NBA Playoffs 2018: Thunder vs. Jazz Game 5 score, series schedule, TV channel, online stream
Everything you need to know about the 4 vs. 5 playoff matchup in the Western Conference
When the Jazz when they extended their Game 5 lead to 25 points in the third quarter, it seemed this series was all but over. But then Rudy Gobert got into foul trouble, and the Jazz unraveled. The Thunder ripped off a 32-7 run to close the quarter and tie the game. Utah battled in the fourth quarter, but OKC pulled away to get a 107-99 victory and stave off elimination. It was the third-largest comeback in postseason history.
Here is everything you need to know about what may be the most intense first-round series:
No. 4 Oklahoma City Thunder (48-34) vs. No. 5 Utah Jazz (48-34)
How to watch Thunder vs. Jazz Game 6
- Date: Friday, April 27
- Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena -- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- TV: ESPN
- Live stream: WatchESPN
Playoff series schedule
- Game 1 in Oklahoma City: Thunder 116, Jazz 108
- Game 2 in Oklahoma City: Jazz 102, Thunder 95 |
- Game 3 in Utah: Jazz 115, Thunder 102
- Game 4 in Utah: Jazz 113, Thunder 96 |
- Game 5 in Oklahoma City: Thunder 107, Jazz 99
- Game 6 in Utah: Friday, April 27, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
- Game 7 in Oklahoma City: Sunday, April 29, TBA (if necessary)
Season series: Thunder 3-1
Thunder win if ...
The Thunder need two things: They need Russell Westbrook to dominate the game, and they need the Paul George that averaged north of 20 points in his last four games. This alone shows what makes the Thunder's experiment this year so difficult, but it worked, at least as far as getting them home court. With that being said, Adams will need to body-up on Gobert and force him out of the paint. Westbrook being the team's leading rebounder should give some Thunder fans pause.
Jazz win if ...
Rudy Gobert makes the paint his on both ends of the floor, plain and simple. If he can punish Russell Westbrook for challenging him inside while also maintaining his 13.5 points per game to complement Donovan Mitchell, who we know will put up points, the Jazz will be a tough out. A little of that late-season momentum carrying over wouldn't hurt either. Jae Crowder, who has vastly improved since his trade to Utah, could also be an impactful sixth man.
According to SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh, the Jazz have a 78.5 percent chance to win the first round and a 42.6 percent chance to reach the conference finals. SportsLine will have game-by-game gambling advice for every playoff series here.
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