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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz Predictions and Preview for 4/6/2022

Oklahoma City Thunder takes on Utah Jazz on 4/6/2022 at 09:10 PM.

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz face off in an important game for both teams. Oklahoma City Thunder has a record of 24-55 this regular season. Utah Jazz is 47-32 this regular season. Both have players to meet and know.

Oklahoma City Thunder Team Defense Preview




You should not have high expectations considering their defensive efficiency is 111.9, but relatively speaking it is still a rather average defense. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is.

This is a decent defensive team that is able to force some bad shots. Their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim is among the best in the NBA. It is tougher to score at the rim against their defense than much of the NBA.

This is not a team that excels at forcing live ball turnovers. Either the personnel or strategy is not there.

Oklahoma City Thunder Team Offense Preview




They have a completely dreadful offense that makes announcers try to spin things positively and fans cringe. An offensive effiency rating of 104.8 can certainly do that. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just an offensive efficiency rating. This is a team that is basically of average tempo.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .531 which is terrible. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .499, which is terrible. They attempt .422 of their shots from three point range. They fall right around average in the NBA. They made .324 of their shots from three point range. This team is dreadful from beyond the arc, they have shooters, but they need makers. They made .757 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They would be considered below average from the charity stripe.

They have an offensive rebounding rate of 21.9% this season. They are a below average rebounding team.

Utah Jazz Team Defense Preview

Their defensive efficiency is 110.8, which means they have an above average defense relative to other teams in the NBA. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating.

This is a decent defensive team that is able to force some bad shots. Their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim is among the best in the NBA. There is an inconsistent effort to keeping opponents from scoring at the rim though.

Sometimes defenses are very focused on forcing bad shots and getting the defensive rebound. Is there anything to support this? It may be just possible that this is a passive defense.

Utah Jazz Team Offense Preview


Getting excited about an offensive efficiency of 116.5 is going a bit overboard with an above-average offense. And nothing more than that. Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. This is a slower than average team when it comes to the pace of play.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .589 which is considered to be above average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .555, which is considered to be above average. They attempt .469 of their shots from three point range. They take three point shots more than many in the NBA. They made .362 of their shots from three point range. They are a slightly above average three point shooting team. They made .769 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They would be considered below average from the charity stripe.

They successfully retrieved 25.0% of their missed shots. They are a slightly above average rebounding team.

The Oklahoma City Thunder Roster

The Players to Watch for Oklahoma City Thunder

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 6-6 180 PG

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. He is a below average three point shooter. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He sets up his teammates in an above-average fashion. He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Darius Bazley 6-8 208 PF

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. He is a below average three point shooter. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. Fouling him is probably better than letting him get two points on a drive or post-up. The Free Throw Line is an adventure for him and everyone is there to watch.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Josh Giddey 6-8 210 SG

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. He is a below average three point shooter. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is one of the strongest distributors in the NBA. He will be looking to cut down on his turnovers, better decision-making and more alertness on the offensive end should help. On the offensive glass, he is generally average. Nothing stands out.

The Utah Jazz Roster

The Players to Watch for Utah Jazz

Royce O’Neale 6-4 226 SF

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. Three point shooting is an important part of his game. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Donovan Mitchell 6-1 215 SG

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He sets up his teammates in an above-average fashion. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Bojan Bogdanović 6-7 226 PF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder 101 Utah Jazz 105

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