Utah Jazz (50-20, first in the Western Conference) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (21-49, 14th in the Western Conference) Oklahoma City; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Oklahoma City hosts Utah looking to break its 10-game home slide. The Thunder have gone 3-8 against division opponents. Oklahoma City ranks last in the Western Conference shooting 33.9% from 3-point range. The Jazz are 6-5 against Northwest Division teams. Utah scores 116.5 points and has outscored opponents by 9 points per game. The teams play for the third time this season. The Jazz won the last meeting 106-96 on April 13. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points to help lead Utah to the victory. TOP PERFORMERS: Al Horford is shooting 45% and averaging 14.2 points. Darius Bazley is averaging 17.2 points and 6.7 rebounds over the last 10 games for Oklahoma City. Rudy Gobert has shot 67.6% and is averaging 14.3 points for the Jazz. Royce O'Neale is shooting 49.2% and averaging 7.2 points over the last 10 games for Utah. LAST 10 GAMES: Thunder: 1-9, averaging 101.6 points, 45.7 rebounds, 21.8 assists, 7.9 steals and 2.9 blocks per game while shooting 41.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 122.5 points on 51.3% shooting. Jazz: 6-4, averaging 116.5 points, 47.2 rebounds, 23.2 assists, 6.6 steals and 4.2 blocks per game while shooting 48.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 108.6 points on 46.5% shooting. INJURIES: Thunder: Ty Jerome: day to day (calf), Mike Muscala: out (ankle), Theo Maledon: day to day (foot), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: out (foot), Luguentz Dort: day to day (knee). Jazz: Donovan Mitchell: out (ankle), Juwan Morgan: out (heel), Mike Conley: out (hamstring). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
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Led by Damian Lillards 30 points and six assists, the Trail Blazers defeated the Jazz, 105-98. CJ McCollum (26 points, four assists) and Carmelo Anthony (18 points, 4-5 3pt FG) combined for 44 points for the Trail Blazers, while Jusuf Nurkic added 11 points, 15 rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks in the victory. Rudy Gobert tallied 15 points (6-8 FG) and 20 rebounds for the Jazz in the losing effort. The Trail Blazers improve to 41-29 on the season, while the Jazz fall to 50-20.