Utah Jazz vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 3/20/2024 Preview and Pick

Utah Jazz vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 3/20/2024 Preview and Pick

Game: Utah Jazz vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Location: Paycom Center in Oklahoma City, OK

TV: Bally Sports Oklahoma

Paycom Center is where the Oklahoma City Thunder (47-20) will take on the Utah Jazz (29-39) on Wednesday.

The Jazz took the court against the Timberwolves and took a loss by a score of 114-104 in their last contest. When discussing personal fouls, the Jazz ended up finishing with 13 while the Timberwolves totaled 15 personal fouls. They made 16 of 41 shots from three-point range. Minnesota finished the game shooting 83.3% when shooting free throws by knocking down 10 of 12 attempts. Additionally, Minnesota collected 35 boards (12 offensive, 23 defensive) and had 3 rejections. Minnesota totaled 27 assists and had 9 steals in the game. With respect to defending, Utah allowed the other team to go 48.4% from the floor on 44 of 91 shooting. They also doled out 25 assists for this contest as well as forcing 9 turnovers and getting 6 steals. In relation to rebounding, they earned 47 with 14 of them being on the offensive end. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Jazz converted 12 of their 14 attempts for a percentage of 85.7%. Utah finished the game with a 46.4% field goal percentage (39 out of 84) and buried 14 out of their 32 three-point shots.

Collin Sexton is a player who was a contributor in the matchup. He had 24 points on 9 of 17 shooting. He saw the court for 37 minutes and pulled down 1 board. Sexton shot 52.9% from the floor and earned 2 assists.

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Utah enters this game with a record of 29-39 for the year. They turn the ball over 15.6 times per game and as a group they commit 18.9 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Utah is snagging 46.2 boards per contest and has accounted for 1,900 assists for the year, which is 9th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. The Jazz are shooting 36.0% on shots from beyond the arc (901 of 2,503) and 82.7% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 117.2 pts per game (10th in the league) while connecting on 47.0% from the floor.

When they are on defense, the Jazz have forced 12.3 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.4 personal fouls. They are surrendering 39.8% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 27th in the NBA in points per game allowed (120.6). The Jazz defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 48.5% (3,026 of 6,238) and they concede 41.9 rebounds per game as a group. They currently rank 29th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 2,013 conceded on the campaign.

For their last game, the Thunder went home victorious with a score of 118-112 when they faced the Grizzlies. The Thunder earned 37 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 45 for the matchup. They also turned it over 11 times, while earning 7 steals in the game. The Grizzlies had 20 personal fouls for this game which got the Thunder to the charity stripe for a total of 21 tries. They were able to convert 16 of those for a percentage of 76.2%. In regard to 3-point attempts, Oklahoma City converted 12 out of 35 tries (34.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Thunder finished the game shooting 45 for 87 from the field which gave them a rate of 51.7%. The Thunder permitted the Grizzlies to convert 37 of 81 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 45.7% in this matchup. They finished 40.9% from three-point range by hitting 18 out of 44 and finished the contest at 20 of 26 at the free throw line (76.9%). When talking about team rebounding, Oklahoma City allowed Memphis to grab 36 overall (7 offensive).

Jalen Williams was important for the Thunder in the game. Williams recorded 23 points in his 35 minutes of playing time and earned 6 dimes in this matchup. He knocked down 9 out of 17 in the matchup for a rate of 52.9%, and accumulated 7 rebounds.

Oklahoma City has a record of 47-20 on the year. As an offense, the Thunder are shooting 50.0% from the floor, which has them ranked 2nd in the league. Oklahoma City has scored 8,089 pts for the season (120.7 per contest) and they pull in 41.7 rebounds per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 26.9 times per contest (12th in the NBA) and they turn the ball over 12.4 times per contest. The Thunder are committing 19.3 fouls per contest and they hit 83.2% from the charity stripe.

The Oklahoma City defense surrenders 36.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter (903 of 2,475) and opponents are connecting on 78.5% of their free throw shots. They surrender 27.0 assists and 44.8 total boards per game, which has them ranked 19th and 24th in the league. The Thunder on defense are ranked 13th in the league in PPG given up with 113.1. They are able to force 15.7 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.4% from the floor (3rd in the NBA).

Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?

Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Oklahoma City

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