Oklahoma City Thunder (25-19, 10-13 away) vs. Utah Jazz(29-16, 16-7 home)
Monday, Jan. 23 :: 8:00 p.m. CST :: Vivint Smart Home Arena (19,911)
TV: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 676-5, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 751/1751 HD)
Online Stream: here.
Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemy: Here.
Line: Oklahoma City is a 13-point underdog. O/U is 226
Notes: Thunder: here | Jazz: here
SETTING THE SCENE
- The Oklahoma City Thunder found themselves on the losing end of a tough battle with Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.
- Luckily for the Thunder, they’ve been off for the last five days.
- Utah beat the Dallas Mavericks 109-100 on Saturday night.
- Oklahoma City lost to the Jazz 109-89 in their first meeting on Dec. 14.
FOLLOWING THE ACTION
- You can catch the radio on Oklahoma City’s WWLS, 98.1 FM. Matt Pinto will be your play-by-play voice. If you’re in Tulsa, catch it on 1450 AM.
- Brian Davis and Michael Cage call the game on the Thunder’s flagship station, Fox Sports Oklahoma. You can watch the game there, catch it on NBA League Pass, or use the Fox Sports App (If you’re in Oklahoma).
SCOUTING THE JAZZ
- The Utah Jazz are 29-16 on the season, fifth in the Western Conference.
- Utah is 7-3 in their last 10 games.
- The Thunder is 21-11 versus the Jazz during the Oklahoma City era.
- Oklahoma City was blown out by Utah on Dec. 14 in Utah 109-89.
- Oklahoma City is 7-9 all-time at Utah.
- Rodney Hood (knee) is out.
- The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Utah came on Feb. 14, 2012, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 111- 85 (26-point margin of victory).
- The Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (21 points) vs. the Jazz occurred during a 99-120 loss on Nov. 31, 2010.
RUSSELL WESTBROOK TRIP-DUBS
- Russell Westbrook has 58 career triple-doubles, that’s best for sixth all-time.
- 16 of the 58 are against Houston, Orlando, Washington, and Philadelphia. He has four against each team.
- Russell Westbrook seven triple-doubles in a row this season is the most since 1989 when Jordan had seven in a row and 10 in 11 games.
- Westbrook is one triple-double away from tying Larry Bird for sixth all-time.
ALL-TIME TRIPLE-DOUBLE LIST
- Steven Adams (concussion) is a game-time decision.
50 IS NIFTY
- On March 24, the Thunder claimed a 22-point home victory over the Jazz and in the process, OKC recorded the team’s 50th win of the season.
- Oklahoma City has now finished with a winning percentage of .610 (equivalent to 50 wins) six times dating back to the 2009-10 season.
- Only the San Antonio Spurs (seven seasons with .610 winning percentage), have reached that benchmark more during this period.
STILL GOOD ODDS
- According to Sportsbook, the Oklahoma City Thunder have the eighth best odds to win the Larry O’Brien trophy.
- They have the fifth best odds to win the Western Conference behind, the Clippers, Spurs, Rockets, and the Warriors.
- Oklahoma City travels to New Orleans on Wednesday night to end their six-game road trip.
- The Pelicans are 17-27, 10th in the Western Conference
- Oklahoma City is 2-0 vs. NOLA this season, last winning 121-110 on Dec. 21, 2016.
- New Orleans will play the Cavs tonight.
KEYS TO THE GAME
We’ve seen the Thunder play really strong fourth quarters. There are as many teams with fourth quarter come backs (6) as Oklahoma City has fourth quarter comebacks (6), league best. They have to close the other three quarters strong, too.
Thunder money ball
Oklahoma City is one of the league’s worst in three-point shooting. However, if you’re missing threes like last night and giving the Jazz long rebound opportunities, this is going to be another long night for the Thunder. Oladipo has been shooting it well from deep as of late, that could help.
Speed up the tempo
The Jazz are one of the slowest tempos in the association. Utah is only averaging 93.73 possessions a game. That’s comparable to Oklahoma City’s 101.47 per game. The Thunder need to speed it up and if ideally they can make it about 105 possessions per game.