As it stands at the moment, the LA Lakers are the only team in the Western Conference to have officially booked their place in the postseason. That number will soon grow, though, as there are a bunch of teams in the chasing pack who are very much on the brink of punching their playoff tickets. The Lakers are well out in front, but behind them, we are seeing a bit of a logjam, which means that the race for seedings is going to be a fun one to watch coming down the stretch. There are just 4 games separating the current #2 seed from the #6 seed, so we may well see some changes in the standings before the regular season is all said and done. The Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder are both in that pack and separated by just a single game, so this one certainly has some serious playoff implications, with every team looking to crack that top 4 and get themselves home court advantage in the opening round. The Thunder are a 3-point favorite on home court, with the point total for this one set at 217 ½. Let’s see how the NBA odds will be for the Jazz vs Thunder.
Jazz vs Thunder 2020 NBA Game Preview & Betting Odds
- When: Wednesday, March 11 at 8 PM EST
- Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City
- NBA Odds: Oklahoma City Thunder -3 / Total 218.5
Thunder Tunes Up for Utah@OUMedicine Game Day Report ⤵️— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) March 11, 2020
Why bet on the Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz are currently sitting in the #4 spot in the Western Conference, a game up on the Thunder, who are sitting directly below them. As well as simply trying to maintain their top 4 status, the Jazz know that they still have a shot at the Northwest Division title, as they are just 3 games off the pace being set by the Denver Nuggets. That divisional race is going to be a fun one to watch as we head down the home stretch in the NBA season. The Jazz, though, are coming into this one on the heels of a loss that took them to just 5-5 in their last 10 games. They are 1-1 versus the Thunder this season, but both of those games were played on home court. On the road, Utah is 20-13 SU and 16-16-1 ATS.
- Total Score: 111.03
- Field Goal %: 47.46
- Three Point %: 38.32
- Free Throw %: 77.21
- Total Rebounds: 45.11
- Total Score: 107.86
- Field Goal %: 45.21
- Three Point %: 35.1
- Free Throw %: 76.92
- Total Rebounds: 42.56
Why bet on the Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder are a team on the move right now, which is why we cannot count them out of the divisional race, where they are 3 games back of the Nuggets and a game behind the Jazz. OKC come into this one on a 3-game winning run, but perhaps more importantly, they are 8-2 over their last 10 games, a run that has seen them start to creep up the standings in the Western Conference. As mentioned earlier, they managed a split in their two road games in Utah this season and will now be looking to take advantage of home court, where they are 20-13 on the season. The Thunder have won 18 of their last 19 homes games against the Jazz, so you really need to like them here.
- Total Score: 110.77
- Field Goal %: 47.33
- Three Point %: 35.44
- Free Throw %: 79.74
- Total Rebounds: 42.66
- Total Score: 108.31
- Field Goal %: 45.66
- Three Point %: 34.46
- Free Throw %: 79.55
- Total Rebounds: 44.41
Jazz vs Thunder NBA Betting Trends
- Utah are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games.
- Utah are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.
- Utah are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games against Oklahoma City.
- Utah are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games against Oklahoma City.
- Utah are 6-0 SU in their last 6 games on the road.
- Oklahoma City are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games.
- Oklahoma City are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City’s last 5 games against Utah.
- Oklahoma City are 3-6 ATS in their last 9 games at home.
- Oklahoma City are 18-1 SU in their last 19 games when playing at home against Utah.
Jazz vs Thunder Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I expect this one to be close throughout, but I think that the Oklahoma City Thunder will start to get the upper hand late on. I am taking OKC to win and cover on Wednesday night.
Utah Jazz 109 Oklahoma City Thunder 116