Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz - 12/9/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz
Date: Monday, December 9, 2019
Location: Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
TV: AT&T Sportsnet - Rocky Mountain
Odds/Point Spread: Utah -9
Vivint Smart Home Arena is the venue where Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz (13-10, 2nd in the Northwest Division) will take on the Oklahoma City Thunder (9-12, 4th in the Northwest Division) on Monday. Oklahoma City opens this contest as 9 point underdogs. The total opens at 211.5.
The Thunder cover the spread 61.9% of the time, having gone 13-8-0 ATS. Utah is covering 39.1% of the time, going 9-14-0 against the spread.
Key Oklahoma City Thunder Injuries
12/7/2019 Terrance Ferguson SG Hip Expected to be out until at least Dec 9
12/4/2019 Andre Roberson SG Knee Expected to be out until at least Jan 1
11/25/2019 Hamidou Diallo SG Elbow Expected to be out until at least Jan 4
Key Utah Jazz Injuries
12/7/2019 Mike Conley PG Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Dec 9
12/5/2019 Juwan Morgan F Knee Game Time Decision
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander comes into this contest averaging 18.6 points per game while playing 34.8 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 5.0 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.0 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 81%. Danilo Gallinari averages 18.6 points per game in 30.3 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.2 assists per contest and 5.7 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 92%.
Donovan Mitchell averages 24.6 points per game while playing 34.6 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 4.7 rebounds per game and has 3.6 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is at 83%. Bojan Bogdanovic averages 20.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 33.1 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.4 rebounds per contest and 2.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is 89%.
Useful Team Statistics
Oklahoma City averages 108.6 points per contest this season, which ranks them 20th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -0.5 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team, which has them ranked 8th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 19th in the league. They average 42.2 rebounds per game and 22.0 assists per game, which ranks them 27th and 26th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 21st with 14.3 per game. The Thunder allow 109.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 15th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc, ranking them 17th and 11th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 45.2 rebounds a game which ranks 11th and they give up 22.8 assists per contest, which puts them in 7th place in the league. They force 14.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 9th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Utah is 23rd in the league with 106.6 points per game this year. They are 18th in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is 0.4. They shoot 39% from 3-point range, which is good for 4th in the NBA. They are 16th in the league in rebounding with 45.1 boards per game, and 27th in assists per contest with 21.4. The Jazz are 3rd in turnovers per game with 16.5. The Jazz surrender 106.1 points per contest, which ranks them 9th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 44% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 9th and 9th in those defensive statistics. They rank 2nd with 21.0 assists allowed per contest and 7th with 43.7 rebounds surrendered per game. The Jazz are 4th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 13.4 per game.
The Thunder are 17th in the NBA in offensive rating with 108.8, and their defensive rating of 109.3 is ranked 15th. In terms of pace they are 24th in the league with 98.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 13th. As a team they are 11th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shots, ranking 21st in the league. Oklahoma City is 19th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.8 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 15th in the league.
Utah is 3rd in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 24th in the NBA. The Jazz are 23rd in the league in defensive rating with 105.5, and their offensive rating of 106 is ranked 11th. They are 16th in the NBA in pace with 100.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 15th. As a unit they are 12th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shot attempts, ranking 14th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Thunder/Jazz NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Utah +9
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