Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/7/14
Oklahoma City Thunder (27-7) at Utah Jazz (11-25)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz +6.5 -- Over/Under: 197 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder will be heading to Utah on Tuesday to face off against the Utah Jazz.
The Utah Jazz are currently just 11-25 this season, but considering how this team started the year, the Jazz have played better as of late. The Jazz are currently in fifth place in the Northwest division, trailing the division leading Thunder by 17 games at this point. The Jazz have a decent, middle of the road defense this season, but the offense is horrible, putting up just 93 points per game on average. Leading this offense is Gordon Hayward, who is scoring just 16.5 points per game this season.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder are heading to Utah on Tuesday with a record of 27-7. The Thunder are atop the Northwest division as of right now, as OKC holds a one game advantage over the Portland Trail Blazers. The Thunder once again have one of the more dominating offenses in the league, as the Thunder are scoring an average of 106 points per game, led by Durant, who is putting up 29 per game on average. The defense is also there for the Thunder, as OKC is ranked eighth in the league in scoring defense, giving up just 97.96 per outing.
The OKC Thunder are 7-1 against the spread in their last eight games on the road, and the Thunder are 7-1 against the spread in their last eight games against the West. The Thunder however, are just 1-5 against the spread in their last six games following an ATS victory.
The Utah Jazz are 4-0 against the spread in their last four games on Tuesday nights, and the Jazz are also playing well on just one day of rest lately, going 4-1 against the spread in their last five.
I have to take the Thunder here. I know OKC is still without Westbrook and the Jazz are basically a healthy team, but this is just not enough points. The Jazz are clearly overmatched here, and while the season is still young, this OKC team does not want to relinquish their lead over the Trail Blazers, so look for the Thunder to keep their foot down here against a weaker Jazz team.