Preview & Analysis: Thunder vs Jazz 01-18-2024

Preview & Analysis: Thunder vs Jazz 01-18-2024

January 18, 2024


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On January 18 at Delta Center, the Utah Jazz (22-20) will take on the Oklahoma City Thunder (27-13) in an attempt to extend a 6-game winning streak.

The Oklahoma City Thunder, who have won 9 of their previous 13 games overall, have been playing well. However, they will be looking to end a two-game losing streak after losing badly to the Clippers 128-117 on the road in their last game. Leading the team with 25 points and 7 assists on 10 of 14 shooting, Jalen Williams was followed in scoring by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (19 points), Luguentz Dort (19 points), and Isaiah Joe (15 points off the bench). To keep up with the Clippers until the 3rd quarter, the Thunder hit 50% from the field overall and 16 of 34 from three points. The Clippers’ Paul George burned the Thunder for 38 points, and they had no response. The Thunder have been almost as reliable as the Boston Celtics and the top-ranked Minnesota Timberwolves in the West.



The Utah Jazz, meantime, have been playing well lately. They have prevailed in 12 of their past 14 games in total and haven’t played since defeating the Pacers 132-105 in their last game due to a postponed game. With 32 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 assists, Lauri Markkannen paced the squad. Collin Sexton followed with 30 points and 5 assists, and Keyonte George added 19 points and 5 assists off the bench. The Jazz made this one seem simple right away, leading by 14 points at the half and then dominating the 3rd quarter to end the game with 41 points. As a team, they shot a solid 55% from the field and 11 of 25 from the 3-point line. They rank fifth in offensive rating (120.9) and eleventh in defensive rating (113.9). Prior to December 12, the Jazz had a bottom 5 offense and defense.


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Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz Game Information

  • Date: 01/18/2024
  • Time: 09:10 PM ET
  • Location: Delta Center, Salt Lake City, USA
  • How to Watch Thunder vs Jazz: TNT
  • Live Stream: NBA Game Pass


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