Oklahoma City Thunder (27-13) at Utah Jazz (22-20)
Game Info: Thursday, January 18th, 2024 at 9 p.m. EST (Delta Center)
Betting Odds: Thunder -3.5 (-110) - Over/Under (244)
Pick: Thunder -3.5 (-110)
Thursday night takes us to Salt Lake City where two teams in the Western Conference will face off for the first time this season. As the Oklahoma City Thunder will hit the road to play the Utah Jazz in this game and these two teams are having two very different seasons coming into this matchup on Thursday night. Oklahoma City has been one of the best teams in the NBA throughout the first half of the season and Utah has been hovering along the .500 mark throughout the early part of the year. They should provide us with an entertaining game here on Thursday night as these two teams lock up for the second of four separate times this season.
Oklahoma City is off to a quality start this season and they will look for their 28th victory in their first 41 games of the year where they quality performance here on Thursday night on the road against Utah. Oklahoma City has been in a rebuilding mode over the last several seasons, but they have found the perfect combination for success and they will look to keep the momentum rolling throughout this game on Thursday night. They come into this game sitting near the top of the western conference, and they will look to further move themselves up the standings, with some more successful performances throughout the end of the first half of the regular season.
Oklahoma City will be looking to add to their record with yet another victory here on Thursday night as they look to make a claim as a potential contender to win the NBA championship and a victory in this game would help them accomplish that goal. Shai Gilgeous Alexander has been playing incredible basketball and leading the way for Oklahoma City throughout the first half of the regular season and he will look to keep putting up quality numbers throughout this game as well as he looks too further his own cause of potentially winning the most valuable player award.
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The Utah Jazz came into this season with plenty of expectations, but it has been a long first half of the year for them. They will look to keep things rolling in the right direction and get their 23rd victory of the regular season with a quality performance here at home on Thursday night against Oklahoma City. Utah comes into this game hovering just above the .500 mark through their first 46 games of the regular season and they will look to pick up a statement victory here in this one to put themselves in a position as a potential playoff contender this season. Utah comes into this game with 22 victories and they will look to keep the momentum rolling throughout this game as they look to move up the Western Conference standings with a solid victory here in this one.
Utah is still in the early stages of their rebuild and they likely have a long way to go if their play this season is evident of their future performance. They are currently sitting just outside of a playoff spot at ninth in the western conference and they will look to move back into postseason range with a quality performance here in this game against Oklahoma City on Thursday night at home. Despite the slow start of the season, Utah is picking it up as of late as they come into this game on a six game winning streak, and they have won nine out of their last 10 games on the season as well. They have already played Oklahoma City once this season, but they were unable to pick up the victory on the road and they will hope to reverse the roles and pick up a victory at home here in this one.
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- OKC is 19-6 as a favorite
- OKC is 11-8 on the road
- Utah is 4-5 in the division
I expect this to be a close and competitive game between these two solid teams but in the end I do look for Oklahoma City to pick up their second victory over Utah this season. As I look for Oklahoma City to have a similar game plan as they did the last time these two teams met and run the show through SGA and pick up a much-needed victory here in this game to snap Utah’s six game-winning streak. I can easily see this game going down to the wire but in the end I still look for the Oklahoma City Thunder to pick up the victory over Utah and a close and competitive matchup.As always, get our VIP Pick Free Tonight by Clicking Here!