Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz Prediction, 10/20/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Location: Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
TV: Bally Sports OK
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma City (+11.5)
The Utah Jazz (52-20 last year) will take on the Oklahoma City Thunder (22-50 last season) at Vivint Arena on Wednesday. Utah opens as 11.5-point favorites. The over/under is 221.5.
The Thunder faced off with the Clippers and walked away with a win by a score of 117-112 in their last game. Oklahoma City finished the game with a 53.2% FG percentage (50 out of 94) and made 8 out of their 26 shots from beyond the arc. At the charity stripe, the Thunder knocked down 9 of 16 attempts for a rate of 56.3%. With regard to hauling in rebounds, they earned a total of 54 with 14 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 20 assists in this game as well as forcing the opposition into 3 turnovers and getting 1 steal. Regarding the defense, Oklahoma City allowed the other team to shoot 42.5% from the floor on 45 out of 106 shooting. Los Angeles dished out 17 dimes and had 8 steals in this matchup. Additionally, Los Angeles snagged 44 rebounds (16 offensive, 28 defensive) and earned 12 blocked shots. Los Angeles went 80.0% at the free throw line by burying 12 of 15 attempts. They also made 10 out of their 43 tries from distance.
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Moses Brown is a player who was important in the matchup. He recorded 24 points on 12 of 19 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 37 mins played and grabbed 18 rebounds. Brown finished shooting 63.2% from the field and dished out 3 assists.
Oklahoma City steps onto the court after finishing with a win-loss mark of 22-50 last year. They averaged 105.0 points per contest (28th in the league) while shooting 44.1% from the floor. The Thunder shot 33.9% on shots from 3-point land (857 of 2,529) and 72.5% from the free throw line. As a squad, Oklahoma City snagged 45.6 boards per contest and had 1,588 assists last season, which had them ranked 27th in the league in terms of passing. They turned it over 16.1 times per game and as a basketball team committed 18.1 personal fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end, the Thunder forced their opponents into 13.1 turnovers per contest and they drew 18.6 fouls. They were ranked 22nd in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,856 relinquished last season. The Thunder defense gave up a FG percentage of 47.3% (3,123 of 6,603) and they conceded 47.1 boards per contest as a basketball team. They relinquished 36.4% on shots from distance and they ranked 26th in the league in PPG allowed (115.6).
When they last stepped on the court, the Jazz took a defeat with a final score of 131-119 when they faced the Clippers. The Jazz were able to snag 27 defensive boards and 16 offensive rebounds totaling 43 for this contest. They also coughed up the ball 15 times, while earning 4 steals in this matchup. The Clippers had 16 fouls for the game which got the Jazz to the free throw line for 19 attempts. They were able to make 14 of the free throws for a rate of 73.7%. In terms of 3-point shots, Utah converted 21 of 44 attempts (47.7%). In all, the Jazz shot 42 out of 86 from the floor which had them sitting at 48.8%. The Jazz permitted the Clippers to convert 48 of their 85 tries from the floor which left them shooting 56.5% for the contest. They finished 51.3% from three-point range by shooting 20 out of 39 and ended up going 15 of 17 from the charity stripe (88.2%). In reference to cleaning up the glass, Utah permitted Los Angeles to pull down 33 in total (10 offensive).
Donovan Mitchell pitched in for the Jazz for the matchup. He knocked down 12 out of 27 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 44.4%, and had 9 rebounds. Mitchell totaled 39 points in his 40 mins on the court and accumulated 9 assists for this game.
Utah had a win-loss record of 52-20 last year. The Jazz committed 18.5 personal fouls every game while shooting 79.9% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists was at 23.7 times per game (23rd in the NBA) and they coughed up possession 14.2 times per game. Utah had 8,382 points last season (116.4 per game) and they grabbed 48.3 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Jazz shot 46.8% from the field, which ranked 16th in the league. The Jazz on the defensive side of the court were 3rd in basketball in points allowed per contest with 107.2. They forced their opponents into 11.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and allowed teams to shoot 44.7% from the floor (2nd in the league). The Utah defense surrendered 34.1% on shots from distance (783 of 2,293) and opponents made 76.8% of their foul shots. They conceded 22.3 dimes and 42.6 boards on a nightly basis, which ranked them 1st and 7th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Oklahoma City (+11.5)
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