After 4 days off, the Warriors returned home in preparations for the Utah Jazz. The Jazz come to the Oracle with a 5-7 record. The Warriors will look to continue their win streak and stretch it to four games. In the previous road game versus the Los Angeles Lakers, Steph Curry only needed 3 quarters for 30 points and 15 assists. Off the bench, Marreese Speights chipped in with 24 points too.
The Jazz have their maximum contract man, Gordon Hayward leading the team with 18.7 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Defeating the Warriors on the road will poise as a tough feat for the Jazz since they have only won 2 contests in 7 tries on the road.
Players To Watch
Don’t let his looks fool you. Hayward can play ball. Against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Hayward swatted a LeBron layup and sealed the win with a beautiful step back jumper. Hayward has been their go-to guy has improved this season. Watch him match up with Klay as that will be the matchup of the night.
Coming off a monstrous game with 16 points and 15 rebounds, Kanter finally looks comfortable in the NBA. His game logs show a few duds but for most of the season, he’s been consistent with scoring. He’s shooting the ball well (from the charity stripe and the floor) but he isn’t a looming defensive presence. He has only recorded 3 blocks and 3 steals on the season. Andrew Bogut should have the upper hand in this matchup.
Keys To Victory
Control The Paint
It’ll be hard for the Jazz to win if they don’t have an inside presence. By eliminating Kanter and Favors, the Jazz will depend on the jumpshooting of Hayward, Trey Burke, and Alec Burks. We all know when jumpers are missed, rebounds open up the transition game. The Warriors are incredibly dangerous when they run which can result in alley-oops, layups, or even three pointers.
The Utah Jazz have a knack to show up for big games. It’s time for the Warriors to show their elite status. They need to get out and grab an early lead versus Utah. The second step would be to push the lead and to keep it out of reach like the Lakers game. Their outstanding offense allowed Kobe Bryant to get 44 points and still maintain the blowout victory. The Jazz have more role players and allowing one person to go off for 44 may spell trouble for the Warriors.