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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 10/23/2019Line$ LineOU LineScore




OKLAHOMA CITY (50 - 37) at UTAH (51 - 36)
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Wednesday, 10/23/2019 9:05 PM
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OKLAHOMA CITY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games50-37-36.444-4341-44113.956.645.3%57.1111.155.945.9%54.9
Road Games22-22-11.922-2219-24113.756.945.5%56.8112.557.446.2%55.3
Last 5 Games1-4-4.42-32-3105.251.444.0%52.6111.051.644.7%56.0
Division Games10-11-8.99-1211-10113.256.045.8%54.7114.556.046.0%56.3
OKLAHOMA CITY Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)113.956.642-9445.3%11-3334.7%18-2571.6%571223239145
vs opponents surrendering111.35641-8946.0%11-3235.5%18-2376.8%531024218135
Team Stats (Road Games)113.756.943-9445.5%11-3333.4%17-2471.6%571323239145
Stats Against (All Games)111.155.941-8945.9%11-3235.8%18-2476.3%551024238165
vs opponents averaging111.35641-8946.0%11-3235.5%18-2377.1%541024218135
Stats Against (Road Games)112.557.441-8946.2%11-3136.0%19-2575.7%551025228155

UTAH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games51-36-28.646-3940-45110.954.846.4%56.0106.551.445.1%50.9
Home Games30-13-10.622-2019-24112.257.646.5%57.9104.451.143.5%50.3
Last 5 Games1-4-3.22-30-397.847.640.0%58.0107.054.443.5%53.8
Division Games8-8-3.28-87-9113.054.546.7%55.9110.453.846.9%52.6
UTAH Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)110.954.840-8646.4%12-3435.0%19-2673.7%561026218156
vs opponents surrendering111.256.141-8946.1%11-3235.3%18-2376.8%541125218145
Team Stats (Home Games)112.257.640-8646.5%13-3636.0%19-2673.6%581126218156
Stats Against (All Games)106.551.440-8845.1%10-2935.5%17-2275.3%51921229135
vs opponents averaging111.256.141-8945.9%12-3335.4%18-2376.7%531024218135
Stats Against (Home Games)104.451.138-8843.5%10-2934.6%18-2377.4%50921239134
Average power rating of opponents played: OKLAHOMA CITY 96.1,  UTAH 96
OKLAHOMA CITY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/23/2019@ UTAH              
10/27/2019GOLDEN STATE              
10/28/2019@ HOUSTON              
11/2/2019NEW ORLEANS              
11/7/2019@ SAN ANTONIO              

UTAH - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/23/2019OKLAHOMA CITY              
10/25/2019@ LA LAKERS              
10/28/2019@ PHOENIX              
10/30/2019LA CLIPPERS              
11/1/2019@ SACRAMENTO              
11/3/2019@ LA CLIPPERS              
OKLAHOMA CITY: LAST SEASON: 49-33, lost 4-1 to Portland in Western Conference first round.
COACH: Billy Donovan (fifth season, 199-129).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Chris Paul (15.6 ppg with Houston), G Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (10.8 with Los Angeles Clippers), F Danilo Gallinari (19.8 with Clippers), F Andre Roberson (5.0), C Steven Adams (13.9).
KEY LOSSES: G Russell Westbrook, F Paul George, G Jerami Grant, F Markieff Morris, F Patrick Patterson.
KEY ADDITIONS: Paul, Gilgeous-Alexander, Gallinari, Darius Bazley, Justin Patton, Mike Muscala. PLAYERS TO WATCH: Even though the Thunder will be widely expected to struggle this season, the backcourt of Paul and Gilgeous-Alexander ' assuming health ' is certainly good enough to help Oklahoma City contend for a postseason berth. It'll be interesting to see if Paul is energized by the trade, Gilgeous-Alexander is a budding young talent and Gallinari (coming off his best scoring season) is a veteran presence who fits very nicely into today's perimeter-based NBA game.
OUTLOOK: The Thunder went all-in on title-chasing in recent years, and now they're all-in on a reset after trading away Westbrook and George. But this isn't anywhere near a tank; there are plenty of good players on the Thunder roster, and GM Sam Presti has accumulated more than a dozen first-round picks over the next seven years to play with if he's inclined to make a big move. If they can trade Paul, which may still be an option despite the veteran's massive $44 million player option for the 2021-22 season, that would only add more pieces to Presti's plan for an OKC reload.

Because of this important information, no power rating or computer score edges are posted for this game.

UTAH: LAST SEASON: 50-32, lost 4-1 to Houston in Western Conference first round.
COACH: Quin Snyder (sixth season, 227-183).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Mike Conley (21.1 ppg), G Donovan Mitchell (23.8), F Bojan Bogdanovic. (18.0), F Joe Ingles (12.1), C Rudy Gobert (15.9)
KEY LOSSES: F/C Derrick Favors, G Ricky Rubio, F Jae Crowder, G Kyle Korver.
KEY ADDITIONS: Conley, Bogdanovic, F Jeff Green, C Ed Davis, G Emmanuel Mudiay.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: All eyes will be on Mitchell to see if he can emerge as a true All-Star this season. The third-year guard, who averaged at least 20 points in each of his first two seasons, won't have to shoulder as big of a load in creating the offense with Conley now sharing the backcourt. Gobert is a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and will anchor one of the league's best defenses again. He posted career-highs in points (15.9) and rebounds (12.9) per game a year ago. Bogdanovic adds a valuable shooter on the wing with Ingles that should give the Jazz an improved outside scoring punch. He shot a career-high 42.5 percent from 3-point range last season.
OUTLOOK: The Jazz are well positioned to take a step forward and become a Western Conference title contender. Conley gives Utah a veteran point guard who is a legit scoring threat in addition to a strong passer. Bogdanovic and Green will also shore up shooting and help Conley take away some of the pressure from Ingles and Mitchell to get it all done on offense. Utah's fortunes, ultimately, will rise and fall on the continued progression of the central star duo of Mitchell and Gobert. If the Jazz offense can catch up to the team's elite defense this season, few teams will be able hang with Utah as the season progresses.
Jazz, Thunder open season with new looks

Wednesday's season opener in Salt Lake City between the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder will feature a pair of teams with revamped rosters trending in different directions.

The Jazz bolstered its lineup by adding veterans Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic and Jeff Green to a talented core.

Utah coach Quin Snyder said the team wouldn't look like a finished product for a while.

"You have architectural plans, you have soil samples and you do all the things you do to prepare to build," Snyder told reporters. "Then once you start the actual building process, you have to access the raw materials, (but) they may be in short supply ... there is weather and so many different things.

"We have great plans (and) as far as implementing and evolving as a team, that analogy is a pretty good one because we're not going to become who we are overnight. That's the nature of building."

The Thunder went a different direction.

The season opener will mark the first game since the franchise moved to Oklahoma City 11 years ago without Russell Westbrook on the roster.

The Thunder's overhaul included not only trading Westbrook to Houston for Chris Paul, but also shipping Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers and Jerami Grant to the Denver Nuggets.

Paul has spent the last two seasons on a championship-contending team in Houston. Now, he's a part of a group that figures to be fighting to make the playoffs in a best-case scenario.

"I'm excited about our team," Paul said. "We're going to go out to win every single night. ... I'm excited about what we have."

After back-to-back fifth-place finishes in the Western Conference to begin his career, Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is ready to go with the reworked roster that looks better built for a deep playoff run.

"It's great to get the season going," Mitchell told reporters. "We have things we obviously need to work on that stood out (in the preseason) but it's here and I'm excited."

Jazz guard Dante Exum has been dealing with a nagging knee injury that will keep him out of the season opener.

Oklahoma City's Andre Roberson will miss the game. He hasn't appeared in a game since January 2018, when he suffered a ruptured patellar tendon.

Roberson participated in practice recently but there's no timetable for his return to action.

The game also is Oklahoma City's first trip to Utah since last March, when Westbrook was involved in a high-profile altercation with a Jazz fan, who was subsequently banned from the arena for life.

In part in reaction to that incident, the league issued an updated code of conduct for fans that forbids a wide range of abusive or degrading language.

"I think the league has probably heard from the players in certain situations," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. "It's unfortunate that it happened, but it does happen. It just seems like the league is trying to take a stand on making sure that the environment is safe for these guys to play in and people can enjoy the game."

--Field Level Media

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