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Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz 10/20/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz 10/20/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Utah Jazz are hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Vivint Arena in Utah on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 21:00 ET in a battle between two teams that finished on opposite sides both of the league and of the Western Conference last season. 

 

The Jazz finished last season with a 52-20 record and were first both in the West and in the whole NBA. They were 41-41 against the spread and 33-38-1 in over/under. In the playoffs they eliminated the Memphis Grizzlies in the quarterfinals with 4-1 wins and then got eliminated in the semifinals by the Los Angeles Clippers with 4-2.

 

In their last game they lost on the road by the Clippers with a 119-131 score. They got torched by their opponents who shot with 56% from the field and 51% from downtown. Four of their five starters scored double digits, led by Donovan Mitchell with 39 points with 9 triples, 9 rebounds and a team-high 9 assists. 

 

He led the team in scoring last season with 26.4 ppg, adding 4.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. Jordan Clarkson followed with 18.4 ppg and 4 rebounds per game as the team’s sixth man. 

 

The Jazz had the fourth-best defense in the league last season with 116.4 ppg and the third-best defense, allowing 107.2 ppg. They had a 46.8% field goal percentage and a 38.9% 3-point percentage. 

 

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Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz Predictions 10/20/2021

 

The Thunder finished last season with a 22-50 record and were second to last in the West. They were 31-40-1 against the spread and 36-36 in over/under. In their last game of the regular season they defeated the Los Angeles Clippers at home with a 117-112 score, shooting much better than their opponents from the paint (53% to 42%). They had three players with 24+ points, led by Aleksej Pokusevski with 29. He made 6 triples and added 8 rebounds, while Josh Hall added 25 points and 10 boards. 

 

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the team both in scoring with 23.7 ppg and in assists made with 5.9, adding 4.7 rebounds per game. Al Horford added 14.2 ppg, 6.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.   

 

The Thunder had the third-worse offense in the league, scoring 105 ppg and the fifth-worse defense, allowing 115.6 ppg. They had a 44.1% field goal percentage and a 33.9% 3-point percentage. 

 

The Jazz won all three meetings against the Thunder last season, winning the only game at home with a 106-96 score. The Thunder are 6-1 against the spread in their previous seven matchups. Under is 6-1 in their previous seven matchups. The Jazz were 31-5 at home last year, while the Thunder were 12-24 on the road. Jazz are the favorite for the win but the Thunder always found a way to force close games, so pick the Thunder to beat the odds in this one. 

 

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Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz 10/20/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Time: 21:00 ET 

 

Location: Vivint Arena in Utah, UT

 

Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2021

 

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NBA Odds/Point Spread: Utah Jazz -12

 

NBA Totals: +221

 

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