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Oklahoma City Thunder (25-19) @ Utah Jazz (29-16)Vivint Smart Home Arena | Salt Lake City, UT7:00 p.m. (MT) | ROOT Sports | 1280 AM / 97.5 FM

How could I not use such a ridiculous picture here . . .  ?
How could I not use such a ridiculous picture here . . . ?
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The Utah Jazz (29-16) go for their 30th win of the season, and more importantly, their seventh win in a row tonight as they host the Oklahoma City Thunder (25-19). OKC and UTA have lots of reasons not to love one another. And tonight's game is going to be no different. Utah has this streak on the line. And Oklahoma City has the opposite, they are playing their 5th road game out of six, and dropped the last two (Los Angeles Clippers 120-98, Golden State Warriors 121-100). They are going to be in no mood to lose a third game in a row after losing the first two by forty.

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Team Breakdown:

I did no research for this game beforehand. Last season the Jazz lost all four games to the Thunder. This season they also play four, the Jazz won the first one, back in December, 109-89. Overall the Jazz are 77-100 against the Seattle Supersonics / Thunder, but a much more comfortable 51-38 at home. This game is the first game of a back-to-back for our guys. OKC had four nights off since their 20 pieces by LAC and GSW. So it's not like they are on a road trip right now, but that's just a funny part of the schedule.

Westbrook is a beast. There's more to the game than just that. But it's really the focal point here.

Fan Map:

2015 2016 Fan Map Oklahoma City Utah

I wonder what the band wagon actually looks like right now?

Assumed Starters:

  • PG: Russell Westbrook vs. George HIll
  • SG: Victor Oladipo vs. Joe Ingles
  • SF: Andre Roberson vs. Gordon Hayward
  • PF: Jerami Grant (?) vs. Derrick Favors
  • C: Steven Adams vs. Rudy Gobert

Grant started their last game alongside Roberson. Adams' status is up in the air.

Injuries / Absences:

  • PG:
  • SG: Rodney Hood (UTA, no new news as far as I can tell so still out)
  • SF:
  • PF:
  • C: Steven Adams (OKC, had a concussion, I think he should be okay by now)

GO JAZZ GO!

Poll

Who's going to win?

This poll is closed

  • 26%
    UTA by 11+ points
    (18 votes)
  • 35%
    UTA by 6-10
    (24 votes)
  • 14%
    UTA by 1-5
    (10 votes)
  • 14%
    OKC by 1-5
    (10 votes)
  • 5%
    OKC by 6-10
    (4 votes)
  • 2%
    OKC by 11+
    (2 votes)
68 votes total Vote Now