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NBA Game Preview - Jazz underdogs vs Thunder at Oklahoma City

Utah JazzOklahoma City Thunder
March 23, 8:00 PM | Ford Center

Utah Jazz vs Oklahoma City Thunder Odds

36-35TEAM RECORD45-24

Ford Center features an NBA battle between the host Oklahoma City Thunder and the visiting Utah Jazz in betting action on Wednesday.

Oklahoma City battles the Jazz, currently with a 36-35 mark (30-40-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 38-31 for the Thunder and 39-31-1 for the Jazz.

View Utah vs Oklahoma City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks have set the Thunder as 9.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed at 201, but may be on the move.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 7-rated Thunder and the No. 23-rated Jazz in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 105-101 win for the Thunder on Wednesday.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Oklahoma City's No. 5-ranked offense, averaging 104.4 PPG, against a Jazz defense that ranks No. 19 at 101.5 PPG. The Thunder field goal percentage has averaged 46.1% so far, less than the Jazz shooters have achieved on the year, 46.5% per game.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Jazz own the league's No. 19-rated mark, allowing 103 points per game when on the road. Oklahoma City, on the other hand, rates No. 3 in home scoring.

Last time out for Utah, they were a 103-85 loser as they battled the Grizzlies on the road. The Jazz failed to cover in the match as an 8-point underdog, while 188 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Paul Millsap scored 15 points in a failed effort to lead the Jazz to victory (they lost 103-85 to Memphis at FedExForum on Monday).

Oklahoma City was a 95-93 loser in its last match at home against the Raptors. They failed to cover the 14.5–point spread as favorites, while the total score of 188 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Oklahoma City suffered a 95-93 loss against Toronto on Sunday, getting 23 points from James Harden in a losing effort at Ford Center.

Utah Jazz Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing New Orleans are 6-4
After playing Memphis are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-8
Before playing Minnesota are 5-5
After playing Toronto are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3

A few Jazz at Thunder trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Utah's last 5 games when playing Oklahoma City
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Utah's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Utah's last 7 games on the road
Utah is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games when playing Utah
Oklahoma City is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Oklahoma City's last 7 games at home

Next up:
Utah home to New Orleans, Thursday, March 24
Oklahoma City home to Minnesota, Friday, March 25

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