Oklahoma City Thunder (17-15) at Utah Jazz (15-18)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Vivint Smart Home Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz PK -- Over/Under: 197 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 another victory after winning five of their last six games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 102.1 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 99.5 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 23.3 points and 9.7 assists while Paul George is averaging 19.8 points and 5.7 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing 8.8 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have split their last six road games.
The Utah Jazz could use a feel good victory after losing seven of their last nine games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 102.1 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 100.6 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 17.7 points and 3.4 assists while Rodney Hood is averaging 18.1 points and 2.5 rebounds. Derrick Favors is the third double-digit scorer and Ricky Rubio is dishing 4.8 assists. The Utah Jazz are shooting 38.5 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.4 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won five of their last six home games.
The Thunder are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Jazz are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Northwest. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the under is 20-7 in the last 27 meetings.
The Jazz are expected to get Mitchell back in the lineup, but this is a team that's cooled off big time over the last couple of weeks. The Oklahoma City Thunder aren't winning pretty, but they've won five of their last six games and are slowly gaining some much needed confidence. I'm not sure I can back the Jazz in a pick em game against another playoff team with the way they've been playing. Give me OKC on the road.