The Utah Jazz will once again travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder in game 2 of their Western Conference playoff series. The Thunder defeated the Jazz in highly contested game one, winning by a score of 116-108. Oklahoma City is the 4th seed in the Western Conference, while the Utah Jazz are the 5th seed.
Many experts believe that this will be one of the most competitive first round playoff series. The Utah Jazz were dismissed before the season began after trading former star, Gordon Hayward. The Jazz responded by drafting rookie phenom, Donovan Mitchell, and have had a terrific season. The Oklahoma City Thunder created a “Big 3” of their own by adding Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to play alongside MVP Russell Westbrook. The Oklahoma City Thunder are -4 over the Utah Jazz in Game 2.
Oklahoma City’s Roster Was Made For This
Oklahoma City Thunder General Manager, Sam Presti, constructed this roster to be ready for the playoffs. He knew that he needed to get Russell Westbrook some help, so he added George and Anthony to the team. Both players provide scoring and leadership for this Thunder team, and both have plenty of postseason experience. Westbrook is coming off his second straight regular season in which he averaged a triple double.
Paul George wasted very little time in proving to the OKC fans that he is ready for the playoffs. George had a game high 36 points in their series opening win. Westbrook finished game one just two assists shy of racking up a triple double. The Jazz don’t have anyone on their roster that can slow down the athletic Westbrook. Look for Westbrook, George, and Carmelo Anthony to have another great game Wednesday night.
Utah Jazz Need More Players to Score
Donovan Mitchell was ready to go in his first ever career playoff game. The rookie phenom scored 27 points while also grabbing 10 rebounds to lead the Jazz. Unfortunately, Mitchell was the only Jazz player who really played well in game 1. The Jazz did have 7 players score in double figures, but the next highest point total was Rudy Gobert’s 14. The Jazz need to find ways to score points to keep up with the explosive Thunder.
Defensively, the Utah Jazz didn’t seem to have an answer for Russell Westbrook. Westbrook was able to easily split the Jazz defense and either finish at the rim, or find an open teammate. Jazz head coach, Quin Snyder, will have to come up with a new strategy if his team will have any chance of winning game 2.
Thunder Will Roll to Another Win
Perhaps the biggest takeaway from this game is Donovan Mitchell getting banged up in the loss. If Mitchell isn’t close to 100 percent, then the Jazz have very little chance of keeping this game close. The lack of playoff experience seemed to show up in crucial parts of the game for the Jazz. They will need to have role players step up and score in a big way if they want to match the “Big 3” of the Thunder.
The Oklahoma City Thunder fans will be cranked up and ready to go again for game 2. Russell Westbrook and Paul George know that they are the two best players on the floor, and that the Jazz just simply can’t stop them. The Utah Jazz were able to keep game 1 close, but expect Westbrook and the Thunder to roll in game 2. We wanted to give you a game to bet on this week in the NBA Postseason. We have one for you on Wednesday. Bet the Thunder -4 over the Jazz in game 2.