Thunder vs. Jazz Prediction
Following back-to-back wins over the Warriors and Trail Blazers, will the Utah Jazz make it three in a row when they host Russell Westbrook and the OKC Thunder at 9:00 p.m. ET?
9:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, December 22, 2018
Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook BetNow.eu, the Jazz are 1.5-point favorites to beat the Thunder. The total, meanwhile, sits at 217 points and as of this writing, 60% of the public betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Thunder to cover the point spread.
Oklahoma City Thunder Fantasy Spin
Russell Westbrook piled up 19 points, a season-high-tying 17 assists, 11 rebounds and six steals during Wednesday's impressive road win vs. the Kings on Wednesday. OKC has the league's best defensive rating, allowing a mere 101.7 points per 100 possessions, and they very nearly hit that mark tonight (102.4 defensive rating). A big part of their success is Westbrook and Paul George locking down the perimeter, and the steals are off the charts -- Westbrook has 25 steals in the past five games, which is almost unheard of.
Utah Jazz Fantasy Spin
Donovan Mitchell scored a season-low three points (1-of-10 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs) with seven rebounds, four assists, one block, one steal, and four turnovers in 28 minutes against the Blazers on Friday. Mitchell is now shooting a putrid 35.4% (63-of-178) in 10 December games. He's also shooting an ice-cold 29.2% (19-of-65) since the calendar flipped to December. After this three point outing, his points per game dropped to 17.8 on the month. On the bright side, he's had at least one steal in his last 10 games and has hit 2+ triples in seven of them. He's a buy-low candidate.
NBA Betting Trends
The under is 5-2 in the Thunder’s last seven games versus Western Conference opponents and is 16-7 in their last 23 road games.
The under is 5-0 in the Jazz’s last five games overall but the over is 7-3 in their last 10 home games.
The Jazz have covered all four of their last four home games, are 3-1-1 against the number in their last five games overall and are 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight conference games. On the other side, the Thunder are just 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games, are 6-20 ATS in their last 26 games versus Northwest opponents and are 2-5 against the number in their last seven games when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
Saturday NBA Prediction: Utah Jazz -1.5