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Should Utah lose intentionally so OKC gets home court advantage and less games on the road where they are statistically better?

If you really think about it, the logic makes sense. OKC is statistically better on the road, why not let them have home court advantage if you’re the opposing team? Lose tonight, OKC goes to the 4th seed and Utah goes to the 5th seed. Jazz would be in the driver’s seat. They would never see it coming

Oklahoma City Thunder (39-24, 19-11 away)

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Boston Celtics (42-20, 23-8 home)

Wednesday, March 11 // 7:00 p.m. CST // Chesapeake Arena
TV Coverage: Fox Sports Oklahoma
Radio Coverage: 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
LineUTA (+5.0) @ OKC :: O/U 221.5
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Game NotesThunder | Jazz

INJURY REPORT

THUNDER

Darius Bazley (Right knee bone bruise) listed as OUT

Andre Roberson (Left knee injury recovery) listed as OUT

 

JAZZ

Rudy Gobert listed as QUESTIONABLE (previously listed OUT)

Emmanuel Mudiay listed as OUT

Nigel Williams-Goss as OUT

 

PROJECTED LINEUPS

THUNDER: Chris Paul (G), Luguentz Dort (G), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (G/F), Danilo Gallinari (F), Steven Adams (C)

JAZZ: Mike Conley (G), Donovan Mitchell (G), Bojan Bogdonavic (F), Royce O’Neale (F), Avery Bradley (C)

 

Lots at stake: With Utah one game ahead of OKC in the standings, a win by the Thunder would launch the team to the 4th seed after sitting in the 6th seed just days ago. Rudy Gobert’s absence in the paint will create a large opportunity for players like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Dennis Schroder who capitalize on finishing at the rim. Look for lots of baskets inside the 3PT line, either midrange or at-the-rim shots.

Utah has been wildly inconsistent. They have gone through weeks winless and then other weeks without a loss. They are currently 5-5 in their last 10 after losing their last game against Toronto

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