The Utah Jazz (32-24) visit the Western Conference leading Golden State Warriors (40-15) on Tuesday in the third and final regular season matchup between the two teams this season. Utah handed the Warriors a loss back on December 19th, but Golden State has lost just four games since, and will be looking to expand their lead at the top of the west with a win at home.
Golden State Warriors
Despite headlines claiming that Kevin Durant will be playing for the Knicks next season, the 2x reigning finals MVP has been at his best for the Warriors. Durant scored 39 in the Warriors victory over the Heat on Sunday, moving his season average to 27.5 points per game for the season. Steph Curry pitched in 25 points, and Klay dropped a smooth 29 points himself, boosting the Warriors to their 40th win of the season. With this trio scoring points at this pace, there is little reason to doubt the Warriors pulling off the three-peat this season. The introduction of center Demarcus Cousins to the starting lineup has been ideal as well, with a minimal period of transition time involved. Since Cousins has made his return from injury, the Warriors have kept their blistering win pace, going 9-1 in games with Cousins. Once Cousins finds his groove in this Warriors squad, we may we witnessing the best NBA team to be assembled.
Golden State is the NBA’s hottest teams at the moment, winning 15 of their last 16 games. The Warriors will be at home on Tuesday, where they are 21-7 this season, and 4-1 in their last 5 games at Oracle Arena.
Expected Lineup for Golden State Warriors
Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Demarcus Cousins.
Golden State Warriors Home NBA Form
|10.02.2019||WIN||Heat 118 – 120 Golden State Warriors|
|06.02.2019||WIN||Spurs 102 – 141 Golden State Warriors|
|02.02.2019||WIN||LA Lakers 101 – 115 Golden State Warriors|
|31.01.2019||LOSS||76ers 113 – 104 Golden State Warriors|
|16.01.2019||WIN||Pelicans 140 – 147 Golden State Warriors|
Sitting 6th place in the west, the Jazz are looking to make another appearance in the postseason this year. Led by Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, Utah has stayed competitive in a relentless western conference. Gobert, who is widely considered as one of the biggest All-Star snubs this season, is having a career year. Gobert is averaging career highs in points and rebounding, averaging 15.2 points and 12.2 boards a game. Gobert has continued to be one of the most effective rim protectors in the league, averaging 2.19 blocks this season, ranking him 4th in the NBA. If Utah is going to make a move this postseason, it will be on the backs of Mitchell and Gobert.
Utah comes into the matchups with the Warriors going 7-3 in their last 10. The Jazz are .500% in away games this season with a record of 14-14, 3-2 in their last 5 away from home.
Expected Lineup for Utah Jazz
Ricky Rubio, Donovan Mitchell, Joe Ingles, Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert
Utah Jazz Away NBA Form
|30.01.2019||LOSS||Utah Jazz 105 – 132 Trail Blazers|
|27.01.2019||WIN||Utah Jazz 125 – 111 Timberwolves|
|16.01.2019||WIN||Utah Jazz 129 – 109 Clippers|
|07.01.2019||LOSS||Utah Jazz 102 – 114 Bucks|
|05.01.2019||WIN||Utah Jazz 110 – 105 Pistons|
The Money Line
Here are how the odds to win the match look from the bookies ahead of the game.
Odds taken at 01:00 GMT 12/02/2019
Key Matchup To Watch
Donovan Mitchell v. Steph Curry
Donovan Mitchell has followed up his monster rookie season with an impressive second year, averaging 22.4 points, 4.0 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. Despite being just 22 years of age, Donovan has shown his leadership characteristics, leading the Jazz in scoring in 36 of 56 games, including a 38 point explosion early in the season in a win against the Rockets. Mitchell won’t be the only high volume scorer in action on Tuesday night, as the second year guard will likely be matched up with Steph Curry. Curry is leading the high flying Warriors in scoring, averaging 28.6 points this season, ranking him third in the NBA. In two games against the Jazz this season, Curry is averaging 31.5 points. Watch for the exciting guard play of Steph Curry and Donovan Mitchell in this matchup, with each player having the potential to have a monster scoring night
Our Verdict and Best Bets
The Utah Jazz have had trouble stringing wins together this season, with just four 3+ win streaks this season. Compound this with the form that the Warriors have, and this matchup has Golden State win all over it. Golden State has found little problems finding success implementing Demarcus Cousins into the lineup, and will only continue to mesh as they play together. The Jazz will keep this one close until the fourth, when the firepower of KD, Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson will become too much for Utah.
Winning Margin, Bucks 1 – 10 @ 1.90 (9/10) with Unibet.