Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz - 11/26/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Jazz (5-10) at Oklahoma City Thunder (3-12)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -4.5 -- Over/Under: 183 See the Latest Odds
Two struggling teams meet tonight when the Utah Jazz pay a visit to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Utah Jazz have loss four of their last five games and will be looking to avoid a fourth straight loss after falling narrowly to the Bulls by 97-95 on Monday. Derrick Favors led five players in double figures in scoring with 21 points and 15 rebounds while Enes Kanter added 19 points as the Jazz fought back from a 21-point deficit before falling just short. With the loss, Utah falls to 5-10 on the season and 3-4 at home where they've lost three of their last four.
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Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder have understandably struggled mightily without Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook all season and are heading into tonight on the back of six straight losses. Despite their injuries, the Thunder have shown on a nightly basis that they're still a tough team to beat as the Warriors saw on Sunday. Reggie Jackson led the way with 22 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists while Serge Ibaka and Anthony Morrow added 16 points each in a 91-86 loss against the red-hot Warriors. It's no surprise that the Thunder have been struggling to score points without their top two players but they continue to play hard-nosed defense, holding the Warriors to 35.5 percent shooting, including Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to a combined 11 of 35 from the field.
In ATS trends, the Jazz are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games following a loss but just 1-4 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win, while the Thunder are 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games following a loss and 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games.
Head to head, the Jazz are only 0-5-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Oklahoma City and the Favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings overall.
I was already slightly leaning towards the Thunder to win and cover at home, but the overwhelming stats and trends have solidified my original prediction. I think the Thunder in front of their noisy home crowd have enough to get over the line in this one.