Thunder vs Jazz Free NBA Pick – 1-23-2017 – Best NBA Handicappers

Thunder vs Jazz Free NBA Pick

FREE NBA Betting Pick Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz
Line: Jazz – 6, 203
Tipoff: 9pm EST
Free NBA Pick by Aaron Alexis of Best NBA Handicappers

Oklahoma City (25-19 SU, 23-20-1 ATS, 19-25 O/U) vs.
Utah Jazz (29-16 SU, 21-23-1 ATS, 22-23 O/U)

Oklahoma City is in the midst of a tough road trip and so far not so good. The Thunder have lost 3 of 4 on the road as they arrive in Salt Lake City to take on the Jazz.  Utah has now won 6 straight games (3-3 ATS) including a win over the defending champion, Cleveland Cavaliers.  

Oklahoma City is finding out that life post Kevin Durant is a tough life.  Russell Westbrook started the season as one of the hottest players in the game but it’s becoming apparent that he will eventually run out of gas.  Westbrook is averaging 30 PPG, 10 assists and 10 rebounds playing 34 minutes per game.  Westbrook is a superstar but the Thunder play poor defense allowing 105.6 PPG which ranks them 20th in the NBA. Center Steven Adams has been out with a concussion and is not expected back tonight.

Utah has been a nice surprise this season and they appear to finally be getting healthy which means they will only get better.  Rodney Hood is the latest to fall victim to the injury bug and has missed the last 3 games with a bone bruise but the Jazz are (3-0) in his absence.  Gordon Heyward has lead the way with 22 PPG but is supported by George Hill (18 PPG), Rodney Hood (14 PPG) and Rudy Gobert (12 PPG).  

Utah is averaging 100 PPG on offense this year while holding opposing teams to 95 PPG on defense.  They haven’t been a high powered offense, mostly due to injuries, but this team is built to win by playing tough defense. The Jazz rank 1st in the NBA conceding only 95 PPG and they are averaging 40 defensive rebounds which ranks them 4th in the NBA.  Utah forces teams to grind out each possession which will be a big part of this team making a playoff push.  

NBA Betting Trends:
Home team is 14-5 ATS in the last 19 meetings.
Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Northwest.
Thunder are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Utah.

Oklahoma City is the ideal opponent for the Jazz.  Play tough defense on Westbrook and force his teammates to make shots.  This is not a good matchup for the Thunder and while -6 points may be a lot to give up the Jazz seem to be rising while the Thunder appear to be sinking.  

Thunder vs Jazz NBA Betting Prediction: Utah Jazz -6

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