Thunder vs Jazz Prediction NBA Picks Free 3/20

Thunder vs Jazz Prediction NBA Picks Free 3/20

© Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

 

Jazz vs. Thunder Preview - Prediction KingPin Pro

Oklahoma City, OK; March 20, 2024, 5:00 p.m. CST

 

Game Odds

Odds by ESPN BET

Time Spread Total ML
5:00 PM -14.5 (-115) o232.5 (-110) -1400
- +14.5 (-105) u232.5 (-110) +750

 

Game Overview

The Utah Jazz (29-39) face off against the Oklahoma City Thunder (47-20) on March 20, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. CST. With the Thunder aiming to extend their winning streak to three games and the Jazz desperate to snap a seven-game road skid, this matchup promises high intensity and dramatic moments.

The Paycom Center in Oklahoma City will be buzzing as these Western Conference rivals clash. Let's delve into team statistics, player performances, injury updates, and a final prediction.

 

Team Statistics

Utah Jazz

The Jazz, led by standout performances from Lauri Markkanen and John Collins, have struggled on the road lately, but their offensive firepower cannot be underestimated. However, injuries to key players like Markkanen and Jordan Clarkson have weakened their lineup, affecting their performance.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Meanwhile, the Thunder boast an impressive record at home, powered by the stellar play of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. With a deep roster and a strong defensive presence, the Thunder have dominated opponents on their home court, making them formidable contenders in any matchup.

 

Injuries and Player Matchups

Injuries could play a crucial role in determining the outcome of this game.

Utah Jazz

The Jazz will be without key players like Lauri Markkanen and Jordan Clarkson, significantly impacting their offensive and defensive strategies. John Collins' availability remains uncertain, further complicating matters for the struggling Jazz.

Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder have a clean injury report, allowing them to field their best lineup against the depleted Jazz. With Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leading the charge, supported by a healthy roster, the Thunder have a significant advantage heading into this matchup.

 

Recent Performances

Utah Jazz

The Jazz have endured a challenging road trip, suffering consecutive losses and struggling to find rhythm without key players. Their recent defeats underscore the importance of Markkanen and Clarkson to their success.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Conversely, the Thunder have been dominant at home, securing impressive victories against tough opponents. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's stellar performances have been instrumental in their recent success, instilling confidence in the team's ability to maintain momentum.

 

Prediction

Considering the current circumstances, the Oklahoma City Thunder are poised to secure victory and cover the -14.5 points spread against the depleted Utah Jazz. With key players missing for the Jazz and a healthy roster for the Thunder, the odds heavily favor Oklahoma City.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's exceptional scoring ability and leadership, coupled with the Thunder's formidable defense, are likely to overwhelm the struggling Jazz. The absence of key contributors like Lauri Markkanen and Jordan Clarkson significantly weakens Utah's chances of mounting a competitive challenge.

While NBA games can be unpredictable, the Thunder's recent form, combined with the Jazz's road woes and injury setbacks, make a convincing case for Oklahoma City to secure a commanding victory and cover the spread.

Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder -14.5

```

Winnings $118,288
last 30 days winnings ($4,990)
Yesterday winnings $0
Top Sport NBA
W-L-D 1430 - 1278 - 29
Winnings % 52%
Winnings $95,830
last 30 days winnings $8,110
Yesterday winnings ($2,000)
Top Sport MLB
W-L-D 587 - 354 - 10
Winnings % 61%