Oklahoma City Thunder (49-35) at Utah Jazz (49-35)
NBA Basketball: Monday, April 23, 2018 at 10:30 pm (Vivint Smart Home Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -6 -- Over/Under: 210.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz meet Monday in game four of the first round of the NBA playoffs at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.
The Oklahoma City Thunder need a victory here to tie up the series at 2-2 before going home for game five. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 104.3 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 108.3 points on 47 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 20.7 points and 10 assists while Paul George is averaging 25.7 points and 6.3 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 42.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.7 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won 10 of their last 16 road games.
The Utah Jazz can take full control of this series with another home victory and taking a 3-1 lead. The Utah Jazz are averaging 108.3 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 104.3 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 25.7 points and 2.3 assists while Ricky Rubio is averaging 20.3 points and eight assists. Rudy Gobert is the third double-digit scorer and Derrick Favors is grabbing 8.7 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 42.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.7 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won 16 of their last 20 home games.
The Thunder are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. Western Conference, 7-19 ATS in their last 26 vs. NBA Northwest and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 Monday games. The Jazz are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Monday games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The home team is 20-9 ATS in the last 29 meetings and the under is 14-5 in the last 19 meetings.
The Utah Jazz have everything going for them right now, as the offense is clicking, the defense is forcing tough shots and the crowd is as loud as we've heard it in years. The Oklahoma City Thunder continue to be one of the more inconsistent teams in the league and constantly have these stretches where they completely fall apart. We saw it in game three were OKC blew a big double-digit lead in the matter of minutes. There's good reason to buy all the stock you can with the Jazz. However, in terms of this game, I like the value of the points. This is pretty much a do-or-die game for OKC, as you can't expect to win this series going down 1-3. Despite the loss in game three, the Thunder still made 14 threes and shot a healthy 47.4 percent from the field. If turnovers are cleaned up, OKC has to like its chances to get things under control. I expect a cleaner game from Westbrook and for the stars to show up in a big moment. This game should come down to the wire, and I want free points in my pocket.