Golden State Warriors vs Utah Jazz Preview 2/9/2022

Trent Nelson/Salt Lake Tribune

Golden State Warriors vs Utah Jazz Preview 2/9/2022

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Golden State Warriors vs Utah Jazz Preview 2/9/2022

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Trent Nelson/Salt Lake Tribune

Two of the best in the West will showdown in Salt Lake City in the Warriors and Jazz. This will be the second game between the two teams. On January 23rd they faced off and it was a 94-92 win for the Warriors. Recently the Jazz have been a very hot and cold team and sit in fourth place in the West at 33-21.

They went on a five-game losing streak 1-2 weeks ago but have since broken that stretch and won their last three games. The Warriors are now the hottest team in basketball with a nine-game win streak and sit in second in the West at 41-13. The Jazz are 18-10 at home while the Warriors are 16-9 on the road. Injuries will play a major factor in this game. Draymond Green, Nemanja Bjelica, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson, and James Wiseman are all out for the Warriors. Kevon Looney is also questionable. For the Jazz, Rudy Gay is questionable and Rudy Gobert and Joe Ingles are out.

How Golden State Can Win: 

Even with a good chunk of their rotational players missing, the Warriors are still in good shape. Mainly because they’ll still roll out with two All-Star starters in Steph Curry and Andrew Wiggins. Curry has averaged 24 ppg, 8 apg, and 6 rpg on 42/36/91 efficiency splits in his last nine games. Wiggins has put up 17 ppg, 4 rpg, and 2apg on 45% from the field and 39% from three in his last nine. Even with the stars showing out the Warriors’ depth has shown through and it is a true key to their success. Rookie Johnathan Kuminga has stepped up big time and is proving his value in the short term. He’s had three 20 point scoring nights on the year and has made a name for himself on the defensive end of the floor. Rebounding will be a major key for Golden State as they’ll lack a lot of size without Looney, Green, and Wiseman. An x-factor is Otto Porter as the Warriors are 13-4 when he shoots 50% or better from three. 

How Utah Can Win: 

Although they’re the healthier team the Jazz will still need to be on their A-game to win tonight’s contest. Their last three wins have come against the Knicks, Nets, and Nuggets. Donovan Mitchell has put up 32 and 27 points respectively in the last two games. Without Gobert, the Jazz defense won’t have a lot of hope of containing the Warriors offense. In games where Gobert isn’t on the floor, the Jazz have a putrid 118 defensive rating which would rank dead last by three percentage points. They’ll have to muster up a stellar offensive performance to earn the victory. Luckily their offense plays much better at home versus on the road. They have a 116 offensive rating at home this season. One key play for the Jazz will be Mike Conley and his play. The Jazz are 11-4 when Conley attempts seven or more three-pointers per game. Conley and company must let it fly from three-point range. 

The Spread Via FanDuel: 

Jazz -2 (-130 ML)

Warriors: +2 (+110 ML)

 

Final Prediction: Warriors 108, Jazz 101 

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