Oklahoma City Thunder Favored Over Utah Jazz On Friday Night NBA Action
The team with the best record in the NBA takes the court on Friday night in prime time on national television, when the Oklahoma City Thunder visit the Utah Jazz.
The Thunder are coming off of a rare loss this season, and will look to rebound on the road against a good Utah team.
Oklahoma City (20-6) is 2-2 on their five-game road trip, ending tonight with the Jazz.
Utah (13-11) has had some struggled themselves, losing four of their last five games. But the Jazz have played well at home, going 11-4 on the season.
The Jazz dropped to the Indiana Pacers in their last outing, on the road.
“On the road, you just can’t afford dig yourselves a hole like we did,” Utah head coach Tyrone Corbin said. “You spend so much energy trying to get back. We did take a lead, which is a positive, we just didn’t make the plays at the end.”
Oklahoma City has owned the series with Utah of late, winning three-straight and six of the last eight overall.
The Thunder lost to the Sacramento Kings in their last game 106-101, blowing an eight-point lead late in the fourth quarter.
“We had a good lead and in the last five or six minutes we’ve been good all season,” Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said. “But the turnovers hit us (Thursday). We played with good effort, but we didn’t play with a controlled effort.”
Now, the thunder look to rebound and move forward.
“It was a tough loss, but we have to move on,” leading-scorer and all-Star selection Kevin Durant said. “We have a game (Friday in Utah), and we can’t harp on this one.”
Durant has had success against the Jazz, averaging 31.3 points per game in his last seven match ups with Utah.
NBA Betting Odds Have set the Thunder as four-point favorites on the road over the Jazz at Bovada Sportsbook.
This will be the first of two games played between these teams in close proximity, with the Jazz traveling to Oklahoma City on Tuesday of next week.
The thunder and Jazz tip off at 10:30pm ET, with coverage on ESPN.