The Utah Jazz will have a tough time bringing their 8-game road losing streak to a halt when they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder, who have won five in a row at home. The Thunder are playing well to begin the season, entering today's game with a record of 8-3. On the other hand, the visiting Jazz are not above .500 on the season, coming in with a 1-13 record. This game has a start time of 7:00 pm EST and ROOT-RM and FSN-OK will be providing coverage of the contest.
The Thunder come into today's game after defeating Los Angeles, 105-91. Kevin Durant (28 points) took over the game, scoring the most points for Oklahoma City. The Jazz, meanwhile, are coming off a 103-93 loss against the Dallas Mavericks. Marvin Williams had a team-high 19 points. This is the second game of the year between these two teams, with the Thunder winning the first matchup, 101-98. Kevin Durant was the game's top overall scorer with 42 points.
Oklahoma City could own the offensive glass in this matchup, as they rank fifth in the NBA in OR% at 28.7%. Conversely, Utah places 29th in the league on the defensive backboards with a DR% of 70.9%. Furthermore, the 30th-ranked offense of the Jazz (offensive efficiency of 93.9) will face a tough test against the first-ranked defense of Thunder (defensive efficiency of 55.3).