Jazz vs Thunder: NBA betting preview
The Oklahoma City Thunder have a 7-2-1 ATS record against the Utah Jazz over their past 10 meetings as those Western Conference teams hit the hardwood in NBA betting action on Tuesday night.
The Thunder are also 6-1 SU over their past seven games against the Jazz dating back to 2010, including a 106-94 victory as a 9.5-point home favorite on November 30. That contest paid out as an UNDER result for totals bettors at the sportsbooks.
Supporters of the Thunder have seen them go 39-12 and 30-18-3 ATS so far this season, while the Jazz are at 28-24 and 24-27-1 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Jazz are 24-27-1, while the Thunder are 25-24-2.
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Jazz as 5-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 202, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Jazz - Thunder odds would favor the Thunder if the lines were set according to power ranks. Utah is rated No. 18 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Thunder sit at No. 1. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 110-99 win for the Thunder.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Utah's No. 11-ranked offense, averaging 98.1 PPG, against a Thunder defense that ranks No. 13 at 96.8 PPG. The Jazz field goal percentage has averaged 45.1% so far, less than the Thunder shooters have achieved on the year, 48.1% per game.
Defensively, the Thunder feature the league's No. 12-rated defense on the road, giving up 97.8 points per game. Utah, meanwhile, comes in at No. 12 in the league in scoring at home.
In their last action, Oklahoma City was a 97-69 winner on the road against the Suns. They covered the 8-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (166) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Phoenix was run off the court by the Thunder on Sunday as Oklahoma City blasted the Suns 97-69 at US Airways Center.
Last time out for Utah, they were a 120-109 loser as they battled the Kings on the road. The Jazz failed to cover in the match as a 1.5-point underdog, while 229 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Jazz endured a 120-109 loss at the hands of the Kings on Saturday, despite a 24-point effort from Alec Burks at Power Balance Pavilion.
Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 8-2
Before playing Miami are 5-5
After playing Phoenix are 5-5
After a win are 6-4
Utah Jazz Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 8-2
Before playing Minnesota are 5-5
After playing Sacramento are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3
A few Thunder at Jazz trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games when playing Utah
Oklahoma City is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Utah
Oklahoma City is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Utah's last 5 games when playing Oklahoma City
Utah is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Utah's last 6 games at home
Utah is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City home to Miami, Thursday, February 14
Utah at Minnesota, Wednesday, February 13