When a series is tied, Game 3 is normally the pivot point of a series. This is likely the case for Oklahoma City and Utah, with each trying to snag the upper hand on Saturday night.
Coming into this Western Conference 4-seed vs. 5-seed series, many of those making NBA picks saw the potential of an upset with Utah, who finished the regular season furiously. Oklahoma City had the stars, but the Jazz was in great harmony with a 17-4 close (12-9 ATS).
The Thunder’s stars did most of the damage in the Game 1 victory, but after a 19-0 third quarter run in Game 2, Oklahoma City’s power trio barely made noise late and Utah stole the second game to square the series.
With a series shift to Utah, the NBA odds have the Jazz as a four-point favorite with a total of 207. ESPN will televise this tilt at 10:05 Eastern and here are the particulars of this contest.
As opposed to the series opener, Oklahoma City did not play with the same enthusiasm and temperament in the following contest. They trailed by seven at the half, but in the third quarter OKC went on a ridiculous 19-0 run to grab the lead and looked like a runaway winner, being up 10 points. Then, the Thunder went cold, colder than John Cena cold (ask his former fiancé). Superstars Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony were a collective Zero-for-14 in the fourth quarter, at home no less.