Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 11/23/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (8-6) at Utah Jazz (6-6)
NBA Basketball: Monday, November 23, 2015 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder hope to have Kevin Durant back when they face the Utah Jazz tonight.
The Thunder have lost three of their last five overall but are coming off a nice 117-114 win over the Mavericks thanks to another big performance from the angriest player in the league. Russell Westbrook poured in 31 points, five rebounds, 11 assists and five steals, Serge Ibaka added 16 points while Anthony Morrow added 14 points as the Thunder snuck past the Mavericks in a shootout last night. The Thunder actually had a total of six players in double figures which is a very rare occurrence for their roster, but they would trade all of that for a healthy Kevin Durant who is looks to be close to a return but is still listed as questionable for tonight's game.
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Meanwhile, the Jazz were going for a third straight win before running into the Mavericks who beat them by 102-93 on Friday. Gordon Hayward scored 22 points, Derrick Favors had 18 and Alec Burks added 15 off the bench, but it just wasn't enough against the Mavericks who blew the game open with a 23-5 run in the second quarter to lead by 56-43 at halftime and send the Jazz back to an even .500 with a record of 6-6 on the season and 4-5 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Thunder are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games and 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall, while the Jazz are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games following a loss and 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight home games.
Head to head, the Thunder are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Utah and the home team is 12-3-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings overall.
There was a chance that Durant could suit up for this game, but the news is that he will sit out this game, leaving the Jazz as slight favorites at home. I'm expecting a close game for the most part, but the Jazz should be good enough to pull away late and win their third game in four outings.