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Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz Prediction & Preview

#553 Utah Jazz
Jazz 3.5
#554 Oklahoma City Thunder
Thunder -3.5
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 8:05pm
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With six NBA games slated for Wednesday evening one of the most appealing match-ups has to be the Utah Jazz heading into Chesapeake Energy Arena to battle it out against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Toronto Raptors stole a road win from the Jazz on Monday night as the Jazz only shot 39.8% from the floor in a 101-92 loss. A game they were favored to win by 4.5 points as the home favorite. Oklahoma as had two days rest as they were able to beat the Celtics in Boston last Sunday as a six point underdog 105-104. The Thunder have won three games in a row and are an impressive 17-5 in their last 22 contests.
Wednesday's game is the third of four meetings between the teams this season, with the teams splitting the first two. The Thunder have won three games in a row and are an impressive 17-5 in their last 22 contests. The Jazz have won six consecutive road games with their last road loss coming on February 1st.

Utah sitting only one game ahead of OKC for the No. 4 spot in the West

Utah and OKC could be heading in a direction that could lead towards a second playoff meeting in three seasons. This is an important game for both teams as each of them are battling neck and neck in the Western Conference Standings. Utah has won nine games over their last 15 as they have been simply lights out on the road the last six weeks. Despite the loss to Toronto on Monday night Utah outscored Toronto 42-19 in bench points. Joe Ingles led the way, going 8 for 12 from the field. This marked the fifth time in six games the Jazz scored 30 or more bench points.
Things got chippy versus the Raptors and Jazz center Rudy Gobert was ejected during Monday's loss to Toronto. "I don't think it makes sense to me. But next time, I'll do justice myself so the official can eject me for a reason," Gobert told reporters. Gobert and the Raptors' OG Anunoby were thrown out with 40.6 seconds left. They received double technicals and were forced to be separated by teammates. Gobert said Anunoby "tried to elbow me in the face."
Utah is only 1-7 against the spread in the last eight meetings versus OKC. Additionally the Jazz are 2-7-1 against the spread in their last 10 games overall.

Oklahoma City continues to exceed expectations

The Oklahoma City Thunder have a chance to move into a tie for the No. 4 spot in the Western Conference when they play the Utah Jazz for the third time this season. The surprising Thunder just finished sweeping a three-game road trip and won eight of the last 10 to pull within one game of the Jazz. One would of thought OKC has going to to have a little anxiety trying to figure out how to play without their leading score Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Just ask Boston how they looked without him. Dennis Schroder stripped the ball from Kemba Walker and scored on a layup with 8.5 seconds to help the Thunder rally to beat the Boston Celtics 105-104.
The Thunder have been flat-out one of the scariest teams in the NBA since Christmas, playing themselves into a very over crowded fight for a playoff seeding in the Western Conference. Thunder coach Billy Donovan said he is mindful of managing how much he uses Gilgeous-Alexander, who ranks 11th in the NBA in minutes per game (35.1). He played in all 82 games as a rookie last season. Gilgeous-Alexander (hip) is Day-to-Day and "should be available to play" Wednesday against the Jazz, per coach Billy Donovan, Maddie Lee of The Oklahoman reports.
OKC is scoring 110.8 points per game while surrendering 108.3. Schroder scored 27 off the bench in the last game in Utah as the Thunder stormed to a 104-90 victory on December 9th. Schroder is one of four Thunder players averaging over 17 points with Danilo Gallinari (19.2) and Chris Paul (17.7) joining Gilgeous-Alexander while center Steven Adams provides a steady 10.9 points on 59.1 percent shooting.

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