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Utah Jazz vs Oklahoma City Thunder Preview: TV, Start Time, Injury Report

Utah looks to snap losing streak against the Thunder in Oklahoma

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NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at Utah Jazz Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

The Utah Jazz (7-15) are facing off against the Oklahoma City Thunder (14-7) tonight at Paycom Center. After dropping their previous game against the Los Angeles Clipper last week, the Jazz look to get back on track in their first matchup against the emerging Thunder this season.

For the Jazz, tonight will mark another night without their All-Star Lauri Markkanen (hamstring). It goes without saying that Markkanen’s absence has kneecapped Utah’s offense, but over the last five games the struggles have magnified, with Utah failing to break the century mark three times. John Collins, who had his best offensive production in a Jazz jersey against the Clippers, has been listed as questionable on the injury report, meaning Utah could be without two of their top-three scorers on the night. Walker Kessler, who has struggled with health and production thus far this season, will miss another game with foot soreness. This will leave Utah’s front-court thin, opening the door to a potential career-first start for rookie Taylor Hendricks.

Hendricks, who entered the rotation over the last three games, has shown flashes of his defensive potential. He has recorded either a steal or a block in each of his appearances, but has struggled to find a role on offense, shooting only 37% across those games.

For the Thunder, this season has marked their emergence as a truly competitive team. Holding the second best record in the Western Conference, OKC is led by All-NBA guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who has averaged over 30.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 6.2 assists this season. Second-year player Jalen Williams has emerged as the team’s second leading scorer at 17.9 a game, with rookie Chet Holmgren arguably ahead in the Rookie of the Year award race. While controversy still looms over guard Josh Giddey’s alleged relationship with a minor, the Thunder have maintained success, winning their previous game against the Golden State Warriors.

Game info

When: Monday, December 11th, 6:00 PM MT

Where: Paycom Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

TV/Streaming: Jazz+, KJZZ

Radio: KSL 1160 AM & 102.7 FM

Injury Report

Utah Jazz:

OKC Thunder:

  • Lu Dort (Questionable) - Illness