At 9:00 ET, the Thunder (-153) will take on the Jazz (+127) in a Western Northwest division matchup. Oklahoma City is currently on a two-game losing streak and has a record of 27-13, which is good for 2nd in the Western Conference. Utah, on the other hand, has won six straight games and is 9th in the West at 22-20.
The over/under line for this game is currently set at 246.5 points, and the Thunder are favored by 3.5. You can catch the game on KJZZ if you can’t make it to the Delta Center in Salt Lake City.
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER VS UTAH JAZZ BETTING PICK
The Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder -3.5
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.
Can the Thunder Offense Score Enough in Salt Lake City?
In Thunder games this season, the average over/under line is 233.7, which is lower than today’s line of 246.5. Oklahoma City has an O/U record of 23-17 this year.
Looking at their ATS record, the Thunder are 27-13 this season and have failed to cover the spread in their last two games. On the road, they are 11-8 ATS.
Oklahoma City’s last game was a 128-117 loss to the Clippers. The O/U line for that game was 240 points, and the Thunder were 6.5-point underdogs going into the game.
For the season, the Thunder are 2nd in the Western Conference with a record of 27-13. Against other Western Conference teams, they are 15-10 and 6-2 against teams in the Northwest Division.
On average, Thunder games have seen 235.6 points scored this season. Today’s O/U line is set at 246.5.
Heading into the game, the Thunder are one of the highest-scoring teams in the NBA, averaging 121.9 points per game (3rd). Their offense has been especially potent on the road, where they are averaging 119.1 points per game (5th).
Oklahoma City’s scoring attack is powered by their ability to get to the free-throw line, as they are 11th in the league in free throws made per game (18.6). In terms of pace, the Thunder are 10th in the NBA at 99.8 possessions per game.
When it comes to their shooting, the Thunder have been one of the most efficient teams in the league. They are 2nd in field goal percentage (50%) and 1st in true shooting percentage. From beyond the arc, Oklahoma City is 2nd in three-point shooting percentage (39%).
The Thunder’s defense is presently ranked 14th in the league, allowing an average of 113.7 points per contest. In their previous game, the Thunder’s defense struggled against the Clippers, giving up 128 points on a field goal percentage of 50%.
Can the Jazz Grab a Win at Home?
The Jazz have won six straight games and are currently 9th in the Western Conference with a record of 22-20. In the Northwest Division, they are in 4th place.
As the underdog, the Jazz have a record of 14-19 this season and are 3-5 as the underdog vs. the spread. They have covered the spread in their last four home games and have an average scoring margin of -5.2 points per game as the underdog.
This season, Utah has an O/U record of 22-19-1, with an average of 232.6 points per game. Today’s O/U line of 246.5 is higher than all but one of their previous games this season.
In their last game, the Jazz defeated the Pacers by a score of 132-105. The O/U line for that game was 245.5 points, and Utah covered the spread as 7.5-point favorites.
Heading into tonight’s game, the Jazz are one of the top offensive teams in the league, averaging 116.8 points per game (12th). However, they have been even better at home, where they are averaging 123.6 points per game (5th).
Utah’s offense is built around the three-point shot, as they are 11th in the league in three-point attempts (37.1 per game). So far, they have made 13.2 threes per game (13th).
When it comes to getting to the free-throw line, the Jazz are 13th in the NBA at 23 attempts per game. They are also one of the top offensive rebounding teams, averaging 12.8 offensive boards per contest (3rd).
Coming into the game, the Jazz’s defense is giving up an average of 118.2 points per game. So far, they have given up more points than the NBA league average in 52.4% of their games. The Utah defense has allowed opponents to shoot 37.6% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 47.6% of their field goal attempts vs. Utah.