The Utah Jazz have lost five straight affairs, while holding on to cash tickets at 4-1 ATS.
Jazz, Favors fall in Dallas
Utah’s latest defeat came in Friday’s 103-93 setback to the Dallas Mavericks, collecting as a 10 ½-point underdog. The Jazz trailed by as many as 28 points, while giving up 50.7 percent field shooting.
Jazz mates Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward notched 13 points each, with Favors adding a team-high eight boards. Utah’s Diante Garrett logged eight assists in 16 minutes off the bench, while Marvin Williams drilled 3-of-6 buckets beyond the arc.
The contest’s combined 196 points dipped below the ‘total’ of 202 ½, with Utah outrebounded by a 41-31 margin. Jazz forward Jeremy Evans notched 14 points in a 7-for-7 night from the floor, while coming away with two of his side’s six blocks.
Thunder hold off Clippers
Oklahoma City notched a third straight victory with Thursday’s 105-91 triumph over the Los Angeles Clippers, cashing as 5 ½-point home ‘chalk.’ The Thunder outscored Los Angeles in all four quarters, while edging the Clippers in paint points, 58-32.
Thunder forward Kevin Durant piled in 28 points and eight assists, while uniting with mate Russell Westbrook for a dozen boards. Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka logged three blocks en route to 17 points, with veterans Derek Fisher and Nick Collison grabbing two steals each.
The Thunder connected field buckets at a 51.9 percent clip, while sinking 19-of-29 free throws. Westbrook went 0-for-6 from three-point land, while the matchup’s 196 points plunged UNDER the betting odds ‘total’ of 212.
Back the OVER in OKC
Oklahoma City opened as a 14 ½-point favorite at Bet365, while the ‘total’ was first posted at 197 ½. The Thunder has two days off before hosting the San Antonio Spurs, while Utah will have no rest before Monday’s home affair with the Chicago Bulls.
I am adding the OVER in this duel to Sunday’s sports picks, feeling the ‘total’ has been set too low here.
Oklahoma City has put up 107.2 PPG at home, with the OVER cashing at 3-2 in the span’s five dates. The Thunder have shot 46.9 percent from their floor, while Kevin Durant remains the league’s top scorer at 29.5 PPG.
Utah has played some soft defense on the road, giving up 106.2 PPG through its last four affairs in opposing venues. The Jazz have had their own scoring begin to rise, with the first pair games in this road trip being two of the team’s top three efforts of the year.
October’s most recent duel between these foes saw OVER backers collect in a 101-98 road win for Oklahoma City. The Thunder were without Russell Westbrook in that affair, which should rise the team’s octane even further here. Utah saw six members of its roster reach double figures, including a season-high 24 points from guard Alec Burks.
Look the OVER to collect again here, adding to the wager’s 4-1 mark in Oklahoma City’s last five games that followed a victory.
Free Pick: OVER 197 ½ at Bet365