Basketball betting fans may be surprised to find that the Utah Jazz are still very much in Western Conference online basketball betting playoff contention despite a tumultuous season.
The Oklahoma City Thunder will host the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night in a critically important Western Conference matchup that has significant playoff implications for both teams. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this matchup so be sure and have your account open and ready today! Tipoff time is set for 8 PM ET.
Utah has been in turmoil for most of the season and it climaxed with the resignation of long time coach Jerry Sloan last month.
The Jazz have not played any better without Sloan but were hanging around the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a NBA basketball betting record of 36-33 straight up and a poor 29-39-1 against the spread to rank as one of the worst values on the board.
Utah paid out in just 15 of 34 away games and went over the total in 22 of their 34 games away from home. The Jazz got the money in just 2 out of 10 games from February 26 through March 16 while going over the total in 8 of those games.
Utah ranked 19th in the NBA for scoring defense and was ranked 11th for scoring offense. Al Jefferson led the Jazz with 19 points per game and he was also the team’s leading rebounder with 9.5 per outing.
Oklahoma City had a NBA sports betting record of 45-23 straight up and was 37-31 against the spread. The Thunder paid out in 18 out of 33 home games while going over the total 21 times as a host.
The Thunder won 6 consecutive games from March 9 through March 18 and paid out in all of those wins as well. Kevin Durant continues to prove himself as a dominant superstar on offense with a team leading 28 points per game.
Utah has paid out in 3 of their last 4 visits to Oklahoma City as the series has gone over the basketball betting total in the last 2 matchups at OKC.