season, but things have not worked out for the best.
Yes, the Thunder are the fourth seed in a loaded Western Conference this year, but the addition of Carmelo Anthony, seems the reason Oklahoma City is unable to get over the hump. He lacks a defensive presence, and his diminished scoring ability hurts the team. At times he can isolate the team right out of the game. Something he does not want to do in the playoffs.
Russell Westbrook has played like a man possessed again this season. Westbrook averaged a triple double for the second year in a row. Look for he and Paul George to be the deciding factors for Oklahoma City in this series.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 11-0 in UTA last 11 Sun. games.
- Over is 9-2 in UTA last 11 vs. Western Conference.
- Under is 8-2 in OKC last 10 overall.
- Under is 6-2 in OKC last 8 games as a favorite.
- Under is 21-7 in the last 28 meetings.
- Home team is 18-8 ATS in the last 26 meetings.
Free Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
The Utah Jazz are going to be well coached through this round. The Jazz understand game one is key, and could eliminate the pressure of playing without home court. If Donovan Mitchell plays like he has all year, look for the Jazz to take game one.
Oklahoma City has beaten the Jazz three straight games. The wins came in late November and December of 2017. Oklahoma City needs to be well prepared for an improved Utah squad. Russell Westbrook is going to need a triple double in game one.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Jazz +3.5
Take the Jazz on the road. Utah is going to be well prepared heading into this game. Coaching will be key in game one.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Jazz 104 – Thunder 100
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