Oklahoma City Thunder (49-34) at Utah Jazz (48-35)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 21, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Utah Jazz -4 -- Over/Under: 207
ESPN, FSOK, AT&TSN
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz meet Saturday in game three of the first round of the NBA playoffs at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.
The Oklahoma City Thunder hope to get control back in this series by winning here and taking a 2-1 lead. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 105.5 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 105 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 24 points and 10.5 assists while Paul George is averaging 27 points and 8.5 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing seven rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 39.1 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won 10 of their last 15 road games.
The Utah Jazz can ride the momentum by protecting home court and taking a 2-1 series lead. The Utah Jazz are averaging 105 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 105.5 points on 44 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 27.5 points and 2.5 assists while Ricky Rubio is averaging 17.5 points and seven rebounds. Rudy Gobert is the third double-digit scorer and Derrick Favors is grabbing 10.5 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 71.7 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 49 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.3 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won 15 of their last 19 home games.
The Thunder are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, 38-17-2 ATS in their last 57 Saturday games and 5-16 ATS in their last 21 vs. NBA Northwest. The Jazz are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Conference Quarterfinals games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games. The home team is 19-9 ATS in the last 28 meetings and the under is 22-8 in the last 30 meetings.
The Oklahoma City Thunder continue to let teams hang around and don't know how to put together 48 minutes of consistent basketball. Even game one came down to the wire when OKC should have had things wrapped up once up double digits in the second half. It's hard to trust the Thunder, as you're never sure what team you're going to get. The Utah Jazz now have all the confidence in the world and return home where they've lost just four times since January 20. The Jazz were also able to play their style of game in the second contest, holding OKC to just 40 percent shooting and getting 15 offensive rebounds. If the Jazz can limit easy shots and crash the glass, it's going to be tough for the Thunder to take control of this series. I like the Jazz and the small chalk.