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It'll be a battle of division foes when the Utah Jazz welcome the Oklahoma City Thunder to EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz currently hold an 11-25 record and have not found their stride this season. On the opposite side, the Thunder have been playing at a high level and sport a record of 27-7. This game will begin at 9:00 pm EST and it will be covered by FSN-OK and ROOT-RM.

The Jazz are regrouping after their loss to the Lakers, 110-99. Gordon Hayward was the team's high scorer as he had a good game, scoring 22 points. The Thunder, meanwhile, are coming off a big win over the Celtics, 119-96. Kevin Durant was one of the best players on the court for Oklahoma City, posting 21 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds. The Thunder have emerged victorious in both games against the Jazz this year, including a decisive 95-73 victory in their last matchup. Kevin Durant was the game's top overall scorer with 19 points.

Points might be at a premium when two of the league's elite defenses take the court. Utah ranks second in the NBA in defensive efficiency (106.8), while Oklahoma City is first (97.9). Also, the Thunder's fifth-ranked offense (offensive efficiency of 106.0) will face off against the second-ranked defense of the Jazz (defensive efficiency of 106.8).


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