Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

After winning two straight, and giving the Hornets a pounding on the road, the 9-7 Utah Jazz travel to Oklahoma City to take on the 12-4 Thunder.

The Thunder are a stellar 8-2 at home and have won three consecutive games overall. The Jazz are a dismal 3-7 on the road. In addition to winning three straight, the Thunder have won eight of their last 10.

However, the Jazz have gone 7-3 in their last 10 and have been playing better on the road as of late.

Scoring
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Jazz PPG: 98.69

Jazz opponents PPG: 97.50

Thunder PPG: 105.38

Thunder opponents PPG: 96.38

PPG=Points Per Game

The Jazz will have their hands full trying to stop the Thunder who have the No. 1 offense in the NBA. The Thunder also have a stronger defense than the Jazz, which could spell trouble for Utah.

Field Goal Percentage
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Jazz FG%: 43.6

Jazz opponents FG%: 44.3

Thunder FG%: 48.3

Thunder opponents FG%: 42.7

FG%=Field Goal Percentage

When it comes to field goal percentage, the Jazz aren't exactly stellar. They're ranked No. 23 but the Thunder are the No. 2 team in shooting. For the Jazz to get a win, forcing the Thunder to take difficult shots could be key.

What could be troubling for the Jazz's already poor shooting is the Thunder's defense, which is No. 3 in field goal percentage defense.

3-Point Percentage
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Jazz 3PT%: 35.9

Jazz opponents 3PT%: 37

Thunder 3PT%: 41.6

Thunder opponents 3P%: 34.2

3PT%=3-Point Percentage

Oklahoma City is ranked in the top 10 in a lot of categories, and this is one of them. The Thunder rank third in 3-point shooting and ninth in 3-point shooting defense. Meanwhile, the Jazz are No. 17 in 3-point shooting and No. 21 in defending the three.

Free Throw Percentage
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Jazz FT%: 75.6

Thunder FT%: 84.5

FT%=Free Throw Percentage

If there's one thing the Thunder know how to do, it's shoot the ball, as evidenced by their No. 1 ranking. The Jazz continue to be in the middle of the NBA in statistics, coming in at No. 16.

Both teams tend to foul a lot, but as good as the Thunder at the line, they'll have the advantage in this area.

Assists
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Jazz APG: 22.13

Jazz opponents APG: 20.81

Thunder APG: 22.88

Thunder opponents APG: 21.56

APG=Assists Per Game

Both teams are accustomed to some great passing, and with the Jazz getting Mo Williams back from a foot injury, he and Jamaal Tinsely could get off some spectacular passes.

Steals
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Jazz SPG: 7.88

Jazz opponents SPG: 8

Thunder SPG: 7.38

Thunder opponents SPG: 8.94

SPG=Steals Per Game

Only three teams in the NBA get the ball stolen more than the Thunder. If the Jazz players can pick their pockets, it could lead to some easy transition points.

Turnovers
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Jazz TO: 15.19

Jazz opponents TO: 14.38

Thunder TO: 16.56

Thunder opponents TO: 14.06

TO=Turnover per game

Neither team is very good at forcing turnovers, but the Thunder have a hard time holding onto the ball, ranking third in the league in turnovers per game. This is one area where the Jazz could have an advantage over the Thunder.

Rebounds
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Jazz RPG: 44.56

Jazz opponents RPG: 41.81

Thunder RPG: 42.56

Thunder opponents RPG: 39.25

RPG=Rebounds Per Game

The Jazz are slightly better at rebounding than the Thunder, averaging just under three more boards per game. Crashing the boards on both ends could be vital if the Jazz want to get a win against the Thunder.

Blocks
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Jazz BPG: 7.19

Jazz opponents BPG: 5.38

Thunder BPG: 7.38

Thunder opponents BPG: 3

BPG=Blocks Per Game

There aren't too many areas where the Jazz and Thunder both rank in the top five, but this is one of them. The Jazz are No. 4 and the Thunder No. 2 in blocks per game. However, the Thunder get blocked much less than the Jazz, so Derrick Favors and the other Jazz big men might have a hard time blocking shots.

The 100 Mark
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When Jazz reach 100:

When opponents reach 100: 3-4

When Thunder reach 100: 10-1

When opponents reach 100: 3-3
No team in the NBA has scored 100 points in more games than the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Jazz don't do very well when their opponent reaches the century mark, but neither do the Thunder. If the Jazz hope to get their second straight road win, they might have to hold the Thunder under 100 points.