Utah Jazz (14-13, 3-8 road) at Oklahoma City Thunder (21-6, 9-1 home)
It’s been four days since Oklahoma City has played a game. It was a well needed rest for a team that had played 8 of their last 9 games on the road and in a matter of two weeks. They needed to heal up, with some injuries to Thabo Sefolosha and others. Sefolosha is still out tonight.
The Jazz have been playing games though. Utah is about to play their third straight game on the road. They went to Memphis, beat them. Went to New Orleans and lost. Only six teams have won three games or fewer on the road this season, and the Jazz are included in that six. Utah is just 1-5 in their last six road games.
Oklahoma City’s last game was against the Jazz, in which Oklahoma City rolled over the Jazz 101-87. Westbrook had 28 points and six rebounds. Kevin Durant had 19 points on just six made baskets.
Keys to the game
Oklahoma City had 15 turnovers against the Jazz. Westbrook had four of them. Oklahoma City forced 15 as well. Oklahoma City ranks dead last in turnovers per game at 17.0. They need to limit these turnovers coming off this little break to show their is no rust.
Get this guy the ball. I’m not one to say Westbrook shoots more. However, Durant needs to be taking more than 10 shots a ball game. He’s your superstar. He’s your MVP candidate. Use him like it. It’s awesome that we win with him only taking 10 shots, but he really needs to be really involved.
Yep, simple. Block out. Oklahoma City dominated the rebounding against the Jazz last Friday night. Out rebounded them 46-32. Also, beat them on the offensive glass 10-6. This needs to be repeated. It’s a key reason why the Jazz only scored 87 points.