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Feb 12, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) is defended by Utah Jazz point guard Alec Burks (10) during the second half at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz won 109-94. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Utah Jazz (33-31) vs. OKC Thunder (47-17) Preview

The Oklahoma City Thunder return home tonight to deal with the visiting Utah Jazz.

The Thunder and Jazz have played twice already this season and split the season series with the home team winning each time.

Most recently, the Jazz beat the Thunder 109-94 back on Feb. 12. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were both efficient in that game shooting the ball but turnovers and little scoring help elsewhere led to the doom of OKC.

The Thunder beat the Jazz before that back on Nov. 30. Durant had 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting while Westbrook was off the charts with 23 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists, seven steals and eight turnovers.

Westbrook has turned it over 15 times in two games vs. Utah this year and would like to see that number go down tonight.

The Jazz make their living these days with their size up front. Utah will probably be without starting power forward Paul Millsap but they have plenty of depth to fill the void.

Enes Kanter in particular has come on strong for the struggling Jazz of late. He is the kind of player with a lot of talent and is you supplement that with confidence, you will start to see some serious growth.

The Thunder come into tonight coming off a very tough defeat at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs two nights ago. The Spurs won without Tony Parker and revealed some of the lingering issues that still plague the Thunder.

That game was a back-to-back though and on the road so tonight back at home and with a night’s rest, we should see the Thunder return to their winning form.

The game will tip at 8 p.m. EST and air nationally on ESPN.

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