Oklahoma City Thunder (1-0) at Utah Jazz (1-1)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Vivint Smart Home Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz +4 -- Over/Under: 202.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz meet Saturday in NBA action at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.
The Oklahoma City Thunder look for a quick 2-0 stat after beating the New York Knicks on Thursday. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 105 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 84 points on 40.5 percent shooting. Paul George is averaging 28 points and six rebounds while Carmelo Anthony is averaging 22 points and one rebound. Russell Westbrook is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing five rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 28.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 29.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won five of their last six road games.
The Utah Jazz look to get a game above a .500 record while remaining unbeaten at home. The Utah Jazz are averaging 101.5 points on 49.4 percent shooting and allowing 98 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Derrick Favors is averaging 15 points and four rebounds while Ricky Rubio is averaging 14 points and 10 assists. Rudy Gobert is the third double-digit scorer and Rodney Hood is dishing two assists. The Utah Jazz are shooting 40.8 percent from beyond the arc and 87.9 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 48.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won 10 straight home games.
The Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 14-6 ATS in their last 20 vs. NBA Northwest and 34-15-2 ATS in their last 51 Saturday games. The Jazz are 1-8-3 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-8 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 home games. The Thunder are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings, the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the under is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.
The Jazz are three points away from being 2-0 on the season with wins over projected playoff teams in Denver and Minnesota. It's clear Utah is going to put up a fight this season and the sky isn't falling despite its best player from a year ago no longer being around. However, the OKC Thunder have way too much firepower and are the rested team in this spot. In just their first game playing together, the Thunder showed flashes of greatness. I'm not getting in the way of that.