Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder 2/22/19: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds

Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder Preview

The Jazz will enter Oklahoma City tonight sitting as the 6th seed in the Western Conference. Oklahoma City will look to continue their dominance at home, where they are 20-7. The Thunder and Jazz both got hot before the break, but Oklahoma City has had the upper hand in the series taking the first two games. Paul George has been an MVP caliber player this season, averaging 28.7 points per game. Donovan Mitchell will look to match the scoring, averaging 22.4 points per game on the season.

Utah is going to be in some crucial games down the stretch, and it starts tonight. The 6-10 seeds are all separated by just a few games, and both Los Angeles and Sacramento will be looking to make a playoff push. Markieff Morris signed recently to the Oklahoma City Thunder, but he is questionable with a neck injury. Jerami Grant and Dennis Schroder are both probable for tonight after missing a few games. This is also the second game on ESPN‘s Friday night doubleheader. Buckle up and enjoy.

TV Schedule

Date: 02/22/19
Time: 9:30 pm ET
Arena: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
Channel: ESPN

Utah Jazz Starting Lineup

PGDonovan Mitchell
SGRoyce O'Neale
SFJoe Ingles
PFDerrick Favors
CRudy Gobert

Jazz Analysis

Utah JazzUtah’s plan for the second half should be to deliver consistent scoring. In wins they are averaging 116 points per game, and losses they are averaging 100 points per game. We also have a meeting of two top defensive centers in Steven Adams and Rudy Gobert. Adams has had his way in the first two meetings, and surprisingly a lot of centers have produced big games against Gobert. While Adams isn’t a focal point for the Jazz defense, he has been a secondary piece that pushes the Thunder to wins.

If the Jazz plan on staying in the playoff picture, Ricky Rubio and Donovan Mitchell will need to pick up their game in the backcourt. Rubio has played better on the road this season, and in two meetings has averaged nine assists against OKC. Derrick Favors has been an overlooked factor for the Jazz this season, averaging 11 and 7 in limited minutes. He has averaged 14-4-2 in two meetings against the Thunder.

Utah is below .500 on the road this season, and tonight is going to be a tough task coming out of the gates for the second half. The Thunder have shot 50 and 47% in the first two meetings, and defensively they will need to pick things up if they want to steal one on the road.

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Oklahoma City Thunder Starting Lineup

PGRussell Westbrook
SGDennis Schroeder
SFTerrance Ferguson
PFJerami Grant
CSteven Adams

Thunder Analysis

Oklahoma City ThunderDespite Russell Westbrook’s efficiency issues this season, he is still a walking triple-double, averaging 21-11-11 on the year. He has really struggled in the two meetings against Utah this season, going 7-35 from the field, and 0-9 from deep. He has come close to averaging a triple-double still, but the scoring hasn’t been there. Paul George has been the one to do damage against the Jazz this season, averaging 37-8-4 with 4.5 steals per game in the two meetings. George has also shot 66% from the field, and 63% from three.

The front court has had their way with Utah this season, as Jerami Grant and Steven Adams both go as one of the more underrated front courts. Adams has averaged 18 and 8 in the two meetings, as Grant averaged 14 and 5 with 1.5 blocks per game.

Terrence Ferguson had seen a bump in minutes prior to the break, but hasn’t played over 20 against Utah. Ferguson won’t be a high usage option on the team, but it has given some consistency at the position. Utah ranks 4th in defensive efficiency against shooting guards this season.

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Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Odds

The Thunder are 4.5 favorites, which has gone up a point since opening. The over/under is 226, which is one of the higher totals on the night. The Jazz are 14-14 ATS on the road this season, while the Thunder are 16-0-11 at home ATS.

In the last two meetings, they have split on the over/under. Sitting at 226, this is a tricky one to tackle because both teams can be horrendous shooting at times. Both teams are top ten in pace which is a plus if you are looking to take the over.

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DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Picks

It is hard to ignore the obvious, as Paul George has dominated Utah, as mentioned above. Utah ranks 16th in defensive efficiency against SF, and George has been outstanding from a fantasy aspect. Steven Adams is a solid mid-range center to use tonight. The Rudy Gobert matchup hasn’t been tough on him, and Utah is allowing league average fantasy points to opposing centers.

Donovan Mitchell hasn’t had stellar games, but is a tournament play to consider. He leads the Jazz in scoring and usage, while OKC is allowing the fourth most fantasy points per game to opposing SG. He would be more of a contrarian piece on a side that shouldn’t get much attention.

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