Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 11/18/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (3-8) at Utah Jazz (4-7)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -4 -- Over/Under: 189 See the Latest Odds
The injury depleted Oklahoma City Thunder travel to Salt Lake City to battle the Utah Jazz tonight.
With players like Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant sitting on the sidelines, you would forgive the Oklahoma City Thunder for being 3-8 on the season after 11 games. However, this team continues to battle on a nightly basis and will be feeling a little unlucky in their last two losses - an overtime defeat to the Pistons on Friday, followed by an ugly 69-65 loss against the Rockets on Sunday. Reggie Jackson and Lance Thomas led the team with 15 points apiece while Serge Ibaka added 10 points, but no other player finished in double digits in scoring as the Thunder shot a miserable 29.4 percent from the field as a team. With the loss, OKC is off to its worst start since opening 1-16 in its first season since moving from Seattle.
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Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz have won just two of their last six games and are coming into this one off a 111-93 beatdown at the hands of the Raptors. All five starters finished in double digits in scoring with Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter scoring a team-high 18 points, but the Jazz just completely fell to pieces in a dominant 65-44 second half by the Raptors. Gordon Hayward really had himself a rough night of just 12 points on three of 10 shooting, after pouring in a career-high 33 points the night before and that really hurt the rest of the team. With the loss, Utah drop to 4-7 on the season, 2-5 on the road and 0-3 when playing on the second night of a back to back set.
In ATS trends, the Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a loss but just 2-7 ATS in their last nine road games, while the Jazz are a perfect 5-0 ATS in their last five games following a loss and 3-9-2 ATS in their last 14 home games.
Head to head, the Thunder are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 meetings overall but just 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Utah.
To tell you the truth, this is exactly the type of game that I like to stay away from, because you just can't rely on either team given the respective forms that they're in. Having said that, the Jazz have won two of their last three home games which includes the big win over Cleveland, so that's where I'm leaning in this one.