We brought home a nice winner for our SportsbookRoom.com audience last night as the LA Lakers get the outright win and cover against the Boston Celtics getting +3 ½ points. Tonight we will produce a winner with our NBA best bet as the Oklahoma City Thunder travel to battle the Utah Jazz on Friday night. This is a watch and wager opportunity as the Thunder and Jazz will tip it off from Utah at 10:30PM Eastern Time with ESPN providing the national television broadcast. With our top NBA pick for Friday we will play on the Utah Jazz +1 ½ points against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The current odds of Utah +1 ½ points were taken from Oddsmaker sportsbook.
The current odds opened up in this game with the Oklahoma City Thunder lined as a -2 point road favorite and a total of 203 points. Early money has found its way on the home underdog as OKC has been bet down to as low as a -1 point favorite at some properties but Oddsmaker and Top Bet has them lined currently as -1 ½ point favorite. The total in the game has been bet down to 201 points. Those betting the Oklahoma City Thunder on the money line will lay -110 odds. Betting the Utah Jazz on the money line will return you +100 odds for your wager.
The Oklahoma City Thunder will end this long five game road trip tonight. Eight of their past nine games have been on the highway. This is a very difficult spot for the Thunder tonight as they play the back end of a back to back as well as their sixth game in eight nights. Make matters worse for OKC is the fact they must play in high altitude in Utah. The Jazz will be well rested having last played on Tuesday night at Indiana. The issue facing the Thunder is the fact they get the majority of their offense from three players in Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden. In this spot you will not get your best from these three. Harden is a jump shooter and Durant likes to launch three’s and it’s the jump shots that don’t fall in fatigue situations. Last night the Thunder was playing their fifth game in seven nights and dropped a 106-101 road decision. They committed 23 turnovers and were outscored by seven points in the fourth quarter in defeat to the Kings.
Utah has played well on their home court with an 11-4 record season to date. They have put up points at home this year averaging 99 points and a very good 46.3% shooting in those fifteen games. Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson give Utah some strong presence around the paint as the team usually takes high percentage shots. The Jazz rebounders will have much more fresher legs and will get to more loose balls tonight that will give Utah more offensive possessions in this game. A good sign for our cause on the Jazz tonight is the fact that OKC lost the rebounding battle to bad rebounding team in a fatigue spot at Golden St on this trip and last night the Kings grabbed six more boards than the Thunder.