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I comes down to whether the tax deduction now is worth more (or less) to you that the future tax free account.
I think that at the time of retirement and withdrawal it is highly desireable to have both tax deferred and tax free accounts. This gives you some flexibility in tax managing your withdrawals. I know at your age you are probably not even considering the mandatory withdrawals at age 70.5, but, it is a bit of a concern that with RMDs your income might go up and still be in a higher tax bracket.
Do you expect to be in a higher or lower tax bracket at time of withdrawal? If lower, it favors taking the tax deduction now. I would suspect that at your income the current tax deduction would be valuable. I assume that your employer's contribution will go into the standard 401k.
No easy answer, but, if it were me I would probably contribute to both the standard and Roth is some proportion perhaps such that it is 50-50 including the employer contribution.

Bob
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