At 9:00 ET, the Thunder (-150) will take on the Jazz (+125) in a divisional matchup. Utah has won six straight and is currently 9th in the Western Conference, while Oklahoma City has dropped two in a row and is 2nd in the West.

Currently, the Thunder are a three-point favorite over the Jazz, and the over/under line is set at 246.5. This game will be played at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City and can be seen on KJZZ.

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER VS UTAH JAZZ BETTING PICK

The Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder -3

This game will be played at Delta Center at 9:00 ET on Thursday, January 18th.

WHY BET THE OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 117-112 in favor of the Thunder.
  • Our projections have Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finishing with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Thunder finishing with a field goal percentage of 49.0% and knocking down 13 threes.

Will Oklahoma City Win on the Road?

In Thunder games this season, the average combined scoring total is 235.6 points. Today’s O/U line of 246.5 is higher than all but one of their games this season.

Oklahoma City has an O/U record of 23-17 for the season, and 39 of their games have had lower over/under lines than today’s. In their last game against the Clippers, the teams combined for 245 points, which was higher than the O/U line of 240.

The Thunder are 27-13 this season, which is the second-best record in the Western Conference. They have lost their last two games, including a 128-117 loss to the Clippers. In that game, the Thunder were 6.5-point underdogs.

Oklahoma City is 27-13 ATS this season, and they are 19-6 as the favorite. However, they have failed to cover the spread in their last two games. On the road, the Thunder are 11-8 vs. the spread.

For the season, the Thunder have an average scoring differential of +5.2 points per game on the road. In their last six games on the road, they are 6-0 straight-up.

In the Western Conference, the Thunder are currently in 2nd place. Against other Western Conference teams, they are 15-10 compared to 12-3 in non-conference games.

The Thunder enter the game as the third-highest scoring team in the NBA, averaging 121.9 points per game. However, they have scored below the league average in 25% of their games this season. On the road, they are averaging 119.1 points per game.

When it comes to shooting, the Thunder are one of the top teams in the league. They are second in field goal percentage at 50% and lead the NBA in true shooting percentage. From three-point range, they are shooting 39%, which is second in the league.

So far this season, the Thunder have been one of the top teams in terms of pace, ranking 10th at 99.8 possessions per game. In terms of assists, they are 10th in the league with 27.4 per game.

Coming into the game, the Thunder defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 47.5% of their games. Currently, they are 14th in the NBA at 113.7 points per game allowed. On two point field goal attempts, the Thunder’s defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 51.5% and allowing 36.0% from beyond the arc.

Can the Jazz Offense Score Enough at Home?

Utah has won six straight games and is currently 9th in the Western Conference with a record of 22-20. In the Northwest Division, they are in 4th place.

This season, the Jazz have been the underdog in 33 of their 42 games. As the underdog, they are 14-19 straight-up and 19-14 against the spread. Their ATS record as the home team is 16-4 (4-game win streak) and 10-12 on the road.

On average, Utah’s games have finished with 235 points, which is lower than today’s O/U line of 246.5. This year, their games have averaged a combined scoring line of 232.6.

In their last game, the Jazz defeated the Pacers by a score of 132-105. They were favored by 7.5 points going into the game and have now won six straight games.

The Jazz have an ATS record of 26-16 this season, and they have covered the spread in their last four home games. In the Western Conference, they are 12-15 compared to 10-5 against non-conference opponents.

When playing at home, the Jazz are 5th in the NBA in scoring at 123.6 points per game. Overall, they are 12th in the league in scoring at 116.8 points per game. In terms of pace, the Jazz are 9th in the NBA.

Utah is one of the top offensive rebounding teams in the league, ranking 3rd in that category. In terms of field goal percentage, the Jazz are 18th in the NBA at 46%. They are also 15th in two-point shooting percentage.

So far this season, the Jazz have made an average of 13.2 three-pointers per game, which is 13th in the league. However, they are just 22nd in three-point shooting percentage at 35%. In terms of free throws, the Jazz are 8th in the NBA in free throws made.

At this time, the Jazz’s defense is positioned 22nd in the NBA, permitting 118.2 points per game. Inside the arc, the Jazz defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 54.3% and 37.6% from three-point territory.