The Golden State Warriors are starting to look like themselves again, which is bad news for the rest of the NBA. The Warriors will host the Utah Jazz, who are also starting to play like a playoff contender again. Golden State and Utah have split the first two games against each other so far this season.
The Warriors have won fifteen of their last 16 games, and have taken over the Pacific Division. Golden State comes into this game with a record of 40-15, and have a ten game lead over the Los Angeles Clippers. Utah has won three of their last four games and have improved their record to 32-24 on the season. The Jazz are now in sixth place in the loaded Western Conference. Golden State is a 9.0 point favorite over Utah in this game.
Nobody Can Stop the Warriors
The Warriors went through some tough times in November, but they are back to clicking on all cylinders again. Golden State leads the NBA with 119.1 points per game, and they have been putting up monster numbers of late. The addition of DeMarcus Cousins has made the Warriors nearly unstoppable on offense. Cousins is averaging 14.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game since making his Warriors debut.
Golden State is shooting close to 40 percent from the three-point line this season, and Stephen Curry is a big reason for that. Curry is pouring in 28.6 points per game while making over 44 percent of his three-point attempts. Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson have been playing great as well, combining for close to 50 points per game. The Warriors have plenty of scoring options, and they will all be on display in this game.
Jazz Finding Offense of Late
The Jazz have struggled to score for much of the season, but that hasn’t been the case in their last 10 games. Utah is averaging just over 109 points per contest, but they have put up some big scores during this recent run. The one that thing the Jazz have done all season is defend, and they are allowing just 105.8 points per game this season. The Jazz have defended Golden State well in the past, but now they have Cousins to deal with as well.
Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert have been carrying the Jazz offense all season long. Mitchell leads the team with 22.4 points per game, and attempts close to 20 shots per game. Gobert is averaging 15.2 points and 12.8 rebounds per game and is giving the Jazz a terrific inside scoring threat. The Jazz do have some other nice pieces, but Mitchell and Gobert need big games to keep this one close.
Golden State Blows out Jazz
If the Warriors figure out how to get some stops defensively, they aren’t going to lose many more games this season. Golden State doesn’t have to worry about their defense in this game as the Jazz can’t really challenge them on offense. Utah always competes, but the Warriors are just on a roll right now. This game won’t be close. Bet the Golden State Warriors -9.0 over the Utah Jazz.