The daily preview it to the rim with NBA tips as the Golden State Warriors travel to take on a depleted Utah Jazz outfit.
14:00 (AEDT), Thu 10th Feb @ Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City
History: Played 210: Jazz 119 V Warriors 91
Last meeting: January 23, 2022: Warriors 94 d Jazz 92 at Chase Center
Final Thoughts: It’s a top-four Western Conference showdown with the fourth-placed Utah Jazz searching for their fourth straight win when they host the second-placed Golden State Warriors, who are on a nine-game tear.
The teams have met twice this season, with the Warriors taking out both. Steph Curry (28 pts, 6 reb, 9 ast) and Andrew Wiggins (25 pts) steered Golden State to a 123-116 win in Salt Lake City on New Year’s Day. Jordan Poole (20 pts) top-scored as the Warriors held off the Jazz 94-92 at home three weeks later. Rudy Gobert pulled down 37 rebounds across the two games.
But Gobert will miss his eighth consecutive game today. Initially struggling without their productive big man – and finishing January on a dismal 2-11 run – the Jazz have won their last three against the Nuggets (108-104), Nets (125-102) and Knicks (113-104) at home to improve to 33-21.
Donovan Mitchell is two games back into his return from a lengthy concussion break. He top-scored against the Nets (27 pts, 6 ast) and had an all-round blinder against the Knicks (32 pts, 7 reb, 6 ast, 4 stl). Udoka Uzubuike is warming to the task deputising for Gobert, averaging 11.7 rebounds in their current winning run.
The 41-13 Warriors are on their longest streak of the season and have chalked up double-digit wins over the Kings (126-114) and Thunder (110-98) in the past week. Klay Thompson is seeing his minutes increase and his range return; he dropped seven three-pointers from nine attempts against the Kings.
But the ‘Splash Brother’ has been ruled out today, joining Draymond Green, Andre Iguodola, James Wiseman and Nemanja Djelica on the sidelines. Kevon Looney is listed as questionable. Jordan Poole – who is averaging 16.6 points this season – will come in to partner talisman Steph Curry in the back-court. Curry, who went off for 40 points in Houston eight days ago, was one rebound shy of a triple-double in OKC.
The Jazz are 18-10 at home this season (10-18 ATS). The Warriors are 16-9 on the road (12-11-2 ATS), winning their last three on the back of a 1-5 away run.
This blockbuster pits the NBA’s top offensive unit (Jazz) against the league’s best defensive team (Warriors). Golden State are slight outsiders due to their weighty injury toll, but they’ve managed to flourish without key personnel this season and I think Curry steps up to lead them to the W.
Best Bet: Result – Warriors @ $2.08
Same Game Multi: Result – Warriors; Total – Under 224.5; To Score 25+ Points – Steph Curry; To Score 25+ Points – Donovan Mitchell @ $12.55