The Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder are preparing for their 8:00PM ET tip-off on Monday night inside Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It’s the first and only time the two teams will meet in the first half of the season, which is set to end on March 4th before a 6-game All-Star break.
The Utah Jazz enter their third matchup of the season with a 1-1 record. They opened the season with an impressive 120-100 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, but dropped their last game on Saturday 116-111 against the Minnesota Timberwolves. They have high hopes this year.
The Oklahoma City Thunder also have an opportunity to make noise this season. They’re currently 1-0 after having their first game postponed against the Houston Rockets. They won their ‘season opener’ against the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday with a score of 109-107 — thanks to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
Utah Jazz Betting Preview: Can the Jazz win their second game of the year?
The Utah Jazz are led by Donovan Mitchell, who is averaging 20.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.0 block per game this season. Don’t get it twisted, though. The Jazz have plenty of help around him — both starters and bench players. In fact, they have three players averaging 19.0 points per game.
Rudy Gobert averages 19.0 points, 17.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game. Mike Conley averages 19.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game. Jordan Clarkson averages 19.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game off the bench. Joe Ingles and Bojan Bogdanovic chip in 12.0 points per game each.
Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Preview: Will the Thunder remain undefeated this year?
The Oklahoma City Thunder are led by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who scored 24 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists, and 1 block in their one and only game this season. George Hill was also impressive for the Thunder, scoring 21 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal in the Thunder win.
Behind those two guards, the Thunder had Luguentz Dort and Dairius Bazley score 15 points in the opening game. Mike Muscala provided 14 points and 2 steals off the bench. While Al Horford only had 3 points in his Thunder debut, he led the team with 13 rebounds and provided solid presence down low.
Jazz vs. Thunder Betting Odds & Lines
Who do you think opens the week with a much-needed victory in the young season? BetOnline has the Utah Jazz (-115) with the 7-point advantage over the Oklahoma City Thunder (-105). They also have the over/under listed at 220.5 total points.
Free Betting Pick
The Oklahoma City Thunder have an exciting young leader in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and some nice veteran presence in Al Horford. They’ll be matched up against the powerful duo in Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. It should be an exciting matchup on both sides.
While the Utah Jazz are 100% healthy for this one, the Oklahoma City Thunder have Trevor Ariza listed as out and Ty Jerome listed as day-to-day. Neither of those injuries should play too much into their chances tonight. The Thunder might be 7-point underdogs, but I think they cover that tonight.
Final Score Prediction 112-107, Utah Jazz.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder (+7)