One of the things about going on such a long break as the NBA has been on is that you have a chance to reflect on just how good a job some teams have done. And when we do our NBA Betting Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz Spread Pick & Prediction at CentSports, we can count both teams in that camp.
There is nothing about the Thunder that hasn’t been impressive. They are 40-24, which puts them in sixth place in the West, but they are only a game and a half behind the Denver Nuggets, who are in the #3 spot. And what is even more impressive is the fact that they have the same 40-24 mark against the NBA basketball pointspread, which is the best in the league. Remember that when you are moving ahead with your predictions.
And another remarkable thing is that they traded away the guy who was by far their most dominant player – Russell Westbrook – in the off-season.
The value they received for Westbrook was extraordinary, but a lot of that will be realized into the future. There’s plenty to focus on in the here and now.
For example, how Billy Donovan has been able to convert Westbrook’s absence into something of an advantage, in the sense that there is more ball distribution and less in the way of isolation. Chris Paul has been a great facilitator, and the Thunder have benefited from a three-guard lineup. With the likes of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Dennis Schroder and Danilo Galinari, they can hurt you from the outside?
NBA Betting – Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz Spread Pick & Prediction
In the odds at CentSports upon which we will make our NBA Betting Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz Spread Pick & Prediction, OKC is favored:
Oklahoma City Thunder -1
Utah Jazz +1
Over 212 points -110
Under 212 points -110
Most people are not altogether sure what the chemistry situation is with Utah (41-23 SU, 30-32-2 ATS), which is one game ahead of OKC in the West playoff queue. After all, when Rudy Gobert got careless and came down with COVID-19, Donovan Mitchell got pissed at him because Gobert apparently infected him, and there was bad blood (literally AND figuratively).
What we know is that Gobert is trying to get more assertive on offense, and trying to broaden his range as well. Bojan Bogdanovic, the second-leading scorer at 20 ppg, has been lost for the season, and more offensive responsibility may fall on the center’s shoulders. The same may be said for others, like Jordan Clarkson and Joe Ingles.
Head coach Quin Snyder has expressed that he will also try working with some smaller lineups that can push the pace, and this is a situation where Mike Conley will have to perhaps re-introduce himself to his teammates. Conley is a veteran who should adapt, but then again, they have to adapt to him as well.
The confidence level for Utah on our part isn’t necessarily all that high. OKC looks like a team that could be formidable in these seeding games. They were on a tear before the break, going 34-13 after their 6-11 start. And here’s something you need to consider in your basketball handicapping – the Thunder have come back 16 times to win after trailing going into the fourth quarter. That’s only two off the record for the shot-clock era.
It’s a short number; I don’t mind going with the favorite as I make my Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz Spread Pick & Prediction at CentSports.