In this high caliber Western duel between the fourth and sixth best teams of the conference, the sixth Utah Jazz (37-28), are hosting the fourth Oklahoma City Thunder (40-26), with both teams coming off single defeats and are looking to bounce back in tonight’s game.
Date/Time: 03-11-2019, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Utah Jazz -3.5
Utah Jazz have a 37-28 record (33-30-2 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Clippers in the 6th place of the West. They have lost two of their last three matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Grizzlies with a 104-114 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Donovan Mitchell with 23.5 ppg, adding 4 boards and 4.1 dimes per game. He is followed by Rudy Gobert with 15.4 ppg and a team high 12.8 boards per game.
Oklahoma City Thunder have a 40-26 record (34-32 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the fourth place of the West. They have lost two of their last three matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Clippers with a 110-118 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Paul George with 28.4 ppg, adding 8.1 boards and 4.2 dimes per game. He is followed by Russell Westbrook with 23.1 ppg, adding team highs both in boards grabbed with 11.1 and in dimes made with 10.5 per game.
Thunder have won all three previous meetings against the Jazz this season, winning the only road game by one point. Jazz have a 21-11 home record, while the Thunder are 18-17 on the road. Thunder are better offensively, scoring 115.4 ppg to Jazz’s 110.2, while Jazz are better defensively, allowing 106.9 ppg to Thunder’s 111.5. Jazz have better percentages both in field goals (46.2% to 45.7%) and in 3-pointers (34.9% to 34.6%). Thunder on the other hand are better both in boards grabbed (48.2 to 45.8) and in turnovers committed (13.8 to 14.9), while Jazz are better in dimes made (25.3 to 23.2). Jazz are the favorite and Vegas odds give them a -3.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds against a mediocre on the road Thunder team.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz Prediction: Utah Jazz -3.5 (-107)
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