Game Time: 9:00 pm ET, Thursday, April 6, 2023
Venue: Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
Where to Watch: Sportsnet RM
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Thunder -5, Jazz +5; Over/Under: 236.5 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Thunder -5, Jazz +5; Over/Under: 238 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Thunder -5, Jazz +5; Over/Under: 237.5 points
Oklahoma City Thunder: 38-42 (3rd place, Northwest Division)
Utah Jazz: 36-43 (4th place, Northwest Division)
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Oklahoma City Thunder: 4-6 last 10
Utah Jazz: 3-7 last 10
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz Preview and Analysis
The Thunder are coming into this game with a 38-42 record overall and they are 15-25 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They are entering this game on a 3 game losing streak with losses coming against the Indiana Pacers, the Phoenix Suns, and the Golden State Warriors in their last game. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the team in points in that game with 32 while Jalen Williams was next on the team with 19 points. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the team in assists in that game with 7 while Josh Giddey led the team in rebounds with 6. They were 47.3% from the field, 34.4% from 3-point range, and 74.3% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 117.6 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 116.8 PPG against them. The Thunder have an ATS record of 43-34-3 this season and their O/U record is 46-34.
The Jazz are coming into this game with a 36-43 record overall and they are 22-17 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They are entering this game on a 3 game losing streak with losses coming against the Boston Celtics, the Brooklyn Nets, and the Los Angeles Lakers in their last game. Kelly Olynyk and Talen Horton-Tucker each led the team in points in that game with 23 while Ochai Agbaji was next on the team with 22 points. Kelly Olynyk and Talen Horton-Tucker each led the team in assists in that game with 7 while Damian Jones led the team in rebounds with 8. They were 52.2% from the field, 45.5% from 3-point range, and 77.4% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 117.3 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 118 PPG against them. The Jazz have an ATS record of 45-32-2 this season and their O/U record is 45-32-2.
Thunder vs Jazz Prediction
The current betting odds have the Thunder listed as a 5 point favorite in this game according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Thunder have improved a lot from last season with their 38-42 record overall this year. They haven't been great in their road games with a 15-25 road record and they have now lost 3 games in a row with no momentum coming into this one, but they still have a lot to play for this season. The Thunder are fighting for a play-in spot to the playoffs right now and they are only 0.5 games ahead of the Mavericks in 11th place. They need to keep fighting in these games if they want to have a chance at the playoffs this season. The Jazz haven't been having a great year as they are 36-43 overall, they have been a good home team with their 22-17 home record, but they also have no momentum coming into this one with 3 losses in a row. The Jazz are also missing some key starters as they are really banged up and the Thunder have actually been getting a lot healthier lately with all of their starters back in the lineup now. The Thunder will take advantage of a banged up Jazz team and use this game to keep themselves in a play-in spot. The best way to place a bet here is on the Thunder to cover the spread in this game.
Thunder Jazz Prediction: Our NBA Pick for Thursday, April 6, 2023 (9:00 pm ET start time) is Thunder 124 Jazz 114.
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NBA Betting Trends
Oklahoma City Thunder: 1-6 ATS as a road favorite. 20-7 OVER after 2 or more consecutive overs. 8-1 OVER after allowing 120 points or more 3 straight games.
Utah Jazz: 31-12 ATS as an underdog. 26-17 ATS after a game where they covered the spread. 27-13 OVER revenging a loss where opponent scored 100 or more points.
Oklahoma City Thunder: A. Pokusevski (PF) Ques Thurs - Knee. K. Williams (SG) out for season - Wrist. C. Holmgren (C) out for season - Foot.
Utah Jazz: L. Markkanen (PF) Ques Thurs - Hand. R. Gay (SF) Out indefinitely - Back. W. Kessler (C) out for season - Concussion. J. Clarkson (PG) Out indefinitely - Finger.
“We’ve got a week left in the regular season, and if (we) bring the same level of focus, competitiveness, physicality, execution (and) game plan … we’ll be able to lay our head on the pillow at night. I just thought we played at a really high level today and they were just a better team on this day.” - Mark Daigneault after his team’s loss against the Suns in their game on Sunday.
“Our team did a good job of continuing the pace. We had the freedom down 10 to just like keep our foot on the gas.” - Will Hardy after his team’s loss against the Lakers in their game on Tuesday.
Oklahoma City Thunder
PG Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
SG Josh Giddey
SF Luguentz Dort
PF Jalen Williams
C Jaylin Williams
PG Collin Sexton
SG Ochai Agbaji
SF Talen Horton-Tucker
PF Kelly Olynyk
C Damian Jones
Oklahoma City Thunder
PPG: S. Gilgeous-Alexander (31.5)
APG: J. Giddey (6.1)
Reb/G: J. Giddey (7.9)
PPG: L. Markkanen (25.6)
APG: K. Dunn (4.9)
Reb/G: L. Markkanen (8.6)
Oklahoma City Thunder: Mark Daigneault (3rd season)
Utah Jazz: Will Hardy (1st season)