Jazz vs Thunder Prediction - NBA Picks 3/5/23

Oklahoma City Thunder (29-34) vs Utah Jazz (31-33)

Game Info: Sunday, March 5, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Paycom Center)

Betting Odds: Oklahoma City Thunder -5.5 -- Over/Under: 239 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Sunday in NBA action at the Paycom Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

The Utah Jazz are averaging 117.6 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 117 points on 47.6 percent shooting. Lauri Markkanen is averaging 25.2 points and 8.5 rebounds, while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 20.9 points and 4 rebounds. Collin Sexton is the third double-digit scorer and Kelly Olynyk is dishing 3.3 assists. The Utah Jazz are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 79 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 117.8 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 116.6 points on 47 percent shooting. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 31 points and 5.7 assists, while Josh Giddey is averaging 16.2 points and 5.8 assists. Luguentz Dort is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Williams is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game.

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The Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Thunder are 30-8 ATS in their last 38 Sunday games and 1-3-2 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The under is 5-1 in Jazz last 6 overall. The over is 4-0-1 in Thunder last 5 overall. The Jazz are 7-19-1 ATS in the last 27 meetings in Oklahoma City and 4-13-1 ATS in the last 18 meetings.

This line has flipped a lot with the ruling of Lauri Markkanen being out and the injury to Sexton. Throw in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander being listed as probable, and there's no reason OKC shouldn't win this game comfortably at home. If the Oklahoma City Thunder are serious about getting back in the play-in conversation, these are games they need to win. I'll lay the buckets with the Thunder at home given the injury situation.

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Randy’s Pick Oklahoma City Thunder -5.5

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