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Thunder (34-11) at Jazz (23-22), 9:00 P.M. EST tip

Thunder (1-game winning streak)
106.9 Offensive Efficiency (1st)
99.9 Defensive Efficiency (12th)
96.0 Pace (4th)
57.0 True Shooting % (1st)
51.2 Rebound Rate (6th)

Jazz (3-game winning streak)
102.5 Offensive Efficiency (9th)
103.6 Defensive Efficiency (23rd)
94.0 Pace (16th)
51.9 True Shooting % (19th)
51.5 Rebound Rate (4th)

The Thunder and Jazz have met twice already this season with Oklahoma City winning both times and pretty easily too.

In Utah is never easy for a team and the Thunder have been inconsistent at late so this one shouldn’t not be a cake walk. The Jazz have also been hot of late winning their last three games.

Al Jefferson has missed the last few games for the Jazz and is expected to return tonight. Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter have done the job in his absence however putting up similar numbers to Jefferson’s.

The Jazz have size and can do some damage on the offensive glass, something that has been an Achilles heel for the Thunder at times this season. The last time these teams played Oklahoma City set the tone early on inside and they will need to do the same again tonight.

Kevin Durant is matched up with Gordon Hayward who has done a surprisingly good job on him this season. Durant also is forced to account for Hayward on the other end who runs the floor as well as any player in the NBA.

With the return of Jefferson and strong play from Favors and Kanter of late, the Jazz bench may pose a solid threat against the James Harden-led second unit of Oklahoma City. Harden led all scorers the last time these teams played with 22 points.

This may be the last game the Thunder play before signing veteran point guard Derek Fisher who is expected to sign with the team tomorrow.

Up ahead for the Thunder this week is an attractive three games against the Clippers, Timberwolves then Heat.

Tags: Al Jefferson Derek Fisher Derrick Favors Enes Kanter Gordon Hayward James Harden Kevin Durant Thunder Vs. Jazz

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