Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC Thunder | Game #23 Preview: Jazz

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 8 PM CDT

Location: Vivint Smart Home Arena (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Television: Fox Sports Oklahoma

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

Twitter: Follow @TheThunderGuys for live-tweets during the game

The Oklahoma City Thunder (10-12) finished strong in Portland last night against the Blazers (9-14) for the second consecutive game to kick off a 4-game road trip.

Tonight, the Thunder plays the Utah Jazz (13-10) in Salt Lake City. The two teams met in their opening games of the season, and it was a tight one as the Jazz pulled out the 100-95 win.

Both teams have experienced struggles since then, but while the Thunder has surpassed expectations so far, the Jazz have played well below their potential.

Utah is a heavy favorite tonight, nearly double digits, but if OKC continues to finish as well as they have recently, they could have a good chance to leave Salt Lake City with a win.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Chris Paul
  • SG: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  • SF: Abdel Nader
  • PF: Danilo Gallinari
  • C: Steven Adams

Jazz

  • PG: Donovan Mitchell
  • SG: Royce O’Neale
  • SF: Joe Ingles
  • PF: Bojan Bogdanović
  • C: Rudy Gobert

Injuries

Thunder

  • Hamidou Diallo (hyperextended right elbow, sprain) is OUT.
  • Terrance Ferguson (right hip soreness) is OUT.
  • Andre Roberson (return to play management) is OUT.

Jazz

  • Mike Conley (left hamstring tightness) is OUT.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 31-13 (19-2 at home, 12-11 on the road) against the Jazz in the regular season and 2-4 (2-1 at home, 0-3 on the road) in the playoffs.
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series against the Jazz 9 times, lost it once, and tied once.
  • The Thunder swept the Jazz 4-0 last season (2-0 at home, 2-0 on the road).

Game Notes

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