Tip-Off: 7 PM CT

Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, OK)

Television: FSOK

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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The Thunder has not looked all that impressive over the last couple of games, but winning both in the clutch is a stark improvement over recent results. Oklahoma City will look to continue making improvements tonight as they take on the Utah Jazz, who are riding a six-game winning streak. Last night, the Jazz destroyed the Washington Wizards 116-69.

While Utah has been hot lately, all but one of those wins has come at home. The Jazz have not been that great on the road this season (2-7), while the Thunder has been pretty solid in Oklahoma City (8-3). Both of these teams have lackluster offenses who rely on their defensive pressure to win games, so expect a grueling matchup tonight.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Russell Westbrook
  • SG: Andre Roberson
  • SF: Paul George
  • PF: Carmelo Anthony
  • C: Steven Adams

Jazz

  • PG: Ricky Rubio
  • SG: Donovan Mitchell
  • SF: Joe Ingles
  • PF: Derrick Favors
  • C: Rudy Gobert

Injuries

Thunder

  • None

Jazz

  • Rodney Hood (ankle) is out.
  • Joe Johnson (wrist) is out.
  • Dante Exum (left shoulder surgery) is inactive.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 24-12 against the Jazz (15-2 at home, 9-10 away).
  • In nine seasons, the Thunder has won the season series with the Jazz seven times, lost it once, and tied once.
  • Earlier this season, the Thunder lost to the Jazz 87-96 in Utah on October 21.
  • Oklahoma City has won seven of the last nine matchups with Utah.
  • The Thunder and the Jazz will meet two more times this season (12/20 in Oklahoma City and 12/23 in Utah).

Game Notes

  • Oklahoma City is on a two-game winning streak, while Utah has won their last six in a row.
  • Oklahoma City is 5-5 in the last ten games, while Utah is 7-3.
  • Oklahoma City is 8-3 at home, while Utah is 2-7 on the road.
  • Oklahoma City is 5-9 against the Western Conference, while Utah is 8-5.
  • Oklahoma City is 1-5 against the Northwestern Division, while Utah is 4-2.
  • Oklahoma City is 4-7 in games where they have one day of rest.
  • Utah is 4-1 in the second game of a back-to-back this season.
  • The Thunder and the Jazz are ranked first and second in the NBA in steals.
  • The Thunder and the Jazz are both ranked in the top five in opponent points per game and opponent turnovers.
  • The Thunder and the Jazz are both ranked in the bottom ten in points per game, rebounds per game, and assists per game.
  • Thabo Sefalosha, who played six seasons with the Thunder, now plays for the Jazz.

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Article written by Zack Low. Follow @TheThunderGuys on Twitter & Instagram, and give us a like on Facebook.