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The Golden State Warriors will travel to the Vivint Smart Home Arena on Saturday night to take on the Utah Jazz in a Western Conference matchup. The Warriors are sitting at 8-7 and are coming off a 119-104 loss to the New York Knicks on Thursday night. The Jazz are 11-4 and are on a seven-game winning streak coming off a 129-118 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night as well.
This will be a battle of the offenses as these teams have been able to score the ball well. Let’s take a deeper dive into this matchup and decide whether we should place our bets on Golden State or Utah in this game.
Steph Curry With the Shot
The Golden State Warriors have been depending on the output from their point guard Stephen Curry this season as he is averaging 28.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and 1.3 steals in 34.3 minutes per game. He is improving his shooting numbers as he is 45.1 percent from the floor, 37.1 percent from three-point range, and 93.5 percent from the charity stripe. In his last game against the Knicks, Curry played 35 minutes and finished with 30 points, three rebounds, four assists, two steals, and four turnovers. If he can figure out how to replicate that game while cutting back on some of the turnovers, this should be a huge game for Curry and the Warriors.
The Utah Jazz have been an incredible defense so far this season as they are giving up 106 points, which is third in the NBA. In their last game against the Pelicans, they allowed 118 points on 42-of-85 (49.4 percent) from the floor, 11-of-25 (44 percent) from deep, and 30 free-throw attempts. If the Jazz can figure out how to limit the amount of open shots, it can really improve their defense even more than it has been great.
Prove Shaq Wrong
The Utah Jazz have been depending on the output from their shooting guard Donovan Mitchell this season as he is averaging 24.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 0.5 blocks, and 0.7 steals in 33.5 minutes per game. He is shooting well as he is 43.8 percent from the floor, 40.8 percent from three-point range, and 84.8 percent from the free-throw line. In his last game against the Pelicans, Mitchell played 34 minutes and finished with 36 points, seven rebounds, five assists, a block, and four turnovers. If he can figure out how to replicate that game with the same shooting numbers, this could be another great game for Donovan Mitchell.
The Golden State Warriors have been a below-average defense so far this season as they are giving up 114.3 points, which is tied for 23rd in the NBA. In their last game against the Knicks, they allowed 119 points on 38-of-82 (46.3 percent) from the floor, 11-of-24 (45.8 percent) from deep, and 41 free-throw attempts. If they can figure out a way to defend without fouling, the Warriors can pull off the upset in this game.
- Utah: Jazz are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- Utah: Jazz are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Utah Jazz have the better team at the moment as they have a star guard in Donovan Mitchell, who can limit Stephen Curry, and Rudy Gobert. James Wiseman isn’t going to be able to stop one of the best defensive centers in NBA history and the defense being played by the team as a whole. The Warriors give up a lot of points this season so this should be as close to a cakewalk for Utah as it is going to get. Go with Utah in this game.
Utah Jazz -6.5
Full-Game Total Pick
We talked about the defenses so let’s highlight some offense. Golden State is averaging 111.7 points per game on 44.4 percent shooting while Utah is averaging 112.3 points per game on 46.7 percent shooting. The Jazz will play solid defense on Curry where he can’t get going on his shot and will force the game to be a low-scoring affair. Go with the UNDER in this matchup.