Thunder vs Jazz Prediction - NBA Picks 4/6/23

Utah Jazz (36-43) vs Oklahoma City Thunder (38-42)

Game Info: Thursday, April 6, 2023 at 9:00 pm (Vivint Arena)

Betting Odds: Utah Jazz +5.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 117.6 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 116.8 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 31.4 points and 5.4 assists, while Josh Giddey is averaging 16.6 points and 6.1 assists. Jalen Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Luguentz Dort is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80.9 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.5 rebounds per game.

The Utah Jazz are averaging 117.3 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 118 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Lauri Markkanen is averaging 25.6 points and 8.6 rebounds, while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 20.8 points and 4 rebounds. Collin Sexton is the third double-digit scorer and Kelly Olynyk is dishing 3.6 assists. The Utah Jazz are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.7 rebounds per game.

The Thunder are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games and 0-8 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Jazz are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The over is 9-2 in Thunder last 11 Thursday games. The over is 12-3-1 in Jazz last 16 overall. The Thunder are 6-2-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Utah and 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

The Oklahoma City Thunder should be favored for obvious reasons, as they're playing the better ball and have more to play for as they're fighting with the Mavericks for that last seed to the play-in tournament. However, OKC is hit or miss, not covering numbers lately and is actually losing its last 5 games by an average of 5.4 points. We also can't ignore the Jazz aren't eliminated from playoff contention just yet, so I don't expect them to just roll over. Give me the home dog.

Randy’s Pick Utah Jazz +5.5

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