Get ready for a Northwest Division battle as the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder will face off at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Utah (52-20) had the NBA‘s best record last season. while the Thunder (22-50) finished second-to-last in the Western Conference. These teams met three times last year with the Jazz winning all three matchups.
Utah is favored by 13-points in the latest Jazz vs. Thunder odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 221. Before entering any Thunder vs. Jazz picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the advanced computer model at SportsLine.
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- Jazz vs. Thunder spread: Jazz -13
- Jazz vs. Thunder over-under: 221 points
What to know about the Jazz
Utah is coming off of a 52-20 season with hopes of advancing further than the second round of the playoffs, where it was eliminated by the Los Angeles Clippers 131-119 in Game 6. It was the first time since the 1997-98 season that Utah finished first in the Western Conference. The Jazz had three winning streaks of at least nine games during the regular season.
Utah is led by Donovan Mitchell on offense and Rudy Gobert on defense. Mitchell’s scoring average has increased each of his four NBA seasons, and he posted a career high of 26.4 points per game last year. On the defensive end of the court, Gobert won his third Defensive Player of the Year award as he finished second in the league in both rebounds per game (13.5) and blocks per game (2.7).
What to know about the Thunder
Oklahoma City’s (22-50) winning percentage of .306 last season was its lowest since its first year after relocating from Seattle in 2008-09. The team also missed the playoffs for the first time since 2015 as it began rebuilding efforts centered around several young players. The average age of Thunder players last year was 22.8 years old, making it the youngest team in the NBA.
OKC does have a star to build around in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who averaged 23.7 points, 5.9 assists and 4.7 rebounds last year. The team added two first-round rookies this year in sixth overall pick, Josh Giddey, and 18th overall pick, Tre Mann. The team also traded for Derrick Favors, who spent 10 years playing with Utah and was Gobert’s backup last season.
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