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Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 10/23/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Date & Time Wednesday October 23, 2019, 9:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Vivint Smart Home Arena
Salt Lake City, UT
The Line
UTA -9 O/U 219
TV Channel
FSOK
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The Oklahoma City Thunder are set to visit Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah for a Western Conference clash against the Utah Jazz. The Oklahoma City Thunder are looking to continue their success from the 2018-2019 season as they went 49-33 which landed them at 6th place in the Western Conference as well as a playoff appearance. The Oklahoma City Thunder will need to replace most of their production from a season ago as Paul George (28 PPG, 8.2 RPG) signed with the Los Angeles Clippers and Russell Westbrook (22.9 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 10.7 APG) was traded to the Houston Rockets. The Thunder were able to receive veteran PG Chris Paul in the trade which should help make up production as they all-star averaged 15.6 PPG and 8.2 APG last year.

The Oklahoma City Thunder were one of the top-scoring teams in the NBA during the 2018-2019 season as they scored an average of 114.5 PPG which ranked 7th. The Oklahoma City Thunder were average in keeping their opponents off the scoreboard last season as they allowed an average of 111.1 PPG which ranked 15th in the NBA.

The Utah Jazz will be looking to continue their success from the 2018-2019 season as they went 50-32 which landed them at 5th in the Western Conference as well as a playoff appearance. The Utah Jazz will return their leading scorer from a season ago in all-star Donovan Mitchell who contributed 23.8 PPG. The Jazz made some big additions in the offseason by adding Mike Conley (21.1 PPG, 6.4 APG) and Bojan Bogdanovic (18 PPG).

The Utah Jazz were average at scoring the basketball during the 2018-2019 season as they scored an average of 111.7 PPG which ranked 17th in the NBA. The Utah Jazz were one of the top teams in the NBA at keeping their opponents off the scoreboard as they held them to an average of 106.5 PPG which ranked 4th in the league.

The Oklahoma City Thunder had a complete roster overhaul this offseason while the Utah Jazz added some key pieces to make them a favorite in the Western Conference. The Oklahoma City Thunder won’t be as successful as years past as they lost two all-stars in Paul George and Russell Westbrook, and it will take the roster a while to get going. The Jazz had one of the top duos in the conference last season with Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, but the addition of Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic gives this team more options to pick from. Utah is typically a tough place to visit for opposing teams, and that will prove true in the season opener.

Pick:
Utah Jazz -9
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