Utah Jazz vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 3/6/2022 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Utah Jazz vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Sunday, March 6, 2022
Location: Paycom Center in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Bally Sports OK
Paycom Center is the site where the Oklahoma City Thunder (20-43) will attempt to beat the Utah Jazz (39-23) on Sunday.
The Jazz stepped onto the hardwood against the Pelicans and ended up losing by a score of 124-90 in their last game. With respect to personal fouls, the Jazz walked away with 14 while the Pelicans accumulated 10 personal fouls. They knocked down 11 out of their 36 shots from beyond the perimeter. New Orleans went 76.5% when shooting free throws by burying 13 of their 17 tries. Moreover, New Orleans snagged 37 rebounds (15 offensive, 22 defensive) and had 2 blocks. New Orleans totaled 52 assists and had 29 steals in this matchup. When discussing the defense, Utah allowed the other team to shoot 51.5% from the field on 50 of 97 shooting. They also doled out 15 assists in the game in addition to forcing 4 turnovers and getting 7 steals. When it comes to hauling in rebounds, they earned a total of 52 with 22 of them being of the offensive variety. At the charity stripe, the Jazz made 17 of 26 tries for a rate of 65.4%. Utah finished the contest with a 34.8% field goal percentage (31 out of 89) and converted 11 of their 41 shots from beyond the arc.
Hassan Whiteside is one player who was a major contributor in the matchup. Whiteside finished 85.7% from the field but finished the game without an assist. He played 16 mins and also grabbed 12 rebounds. He accounted for 13 points on 6 of 7 shooting.
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Utah will play this game with a mark of 39-23 this season. They are turning it over 14.4 times per contest and as a squad are committing 18.8 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Utah is snagging 46.1 boards per game and has racked up 1,387 dimes this season, which ranks 28th in basketball in terms of passing. The Jazz are connecting on 36.1% on three-point shots (902 of 2,496) and 77.8% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 113.7 points per game (6th in the league) while shooting 47.3% from the field.
On the defensive end of the court, the Jazz are able to force 12.2 turnovers per contest and they draw 20.2 personal fouls. They are ranked 5th in the NBA in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,440 conceded on the year. The Jazz are allowing a shooting percentage of 45.4% (2,530 of 5,576) and they surrender 41.8 boards per contest as a unit. They give up 34.6% from beyond the arc while they are 11th in basketball in points per game from their opponents (107.6).
The last time they took the court, the Thunder walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 138-101 when they faced the Timberwolves. The Thunder were able to pull down 31 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 39 in this game. They turned the ball over 23 times, while getting 12 steals in the matchup. The Timberwolves earned 17 fouls for the matchup which got the Thunder to the charity stripe for 21 shots. They were able to bury 18 of the free throws for a percentage of 85.7%. With regard to shooting from downtown, Oklahoma City knocked down 9 of their 35 attempts (25.7%). At the conclusion of this game, the Thunder ended up going 37 for 86 from the field which gave them a percentage of 43.0%. The Thunder allowed the Timberwolves to convert 49 of 90 attempts from the field which had them shooting 54.4% in the matchup. They wrapped up this game 46.8% from distance by shooting 22 of 47 and walked away from this one shooting 18 out of 23 at the free throw line (78.3%). In regard to rebounds, Oklahoma City allowed Minnesota to grab 34 in all (7 on the offensive glass).
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was important for the Thunder in the matchup. He knocked down 14 out of 21 for the contest giving him a rate of 66.7%, and totaled 5 rebounds. Gilgeous-Alexander recorded 33 points in his 30 minutes on the hardwood and accounted for 7 assists for the game.
Oklahoma City has a win-loss mark of 20-43 for the season. On the offensive side of the court, the Thunder are shooting 42.2% from the floor, which is 30th in basketball. Oklahoma City has accounted for 6,433 points for the season (102.1 per game) and they average 46.0 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 21.6 times per game (29th in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 13.7 times per contest. The Thunder are committing 18.2 personal fouls every game and they go 76.2% from the charity stripe.
The Oklahoma City defense gives up 34.2% on shots from 3-point land (825 of 2,409) and opponents are converting on 75.6% of their shots from the free throw line. They relinquish 25.5 assists and 48.7 rebounds per game, which ranks them 24th and 30th in the NBA. The Thunder on defense are ranked 14th in the league in PPG given up with 109.2. They are able to force 13.7 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.2% from the field (10th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Oklahoma City
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