Thunder vs. Jazz Prediction
With the series deadlocked at a game apiece, the series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz shifts to Salt Lake City. Are the hosts going to win an important Game 3 tonight?
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Vivint Smart Home Arena at 10PM ET
Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Jazz are a 5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 208.5 points. As of Saturday afternoon, 51 percent of public bets are siding with visiting Oklahoma City. Check out our NBA Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Mitchell continues stellar play
Utah rookie shooting guard Donovan Mitchell hardly looks like a rookie and has played outstanding basketball in the first two playoff games of his career. After scoring 27 in his postseason debut, he added 28 points in a 102-95 Game 2 victory as the Jazz evened the series at a game apeice. Mitchell made several highlight reel played and helped the visitors put the game away with a big fourth quarter. He was helped out in part by a huge game from Derrick Favors, who contributed 20 points along with 16 rebounds and three assists.
Grant gives good minutes off bench
Oklahoma City backup small forward Jerami Grant was given 30 minutes of playing time in Game 2 and made the most of it, scoring 13 points while pulling down six rebounds and adding an assist. It was more than double the minutes he was given in Game 1 when he scored four points in 14 minutes. Despite the loss, Grant was a plus-1 when on the court. He essentially served as the Thunder's sixth man this season, averaging 8.4 points and 3.9 rebounds in 20.3 minutes per game. He could be looking at a solid number of minutes in Game 3 as well considering his positive influence in the last game.
NBA Betting Trends
The under is 8-0 in the last eight meetings in Utah. The under is 5-0 in the last five Oklahoma City road games.
The under is 4-1 in the last five Jazz games versus a team with a winning road record. The under is 4-1 in the last five Utah games versus a team with a winning straight up record.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: THUNDER/JAZZ UNDER 208.5