Oklahoma City Thunder (10-12, 8-3 home) vs. Utah Jazz (13-11, 2-7 away)

Tuesday, Dec. 5 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203)

Coverage: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 675, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27) | 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemy: Here.
Line: The Oklahoma City Thunder are a 7-point favorite. The over/under is 197.
Online Stream: Fox Sports Go | WWLS Sports AnimalLive Stats | Twitter | Facebook
Game Notes: Thunder: here | Jazz: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • The Oklahoma City Thunder come into tonight’s contest with a two-game win streak. It’s a super small win streak but it’s still one, I guess. Oklahoma City will put that on the line tonight against arguably the hottest team in the NBA, the Utah Jazz.
  • The Jazz come into tonight’s game fresh off a 47-point (not a typo) win over the Washington Wizards. Rudy Gobert returned to the line up and the Jazz looked down right scary in the victory.
  • Oklahoma City and Utah have met once this season, an nine-point Utah win, in the second game of the year. Oklahoma City trailed by a lot that night and closed to within five but could not get any closer.
  • This is the last game of a three-game home stand before Oklahoma City hits the road for two weeks. The Thunder’s next five of six are all on the road. So, it’s imperative the Thunder start off strong here with a win.

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 13-11 on the season, seventh in the Western Conference.
  • Utah has won six in a row, the third largest win streak currently in the association.
  • In their last 10 games, Utah is 7-3.
  • In their last game, the Utah Jazz beat the Washington Wizards 116-69.
  • When Utah and Oklahoma City for the first time on Oct. 21, the Jazz won 96-87.
  • Against the Jazz, the Oklahoma City Thunder are 103-78 all-time.
  • Since moving to Bricktown, the Thunder are 24-12 against Utah.
  • When games are played at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City is 15-2 all-time against Utah.
  • The Thunder have won 12 straight home games against Utah. They have not lost to the Jazz at home since Halloween 2010.
  • Oklahoma City is 7-3 against Utah in their last 10 games.
  • Injury Report:
    Joe Johnson (wrist) is out.
    Dante Exum (shoulder) is out.
    Rodney Hood (ankle) is a game-time decision.
  • 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).
  • Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (21 points) vs. Utah occurred during a 99-120 loss on Oct. 31, 2010.

NEW FACES

  • The Oklahoma City Thunder added a bunch of new faces this year.
  • Paul George was acquired on June 30 for Domantas Sabonis and Victor Oladipo.
  • Carmelo Anthony joins the Thunder after Oklahoma City sent Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a second round pick to the Knicks for Anthony.
  • Oklahoma City also signed Raymond Felton and Patrick Patterson via free agency.
  • Terrance Ferguson was drafted in the first round out of Australia.
  • Oklahoma City also added PJ Dozier, undrafted rookie out of South Carolina to a two-way deal.

Injury Report

  • Oklahoma City is relatively healthy for tonight’s game.

Next Up

  • Oklahoma City travels down to Mexico City for a one-game showdown with the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night.
  • Then, the Thunder travel to Memphis to play the Grizzlies on Saturday night.
  • Oklahoma City splits up the mini-road trip with a single game at home vs. the Hornets on Monday, Dec. 11.

Three Keys to the Game

Rebound

The Thunder are 8-2 when they out rebound their opponent. That’s something Oklahoma City is going to need to do tonight if they’re going to steal a win away from the pesky Jazz. While Utah may not be the best rebounding team in the association, they do a good job of keeping opponents off the offensive glass. The Thunder need to win this tonight.

Points off turnovers

The top two teams in points in turnovers are meeting tonight. Oklahoma City is No. 1 and Utah is No. 2. In their first meeting the turnovers were similar but it was the Jazz who found their way into transition and scored more on the turnovers. Oklahoma City has to win this battle tonight.

Get to the line

The Thunder are middle of the league in attempts. However, when you look over the last five games (OKC is 2-3 in those games) the Thunder are attempting less than 19 attempts per game and are 20th in the league over that span. The Oklahoma City Thunder need to get to the line early and often to win this one.

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