Utah Jazz vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 5/14/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Utah Jazz vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Friday, May 14, 2021
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Bally Sports Oklahoma
The Oklahoma City Thunder (21-49) host the Utah Jazz (50-20) at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Friday.
The Utah Jazz faced the Portland Blazers and took a loss by a final of 105-98 in their last game. Utah wrapped up the game with a 41.2% FG percentage (35 of 85) and made 12 out of their 40 shots from downtown. From the free throw line, the Jazz converted 16 of 21 attempts for a rate of 76.2%. Regarding hauling in rebounds, they earned 53 with 15 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 15 assists in this contest while forcing 5 turnovers and having 4 steals. When it comes to the defense, Utah allowed their opponent to shoot 44.0% from the field on 40 out of 91 shooting. Portland dished out 17 dimes and had 7 steals for this contest. Furthermore, Portland snagged 39 rebounds (9 offensive, 30 defensive) and added 4 blocks. Portland walked away from this one shooting 70.6% at the charity stripe by knocking down 12 of their 17 attempts. They made 13 out of their 32 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Rudy Gobert is a player who was a major factor in the matchup. He left the arena with 15 points on 6 of 8 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 34:14 minutes and also grabbed 20 rebounds. Gobert finished the game shooting 75.0% from the floor and totaled 2 dimes. Someone else that was a factor in this matchup for the Jazz was Joe Ingles. He grabbed 4 rebounds in his 31:56 minutes on the hardwood. He ended up going 30.8% from the field for the contest by hitting 4-of-13 (14 points). Overall, Ingles had 4 assists.
Utah enters this matchup with a mark of 50-20 on the season. They are averaging 116.5 points per game (4th in the league) while hitting 46.9% from the field. The Jazz are shooting 38.9% on three-point attempts (1,174 of 3,020) and 79.9% from the charity stripe. As a team, Utah is pulling in 48.2 boards per contest and has racked up 1,652 dimes for the season, which is 22nd in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. They lose possession via turnover 14.2 times per contest and as a team they commit 18.6 fouls every game. On the defensive end, the Jazz are forcing their opponents into 11.4 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.9 personal fouls. They give up 34.2% on shots from downtown and they are 3rd in the league in opponents PPG (107.5). The Jazz are giving up a field goal percentage of 44.7% (797 of 1,323) and they surrender 42.6 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are ranked 1st in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,567 relinquished so far this year.
The last time they took the court, the Oklahoma City Thunder took a loss by a score of 122-106 against the Sacramento Kings. The Thunder earned 36 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards for a total of 45 for the game. They also turned it over 18 times, while earning 9 steals for the matchup. The Kings committed 21 fouls in the matchup which took the Thunder to the free throw line for a total of 28 attempts. They were able to bury 19 of the free throw tries for a rate of 67.9%. Regarding shooting from downtown, Oklahoma City buried 9 out of 23 tries (39.1%). When the final whistle was blown, the Thunder shot 39 for 84 from the field which gave them a percentage of 46.4%. The Thunder allowed the Kings to knock down 44 of their 86 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 51.2% in the matchup. They finished 48.7% from 3-point land by connecting on 19 out of 39 and finished the game at 15 of 19 at the free throw line (78.9%). In regard to how they cleaned up the glass, Oklahoma City permitted Sacramento to collect 40 overall (6 on the offensive side).
Kenrich Williams was important for the Thunder in this contest. He made 8 of 15 in this game giving him a field goal percentage of 53.3%, and had 2 rebounds. Williams racked up 20 points in his 32:57 mins on the court and accounted for 4 dimes in this matchup. Another guy who came through for Oklahoma City was Darius Bazley. He wrapped the game up with 5 assists in his 35:20 minutes on the court, and he converted 3 out of 13 from the floor. Bazley finished going 23.1% from the floor while earning 18 points and 5 rebounds.
Oklahoma City has a record of 21-49 for the year. The Thunder commit 18.2 fouls every game and they go 72.4% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 22.2 times per contest (27th in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 16.1 times per contest. Oklahoma City has accounted for 7,350 points so far this season (105.0 per contest) and they snag 45.5 boards per contest. As an offense, the Thunder are hitting on 44.0% from the floor, which is 29th in basketball. The Thunder on the defensive side of the court are 26th in basketball in PPG surrendered with 115.8. They surrender 25.9 dimes and 47.1 total boards per game, which ranks them 26th and 26th in basketball. The Oklahoma City defense gives up 36.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter (955 of 2,606) and their opponents are converting on 77.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are able to force 13.3 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.4% from the floor (25th in the league).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Oklahoma City
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