Utah Jazz (48-34) at Oklahoma City Thunder (48-34)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 6:30 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -3.5 -- Over/Under: 204.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Sunday in game one of the first round of the NBA playoffs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Utah Jazz look to continue their regular season momentum, as they’ve lost just six games since January 24. The Utah Jazz are averaging 104.1 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 99.8 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 20.5 points and 3.7 assists while Jae Crowder is averaging 11.8 points and 3.8 rebounds. Rudy Gobert is the third double-digit scorer and Derrick Favors is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.3 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won 15 of their last 17 road games.
The Oklahoma City Thunder look to get off to a quick 1-0 series leads after splitting their last 10 regular season games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 107.9 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 104.4 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 25.4 points and 10.3 assists while Paul George is averaging 21.9 points and 5.7 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing nine rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 71.5 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.1 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won six of their last nine home games.
The Jazz are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 Sunday games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Conference Quarterfinals games and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 road games. The Thunder are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 5-17 ATS in their last 22 vs. NBA Northwest and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference. The Jazz are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Oklahoma City, 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the home team is 18-8 ATS in the last 26 meetings.
This is going to be a tight series where the home team could truly win every game. We know the Utah Jazz are on fire, the most consistent team in the second half, don't lose on the road and are outscoring teams by 15 points in their last five games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are inconsistent as all hell, tough to figure out, but they did finish the season strong and earned home court in the first round. Playoff time is usually when stars show up, and even though OKC doesn't play to its potential often, they're not short on stars. This could be the moment when things start to click. Winning in OKC playoff time also isn't easy, as that college like crowd gets nasty. I'll lay the bucket with the Thunder.