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Wednesday 10/30/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




OKLAHOMA CITY (65 - 28) at UTAH (43 - 39)
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Wednesday, 10/30/2013 9:05 PM
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OKLAHOMA CITY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games65-28-14.451-4039-50104.953.747.4%51.196.647.942.4%49.2
Road Games28-18-11.123-2118-26102.452.846.1%51.297.648.343.1%49.4
Last 5 Games1-4-4.40-52-389.647.439.9%53.493.648.440.5%54.2
Division Games10-6-6.89-64-11103.951.748.5%49.996.948.442.6%49.9
OKLAHOMA CITY Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)104.953.738-8047.4%7-2037.3%22-2682.9%511021218148
vs opponents surrendering98.449.637-8245.4%7-2035.9%17-2275.4%501122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)102.452.837-7946.1%7-2135.2%22-2682.6%511120218157
Stats Against (All Games)96.647.936-8542.4%8-2234.5%17-2276.9%491220218144
vs opponents averaging98.449.437-8245.2%7-2035.7%17-2375.1%511122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)97.648.337-8543.1%8-2235.8%17-2277.2%491221218144

UTAH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games43-39-3.642-3839-4298.048.045.4%50.498.148.245.9%48.7
Home Games30-11+8.324-1618-23100.351.247.0%51.495.247.344.2%47.1
Last 5 Games3-2+1.82-31-490.046.244.2%48.889.245.643.1%46.6
Division Games9-7+3.56-97-997.146.444.8%47.997.949.046.9%49.8
UTAH Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)98.048.037-8245.4%6-1736.6%18-2376.4%501223218146
vs opponents surrendering98.449.537-8245.3%7-2035.8%17-2275.4%501122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)100.351.238-8147.0%6-1738.4%18-2476.2%511123218147
Stats Against (All Games)98.148.237-8045.9%7-1837.0%18-2475.7%491121208146
vs opponents averaging98.449.537-8245.3%7-2035.6%17-2275.3%501122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)95.247.335-8044.2%7-1934.1%18-2376.3%471119218136
Average power rating of opponents played: OKLAHOMA CITY 95.5,  UTAH 95.8
OKLAHOMA CITY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/30/2013@ UTAH              
11/1/2013@ MINNESOTA              
11/8/2013@ DETROIT              
11/13/2013@ LA CLIPPERS              
11/14/2013@ GOLDEN STATE              

UTAH - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/30/2013OKLAHOMA CITY              
11/1/2013@ PHOENIX              
11/5/2013@ BROOKLYN              
11/6/2013@ BOSTON              
11/8/2013@ CHICAGO              
11/9/2013@ TORONTO              
11/13/2013NEW ORLEANS              
11/15/2013SAN ANTONIO              
OKLAHOMA CITY: GUARDS: RUSSELL WESTBROOK is going to likely miss the first 4-to-6 weeks of the regular season after getting another procedure done on Oct. 1 to reduce swelling on his knee. It will probably take him some time to get rid of the rust of not playing all summer . . . THABO SEFOLOSHA should play even more minutes this season with Kevin Martin gone. He has added a three-point shot to his repertoire . . . REGGIE JACKSON could end up absorbing a lot of the minutes that went to James Harden two years ago and Martin last season. But he's nowhere near the offensive threat . . . JEREMY LAMB will push Jackson for that sixth-man role. He's dominated against lesser competition . . . DEREK FISHER will get minutes as a player/coach. FORWARDS: KEVIN DURANT may have to take on an even bigger role in the regular season as the Thunder try to replace Kevin Martin's offensive production. Either way, he's the MVP among the league's non-LeBrons . . . SERGE IBAKA has had his postseason issues and still struggles defensively outside of rim protection, but he has added value with his mid-range shooting . . . NICK COLLISON's biggest skill is his ability to take charges. He'll continue to log big minutes at the four and five as a glue guy . . . One of two very raw young players, PERRY JONES III and ANDRE ROBERSON, has a chance for playing time on a thin team. CENTERS: KENDRICK PERKINS was a disaster in last year's postseason, but still provides the kind of low-post muscle the Thunder look for . . . Rookie STEVEN ADAMS could take over for Perkins down the road, but he's too raw to make an impact this year . . . HASHEEM THABEET fills out the final roster spot.
UTAH: GUARDS: TREY BURKE is a savvy floor general who can shoot, but he's also short and a mediocre athlete (and we've seen how that's worked out for Brandon Knight). He'll step right in at the point, but immediate success is hardly guaranteed . . . ALEC BURKS is locked in at the two. He'll be able to hang in defensively, and he's a decent ball-handler and passer. His shaky jumper is an issue . . . BRANDON RUSH returns from an ACL tear and could emerge as the sixth man . . . JOHN LUCAS III is here as a Plan B at the point and to help mentor Burke a bit . . . IAN CLARK won't see a lot of action as a rookie, but he can play either guard spot. FORWARDS: DERRICK FAVORS will run into foul trouble, but he will be a nightly double-double threat and rim protector . . . GORDON HAYWARD becomes Utah's No. 1 option on offense. He'll struggle to create his own shot with defenses focusing on him, but he is a knock-down, three-point shooter who's improving off the dribble . . . MARVIN WILLIAMS is coming off heel surgery and will miss at least the first month of the season. He's not a part of Utah's long-term plans, but will likely see minutes due to the team's lack of depth . . . RICHARD JEFFERSON is a player/coach at this point in his career . . . JEREMY EVANS will be brainstorming for the dunk contest. CENTERS: ENES KANTER is a major upgrade over Al Jefferson as a defender and in the team concept on offense. He immediately becomes one of the league's better starting centers . . . ANDRIS BIEDRINS at least has a chance to reestablish himself as a capable back-up . . . RUDY GOBERT has freakish size, but he's a major project who is nowhere near ready to contribute.
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Oklahoma City (0-0) at Utah (0-0), 9:00 p.m. EDT

Although Oklahoma City finished with the Western Conference's best record last season and has perennial MVP candidate Kevin Durant, the Thunder enter 2013-14 with a degree of uncertainty.

The prospects for the Utah Jazz appear a bit more clear, as they're focused on rebuilding.

Expected to be without Russell Westbrook for the first month of the season, the Thunder open up Wednesday night against a young Jazz team that must replace much of its offense from a year ago.

Westbrook originally injured his knee during the opening round of last season's playoffs against Houston, a series Oklahoma City eventually won before falling in the second round to Memphis.

He underwent successful surgery to repair a torn meniscus and appeared on track for a full recovery before the second surgery - a setback Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti said was minimized because of Westbrook's positive outlook and already strengthened knee.

Oklahoma City is accustomed to overcoming doubt, having gone 60-22 last season even after the trade that sent James Harden to Houston. That was thanks in large part to Durant's average of 28.1 points, as well as Westbrook's 23.2 points and 7.4 assists per game.

Westbrook's injury had a crippling effect at times on the Thunder's offense during the playoffs - with Durant's shooting percentage falling from 51.0 percent during the regular season to 42.1 in the series against the Grizzlies.

This season, Oklahoma City must once again overcome the loss of a key offensive piece, with guard Kevin Martin and his 14.0 points per game leaving for Minnesota.

The Thunder, who went 3-1 against Utah last season, are counting on several familiar faces to replace Martin's offense, including guards Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb. Jackson, in particular, surged in the playoffs last season, averaging 13.9 points after scoring just 5.3 during the regular season.

"We're very confident that we can (win the championship)," Durant said. "We're not going to come in and say, 'We can't win it all; we don't have enough.' We're a confident group of guys."

Oklahoma City is also looking for Serge Ibaka to shoulder a bigger load after he averaged career highs of 13.2 points and 7.7 rebounds last season. He also led the league in blocked shots for a second straight season, averaging 3.0.

"We feel we're in a good position," Durant said. "That's all that really matters. If we come in here thinking we lost momentum or anything like that, that will mess us up. So, we just try to focus on each and every day and we'll be fine."

The Jazz feel like they're heading in the right direction, but they moved into rebuilding mode by shuttling four of their top five scorers after finishing last season at 43-39, just missing the playoffs.

Management hopes loyal followers will show patience as youngsters like center Enes Kanter, forward Jeremy Evans and guard Alec Burks become the supporting cast to Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward.

"It's going to be a challenge for sure but it will definitely be exciting. We are ready to take the next step and we can't wait for the season to get started. It's going to be quite a journey for this team," said Hayward, the team's top returning scorer at 14.1 points per game last season.

The Jazz showed their full commitment to the youth movement by signing the 6-foot-10, 263-pound Favors to a four-year extension that is worth more than $50 million with incentives. A similar deal for Hayward is in the works and is expected to be signed before Thursday's deadline.

"We will be looking to have Gordon and Derrick make big plays for us this year on both ends of the court," coach Tyrone Corbin said.

Corbin will be without Trey Burke for the first two to three months after he had surgery to repair a fractured right index finger. The ninth pick of the draft was set to be the starter at point guard, a job Corbin will now hand to journeyman John Lucas III.

The Thunder won't have center Hasheem Thabeet for the opener after he was suspended one game without pay by the NBA for head-butting New Orleans' Greg Stiemsma in a preseason game.

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