National Basketball Association
Preview
Utah at Oklahoma City
When: 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City regularly dominates Utah at Chesapeake Arena and the Thunder look to post their 11th consecutive home victory in the series when they entertain the Jazz on Tuesday. Utah's last win in Oklahoma City was a 120-99 rout on Oct. 31, 2010, when guard Deron Williams was the franchise's best player and Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan served as coach.

Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook will be looking for his 30th triple-double of the season after producing 41 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in Sunday's 118-110 home victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. Westbrook recorded a triple-double against the Jazz on Jan. 23, when he totaled 38 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 97-95 victory in Salt Lake City. Both teams enter the contest with three-game winning streaks, with the Jazz coming off an impressive 102-92 road victory over the Washington Wizards on Sunday. "We knew they were good, especially at home, but we played really well defensively and it was a great win for us," Utah small forward Gordon Hayward said afterward. "It was just a team effort. We had a good game plan defensively, and we executed it."

TV:
8 p.m. ET, ROOT (Utah), FSN Oklahoma

ABOUT THE JAZZ (37-22): Utah is aiming to complete a three-game road sweep and Sunday's win featured a strong defensive effort that halted Washington's streak of consecutive 100-point outings at 23 games. The Jazz tied a season best with 11 blocked shots as star center Rudy Gobert (15 points, 20 rebounds) and power forward Derrick Favors blocked four apiece. "This is how we want to play," point guard George Hill told reporters. "After the All-Star break, you want to be that team that gets better, so that is the focus in our heads. Hopefully, we can get on a nice run before the playoffs."

ABOUT THE THUNDER (34-25): Westbrook is closing in on Wilt Chamberlain (31 in 1967-68) for second place on the single-season triple-doubles list as he continues to enjoy a superb campaign. Westbrook scored 21 points in the fourth quarter -- the most of his career -- in the win over the Pelicans while recording his seventh career 40-point triple-double, which ties Chamberlain for second most on the all-time ledger. "I think throughout the game, I try to find ways to pick my spots," Westbrook said. "(Sunday) was the fourth quarter. Some nights it may be early, some nights it may be late. I just play. The game will tell you what to do. If something is working, I keep doing it."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Jazz have limited the Thunder to an average of 93 points while splitting two meetings this season.

2. Oklahoma City SG Victor Oladipo (back) sat out the past two games but practiced Monday and his availability will be determined following Tuesday's mid-day shootaround.

3. Hayward is averaging 29.5 points on 22-of-39 shooting in the past two games.

PREDICTION: Thunder 101, Jazz 96
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Utah 37-22 W3 20-11 17-11 3-2 34-20 6-4 21-15
Oklahoma City 34-25 W3 22-8 12-17 3-1 31-24 6-3 21-14
Last Meeting
Utah Oklahoma City
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/23/17 OKC 97 UTA 95 95 42 42.9 97 45 43.4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Utah G. Hayward 17 35.3 3
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 38 37.9 13
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Utah D. Favors 10 4 6
Oklahoma City A. Roberson 11 1 10
Assists Player  
Utah B. Diaw 5
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 10
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Utah G. Hayward 1203 47.2 309
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 1896 42.1 530
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Utah R. Gobert 807 246 561
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 637 108 529
Assists Player  
Utah G. Hayward 181
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 635
Quickchart Matchup
Utah Utah Off vs  Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Defense
Utah Off vs Oklahoma City - Points For 100.4 Points For
Utah Off vs Oklahoma City - Points Against 105.9 Points Against
Utah - FG% 46.4 FG%
Oklahoma City - FG% 45.7 FG%
Utah - Reb 43.2 Reb
Oklahoma City - Reb 41.4 Reb
Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Off vs  Utah Utah Defense
Oklahoma City Off vs Utah - Points For 106.2 Points For
Oklahoma City Off vs Utah - Points Against 95.6 Points Against
Oklahoma City - FG% 45.0 FG%
Utah - FG% 43.8 FG%
Oklahoma City - Reb 46.5 Reb
Utah - Reb 40.2 Reb