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Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 12/22/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Oklahoma City Thunder (20-10) at Utah Jazz (16-17)
Date & Time Saturday December 22, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Utah Jazz -1 -- Over/Under: 218
TV Channel
ATRM, FSOK
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NBA | Oklahoma City Thunder (20-10) at Utah Jazz (16-17)
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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 statement victory after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 112.1 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 105.3 points on 45 percent shooting. Paul George is averaging 25.5 points and 7.9 rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 20.6 points and 10.4 assists. Dennis Schroder is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing 10.2 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 32.6 percent from beyond the arc and 70.5 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.7 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have split their last eight road games.

The Utah Jazz look for a third straight victory to get back to a .500 record. The Utah Jazz are averaging 106.5 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 106.4 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 20.9 points and 3.3 assists while Rudy Gobert is averaging 14.5 points and 12.4 rebounds. Ricky Rubio is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 72.6 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.7 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won four straight home games.

The Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Jazz are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 0 days rest and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Northwest. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 4-0 in Jazz last 4 overall. The under is 16-7 in Thunder last 23 road games.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are playing some of their best ball of the season right now, and it comes down to an improved offense that's shooting 47 percent from the field in their last five games. The Utah Jazz have been a tough team to peg all season long, but they're coming off an impressive win last night over the Portland Trail Blazers and have won four of the last six meetings against OKC. The Thunder are rested and probably the more trustworthy team given their form, but the Jazz have the defense to force others on the Thunder to beat them and are usually pretty good at home. The Jazz usually do the opposite of what I say they're going to do, but I'll side with them in this toss-up contest.

Pick:
Utah Jazz -1

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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