Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz - 3/30/14
Utah Jazz (23-50) at Oklahoma City Thunder (53-19)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 3:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -14.5 -- Over/Under: 202.5 See the Latest Odds
The Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder will play for the fourth and final time this season on Sunday. The Thunder lead the series 2-1.
The Jazz have lost three in a row and nine of their last 10 games, as they’re currently the worst team in the West. On the season, the Jazz average 94.4 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allow 101.2 points on 47 percent shooting. The lack of scoring has been a big issue for Utah all season, as the Jazz have scored 100-plus points just once in their last eight games. However, Gordon Hayward has stepped his game up recently, as the Jazz SG is averaging 20.2 points on 47.1 percent shooting in his last five games. The Jazz average only 91.8 points on the road. The Utah Jazz are 31-37-5 ATS overall and 16-19-2 ATS on the road.
Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
The Thunder are trying to finish the season strong, winning five of their last six games. On the season, the OKC Thunder average 106 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allow 99.5 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Unlike the Jazz, the Thunder have no problem scoring and a lot of that is because of Kevin Durant, who is averaging 37 points and is shooting 54.5 percent from the field in his last five games. The Thunder are also 8-3 SU in their last 11 games when topping the 100-point mark. At home, the Thunder shoot 48 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from three. The Oklahoma City Thunder are 38-32-2 ATS overall and 20-15-2 ATS at home.
The Jazz are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 2-5-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Thunder are 5-1-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The home team is 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.
The spread is too high for me to consider, which is why I'll side with the under. The under has hit five straight times when these two teams have played in OKC, and is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings overall. Utah can't score, so the under looks tasty.