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Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Chase Thompson and Preston Truman of North Salt Lake City show off their Jazz gear prior to watching the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder play in game one of the NBA playoffs in Oklahoma City on Sunday, April 15, 2018.

The Utah Jazz. The Oklahoma City Thunder.

Donovan Mitchell. Russell Westbrook.

Mano a mano. Head-to-head.

Sure the first-round playoff series between the Jazz and Thunder is much bigger than an individual matchup between a star rookie and the reigning MVP, but boy, oh boy, will they be fun to watch. Westbrook enters the postseason after becoming the first in history to average a triple-double for an entire season in back-to-back years while Mitchell has carried the Jazz to a fifth seed while breaking Damian Lillard’s NBA rookie record for 3-pointers made as the team’s scoring leader.

Westbrook is mean on the court, but he once offered rare advice to Mitchell after a December game in Utah that shocked the Louisville product.

In four regular-season matchups against Oklahoma City, Utah won just once while being held to 43.5 percent shooting from the field. However, the playoffs are a different story.

Game 1 starts today at 4:30 p.m. on AT&T SportsNet, TNT and AM-1280, FM-97.5 and AM-1600 on the radio.

Let’s get ready to rumble!