Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz Prediction, 4/13/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz
Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Location: Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
TV: Bally Sports Oklahoma
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma City (+17.5)
The Utah Jazz (40-13) play the Oklahoma City Thunder (20-33) at Vivint Arena on Tuesday. Utah opens this matchup as 17.5-point favorites. The total opens at 224.
The Oklahoma City Thunder faced the Philadelphia 76ers and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 117-93 in their last game. Oklahoma City finished the contest having earned a 50.0% field goal percentage (38 of 76) and knocked down 8 out of their 20 shots from distance. From the charity stripe, the Thunder knocked down 9 of their 19 tries for a rate of 47.4%. In terms of hauling in boards, they compiled a total of 45 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 21 dimes for this contest as well as forcing the other team into 9 turnovers and having 3 steals. In the matter of defending, Oklahoma City allowed their opponent to shoot 46.8% from the floor on 44 of 94 shooting. Philadelphia distributed 24 assists and had 11 steals for this game. Additionally, Philadelphia had 47 boards (13 offensive, 34 defensive) and added 4 blocks. Philadelphia finished 68.0% when shooting free throws by converting 17 of 25 attempts. They converted 12 of their 38 attempts from distance.
Darius Bazley is one guy who had an impact in this game. He left the arena with 17 points on 7 of 12 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 35:41 mins and snagged 9 rebounds. Bazley ended up going 58.3% from the field and recorded 5 dimes. One more player that was a major factor in the matchup for the Thunder was Luguentz Dort. He snagged 5 rebounds in 28:49 min played on the night. He ended up going 50.0% from the floor in the matchup by connecting on 6-of-12 (15 points). Overall, Dort had accumulated 1 assist.
Oklahoma City will enter this game with a win-loss mark of 20-33 for the campaign. The Thunder are shooting 34.8% on three-point attempts (668 of 1,917) and 73.3% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 105.4 pts per game (27th in the NBA) while connecting on 44.6% from the field. They are turning it over 15.5 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 17.8 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Oklahoma City is pulling down 44.9 rebounds per game and has accounted for 1,194 assists so far this season, which is 26th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. On defense, the Thunder are forcing 12.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.2 personal fouls. The Thunder defense is allowing a FG percentage of 46.9% (673 of 967) and they surrender 47.2 boards per game as a team. They are currently ranked 19th in the league in giving up assists with 1,330 relinquished so far this season. They are giving up 35.4% from 3-point land while they are 22nd in the NBA in points per game from their opponents (113.9).
When they last stepped on the court, the Utah Jazz took home the win by a final score of 128-112 against the Sacramento Kings. The Jazz were able to corral 41 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards for a total of 52 in this matchup. They also coughed up the ball 10 times, while getting 8 steals in the game. The Kings committed 23 personal fouls for the game which took the Jazz to the free throw line for a total of 35 shots. They were able to make 30 of those for a percentage of 85.7%. With respect to 3-point attempts, Utah converted 18 of 50 tries (36.0%). When the game finished, the Jazz finished shooting 40 for 88 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.5%. The Jazz permitted the Kings to make 42 out of their 88 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 47.7% for the matchup. They shot 33.3% from beyond the arc by connecting on 14 of 42 and ended up shooting 14 of 22 at the free throw line (63.6%). When it comes to rebounding, Utah permitted Sacramento to snag 38 overall (4 offensive).
Donovan Mitchell ended up being a major contributor for the Jazz for this contest. He buried 12 of 31 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 38.7%, and accounted for 3 rebounds. Mitchell earned 42 points in his 35:02 mins of playing time and had 4 dimes in this matchup. An additional guy that was pivotal for Utah was Mike Conley. He wrapped the game up with 4 assists in his 31:37 minutes played, and he knocked down 8 of 14 from the floor. Conley walked away from this one going 57.1% from the field while also earning 26 points and 6 rebounds.
Utah has a mark of 40-13 so far this year. The Jazz are responsible for committing 18.8 fouls every game while shooting 79.2% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 23.4 times per contest (22nd in the league) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.8 times per contest. Utah has totaled 6,207 pts this season (117.1 per contest) and they collect 48.4 boards per game. As an offense, the Jazz are shooting 46.7% from the field, which is ranked 14th in the league. The Jazz on the defensive end are ranked 4th in basketball in PPG allowed with 107.4. They surrender 22.2 assists and 43.0 boards per game, which ranks 3rd and 10th in the NBA. The Utah defense surrenders 34.2% on shots from beyond the arc (570 of 1,669) and their opponents are knocking down 77.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing their opponents into 11.4 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 44.6% from the floor (2nd in basketball).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Utah (-17.5) and over 224 points
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