Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz 10/21/14 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, Prediction
Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder
Tuesday October 21
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The Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder will play Tuesday preseason basketball at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Utah Jazz are 4-2 in preseason play with their two losses coming in their last two games. The good news for Jazz fans is that Alec Burks returned from a sore shoulder and scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds in 29 minutes in Utah’s most recent matchup. Rookie Rodney Hood may not get tons of credit from the media, but he’s shot a solid 8-15 from the field in his last three games. Derrick Favors continues to score at will and crash the class aggressively, as he’s going to be one of the more consistent players this season for Utah. Trey Burke is expected to play in this game after being given the night off in Utah’s last game. The Utah Jazz have been one of the biggest surprises this preseason and should carry that confidence over to the regular season.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder have dropped to 2-4 in the preseason with three straight losses. Without Kevin Durant on the court, everybody is auditioning for more playing time. Despite not playing in his last matchup, Jeremy Lamb has 26 points in his last two games and three assists. Russell Westbrook has 27 points and 10 assists in his last two contests, and he knows he’ll have to take better care of the basketball considering he’s the new leader for OKC. One name to watch out for the Thunder is Perry Jones, who is coming off a 21-point and eight-rebound performance in Oklahoma City’s last game. The Oklahoma City Thunder will be an interesting team to watch early in the season without their superstar player there to help.
The Thunder have too much offensive firepower for the Jazz to keep up. I look for OKC to get back on track here and pick up a preseason win before the regular season begins.