Utah Jazz (42-23) at Oklahoma City Thunder (40-24)
Saturday, August 01, 2020 at 3:30 pm
*4 Star Play on Thunder* The Utah Jazz have plenty of issues right now. Bogdanovic is the team's second leading scorer and he is out with an injury. The Jazz don't really have many good backup scoring options to fill this role. Jordan Clarkson put up 23 points last game, but he hasn't shown himself to be reliable for anything like that on a regular basis. The team has been having team chemistry issues as well with Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell.
Utah was very fortunate to beat New Orleans in their first game back on Thursday night. The Pelicans were poorly coached in that game, and the youngsters from New Orleans handed away that game in the fourth quarter.
Oklahoma City is a much more veteran team than New Orleans, and the Thunder have already shown they can beat the Jazz. In fact, the Thunder have beaten Utah twice this year and both of those games were in Salt Lake City.
I don't think the Thunder will fold like New Orleans did late in the game. Oklahoma City matches up well with Utah because of their length and speed. The Thunder are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Utah.
Take Oklahoma City.