Thunder vs Jazz Prediction NBA Picks 1/18/24

Utah Jazz (22-20) vs Oklahoma City Thunder (27-13)

Game Info: Thursday, January 18, 2024 at 9:00 pm (Delta Center)

Betting Odds: Utah Jazz +3.5 -- Over/Under: 246.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Oklahoma City Thunder need a win after splitting their last 8 games. The Utah Jazz are riding a 6-game winning streak. Let’s preview this game and give out a Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz prediction.

Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Preview

The Oklahoma City Thunder are coming off losses to the Lakers and Clippers. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 121.9 points on 50.5 percent shooting and allowing 113.4 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 31 points and 6.3 assists, while Jalen Williams is averaging 18.6 points and 4.1 rebounds. Chet Holmgren is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Giddey is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 39.1 percent from beyond the arc and 83.9 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.1 rebounds per game. The Thunder will face the Timberwolves after this one.

Oklahoma City Thunder Player Facts

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ranks 1st amongst qualified players for steals per game (2.3) this season.
  • Chet Holmgren is one of only four qualified players in the league averaging at least 1.5 threes and 1.5 blocks this season.

Utah Jazz Betting Preview

The Utah Jazz beat the 76ers, Bucks, Nuggets, Raptors, Lakers, and Pacers during this streak. The Utah Jazz are averaging 116.8 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 118.2 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Lauri Markkanen is averaging 24 points and 8.8 rebounds, while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 17.9 points and 3.6 rebounds. Collin Sexton is the third double-digit scorer and John Collins is grabbing 7.7 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 82.4 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 37.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.6 rebounds per game.

Utah Jazz Player Facts

  • Lauri Markkanen ranks 1st amongst qualified Centers for three-pointers made Per Game (3.2) this season.
  • Collin Sexton ranks 11th amongst qualified players for FT% (89.5%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Jazz rank 30th in the league for turnovers per game this season (16.1).
  • The Jazz rank 1st in the league for Q4 win percentage this season (61.9%).
  • The Thunder rank 1st in the league for opponent turnovers per game this season (15.8).
  • The Thunder rank 1st in the league for free throw percentage this season (83.9%).

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz prediction

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been cash cows for us all season, and I'm not thrilled to step in front of their 26-14 ATS record. However, the Jazz has made us money left and right over the last month, and oddsmakers keep throwing them out in the underdog role. Also remember that the Jazz aren't on the end of a back to back, as their game against the Warriors was postponed. The Jazz have won 6 straight games, and they've covered 8 of their last 10 games. I'll keep backing the Jazz as underdogs as the money is piling up.

Randy’s Pick Utah Jazz +3.5

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