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Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz Prediction & Preview

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz 2018-12-11 NBA,

#517 Utah
Jazz 218.5
#518 Oklahoma City
Thunder -5
Monday, December 10, 2018 at 8:05pm
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The Oklahoma City Thunder will host the Utah Jazz in a Northwest division battle Monday night from the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Jazz defeated the Rockets on Thursday before playing in San Antonio on Sunday night, and the Thunder are coming off a 114-112 road loss to the Bulls. The Thunder won last year’s season-series 3-1.

Jazz Face Thunder for First Time of Season

The Utah Jazz head into this one with a 5-5 record in their last 10 games heading into Sunday’s game in San Antonio. They have been very competitive on the road where own a 9-7 record on the season. Utah has yet to play the Thunder this season, and Donovan Mitchell was outstanding against the Thunder last year, posting an average of 20.7 points on 53% shooting in three games. The 22-year old shooting guard has scored 20 or fewer points in three straight games heading into Sunday’s action, and he is currently averaging a team-leading 20.6 points on a 42.7% clip from the field.

Rudy Gobert has collected a double-double in four out of his last five games heading into Sunday’s action, and he stands second in the NBA with 22 double-doubles on the season. The 7-foot-1 center averaged 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds against the Thunder last season.  Gobert is averaging 15 points and 12.4 rebounds on the season.
The Jazz haven’t been able to mimic last season’s success, although they have won four out of their last five games overall. Utah has heated up in the offensive end, and they are currently scoring an average of 107.4 points, ranking them 24th in the NBA. They are conceding an average of 107.6 points, pegging them sixth in the NBA.

Thunder Winning Streak Snapped in Loss to Bulls

The Oklahoma City Thunder will be eager to get back on the court after they had a four-game winning streak snapped in a 114-112 road loss to the Bulls in their latest action on Friday night. The Thunder shot 45% from the field, while Chicago was able to sink 52% of their field goals. Russell Westbrook played well in the defeat, netting 24 points long with 17 rebounds and 13 assists for his fifth triple-double of the season. The 10-year veteran point guard leads the NBA with five triple-doubles, and he has scored at least 23 points in three out of his last five games. Westbrook is averaging 22.8 points along with 10.6 rebounds and 10.2 assists per game. He averaged 22.8 points in four games against the Jazz last season.

Paul George recently scored 47 points against the Nets, followed by 19 points against the Bulls on Friday. The 28-year old small forward has collected two double-doubles in his last three games, and he is up to 24 PPG on 46% shooting on the season.
OKC stands at 7-3 in their last 10 games overall, and they feature a strong 9-3 home record on the season. The Thunder are averaging a solid 111.1 points, ranking them 12th in the NBA. They are holding opponents to 104.4 points, good for fifth in the NBA.

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