Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC Thunder | Bubble Game #1 Preview: Utah Jazz

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 2:30 PM CT

Location: The Arena (Orlando, Florida)

Television: Fox Sports Oklahoma

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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

The moment has finally arrived. After 4 1/2 months, the Oklahoma City Thunder (40-24) and the Utah Jazz (42-23) finally get to play the game that was halted on that fateful Wednesday evening in March, postponing the NBA season indefinitely.

The rosters are essentially the same as they were back in March, but to say neither team has changed would be absolutely incorrect. The hiatus essentially served as an extra offseason, and there’s an argument to be made that the time off benefited the Thunder more than any other team.

Veterans like Chris Paul, Steven Adams, and Danilo Gallinari were able to rest. The young core was able to use the time to improve. Heck, Andre Roberson managed to get back to full strength, and now he’s back on the court.

With just 8 games left to finish out the season and seed the playoffs, both teams are fighting for better playoff position. The Thunder needs to kickoff the season restart strong, and a win over the Utah Jazz would the way to make that happen.

Projected Starters

Thunder

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

Jazz

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

Injuries

Thunder

  • NONE

Jazz

  • Bojan Bogdanović (right wrist surgery) is OUT.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 32-13 (19-2 at home, 13-11 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).
  • The Thunder is 1-1 against the Jazz so far this season (0-0 at home, 1-1 on the road).

Game Notes

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