Thunder at Jazz 12/22/18 - NBA Picks & Predictions

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Last Updated: 08/07/2019 at 1:12 PM ET

The Oklahoma City Thunder look for a second straight victory on Saturday when they visit the Utah Jazz. The Thunder defeated Sacramento 132-113 on Wednesday night as Paul George scored 43 points, Russell Westbrook posted another triple-double, and Steven Adams pulled down 23 rebounds to establish a personal record.

Utah will be playing the back half of a back to back on Saturday after facing the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday. Utah defeated the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday 108-103. The Jazz were led by Joe Ingles with 20 points and Rudy Gobert who scored 17 points and pulled down 15 rebounds. The Jazz won despite shooting just 39.8% from the field and committing 16 turnovers to just 12 by Golden State. Paul George is the leading scorer for the Thunder averaging 25.5 points per game. Russell Westbrook is the second leading scorer and leader in rebounds and assists with averages of 20.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game. The Thunder is shooting 45.6% from the field and 32.6% from 3-point territory.

Donovan Mitchell leads the Jazz in scoring with an average of 20.9 points per game. The leading rebounder is Rudy Gobert with an average of 12.4 per game, while Ricky Rubio is the leader in assists with an average of 6.1 per game. As a team, Utah is shooting 45.8% from the field and 33.5% from 3-point territory.

Oklahoma City is gelling into a true contender in the West. With Paul George and Russell Westbrook the Thunder have a very strong offense and the defense is beginning to take shape. Utah has failed to cover 8 of its last 10 playing the second half of a back-to-back. Final Score Prediction, Oklahoma City Thunder win and cover ATS 110-106.

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