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Preview: The Jazz ended a four-game losing streak by beating Oklahoma City 94-89 at home on Saturday. Included in that losing streak was a 106-104 overtime loss to the Wolves in Salt Lake City just a week ago. Before it lost to Golden State, the Wolves, Portland and Denver, the Jazz had won seven of its eight games, 10 of 12 and 14 of 18. … The two teams end a four-game season series Monday. The Jazz won the first two games — 100-94 at home on Dec. 30 and 101-89 at Target Center four days later — before Zach LaVine led the Wolves to victory last week by hitting two clutch three-pointers late in the fourth quarter that forced overtime. … The Jazz beat the Thunder without starting forward Derrick Favors, who didn't play because of back spasms, and rookie Rodney Hood (gastrointestinal distress).

Players to watch: Jazz center Rudy Gobert — selected six slots after the Wolves took Gorgui Dieng 21st overall in the 2013 draft — is averaging 15.1 rebounds in March and, in 20 starts since the All-Star break is averaging 10.5 points, 14 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 1.7 assists and has 12 double-doubles in that time. In last week's game against the Wolves, he scored 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting, with five rebounds and five blocked shots in 11 third-quarter minutes played alone. The only other NBA players who have had that kind of quarter since 2000: Arvydas Sabonis, David Robinson and Tim Duncan. … Jazz forward Gordon Hayward leads the Jazz in scoring with a 19.6 average and has scored 20 or more points 35 times this season. He did so 22 times a season ago.

Injuries: Wolves G Ricky Rubio could play Monday after he didn't play Sunday for the eighth time in nine games because of a sore ankle. G Kevin Martin (hamstrings) and F Kevin Garnett (illness, sore knee) are doubtful and G Gary Neal (sprained ankle) and F Shabazz Muhammad (finger surgery) are out. Favors (back spasms) is questionable and G Alec Burks (shoulder) is out for the Jazz.