The Oklahoma City clinched the fourth seed in the Western Conference Playoffs. They’ll host divisional rival, the Utah Jazz in the first round. The series will be your traditional 2-2-1-1-1, with first two in Oklahoma City, two in Salt Lake City, then alternating from Oklahoma City through Utah until we have a winner.
The regular season series was weird between Oklahoma City and Utah. The entire series was done before Christmas with Oklahoma City up 3-1. So, it’s going to be really weird to see what these two teams are like as they’re really different after four months of basketball.
Since Oklahoma City moved from Seattle, The Thunder are 17-2 against the Jazz at home, including 14 straight. The last time the Thunder lost at home to Utah, it happened in Oklahoma City Arena.
Oklahoma City on the flip side is 10-10 at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Oklahoma City is 3-1 in Salt Lake City since the beginning of the 2015-16 season.
The last time these franchises met in the playoffs was the 2000 playoffs. That left with the Jazz knocking off Seattle 3-2. Before that, they had met a few times, including the 1996 Western Conference Finals. It’ll be the first time Oklahoma City and Utah will meet in the playoffs.
Here’s the entire first round series between Oklahoma City and Utah:
Sunday, April 15 | Utah at Oklahoma City | 5:30 p.m. | TNT
Wednesday, April 18 | Utah at Oklahoma City | 7 p.m. | NBATV
Saturday, April 21 | Oklahoma City at Utah | 9 p.m. | ESPN
Monday, April 23 | Oklahoma City at Utah | 9:30 p.m. | TNT
Wednesday, April 25 | Utah at Oklahoma City | If necessary
Friday, April 27 | Oklahoma City at Utah | If necessary
Sunday, April 29 | Utah at Oklahoma City | If necessary
the winner of the Oklahoma City-Utah series will get the winner of the Houston Rockets-Minnesota Timberwolves series. Houston won the regular season series against Minnesota 4-0, by an average of 15.8 points per game. Jimmy Butler did play in three of those games. It’s the first time since 2004 Minnesota has made the playoffs. It’s the first time in franchise history Houston is the No. 1 seed.
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