Round Table Part II, OKC Thunder – Utah Jazz: x-factors, advantages, predictions

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- DECEMBER 3: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Russell Westbrook
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- DECEMBER 3: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Russell Westbrook /
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OKC Thunder - Utah Jazz
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Question 8:

Who wins the series and in how many games?

Austin Sternlicht:

Thunder in seven. There are going to be some ugly low-scoring games. I expect it to be a long series. In the end however, talent usually ends up winning. The Thunder have the two best players in the series in Westbrook and George. That should be the difference.

Wil Harrington:

I anticipate both teams being very tough to beat at home. Luckily, that gives the OKC Thunder the edge. OKC win the series in six.

Alex Mcewen:

This will be a six-game series, I could see it going either way, but I’ll take the Thunder in six.

Stephen Dolan:

Thunder in 6. Yes, on the road. Go experience, go talent, go Thunder.

Jeremy Lambert:

Since I’m a pessimist, I’ll say Utah in seven.

Sinjin Snope:

I predict that the Oklahoma City Thunder will ultimately beat the Utah Jazz in 6 games. This series will be extremely close, as the Jazz are a cohesive and strong team on the rise. The main reason I think OKC takes it, however, is that they just have too much star power, and I think those stars (Westbrook, George, Adams) will shine brightest in this particular series. Should be a fun and entertaining series.

Tamberlyn Richardson:

Barring no injuries I think the OKC Thunder will benefit from their veteran stars experience to win early and then again late. In other words OKC take series, but this one goes 7.

Noah Schulte:

Utah Jazz, 4-3.

Jordan Buckamneer:

This is OKC’s series to win or lose. Their lone loss to Utah came in early with OKC just figuring out how the OK3 is going to coexist. Should the Thunder revert back to bad habits, Utah has all of the talent necessary to pull off the upset, but Russell Westbrook isn’t the type to give up.

Remember, Russ put the team on his back last season to get the Thunder to the playoffs and will no doubt give that same effort again. This year is different, of course, as he has plenty of talent around him.

Next: ICYMI Round Table Part 1: OK3 Expectations, playoff experience benefit, up or down on first round opponent, Brewer effect

Paul George will continue to be one of the best two-way players in the league and Carmelo Anthony  will catch fire at least one game. In between the highs and lows for OKC, Utah will remain steady. That consistency will land them two wins, but no more, as the Thunder will win the series 4-2.