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When and where: February 12, 2019, ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA, 10:30 PM ET
The Utah Jazz will take aim at the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors in Tuesday night’s NBA Western Conference action. Since their minor slip-up against the Utah Jazz, the Warriors have won their last four straight games against the Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers. The Jazz are also rolling after back-to-back wins over the Spurs and Suns.
Jazz blow out the Spurs
So much for the Jazz living on the playoff bubble.
A win over the Spurs on Saturday pushed them up to the sixth-ranked spot in the Western Conference standings. It was the kind of performance that served as an example to the rest of the league of how dangerous the Jazz can be when things are clicking on both ends of the floor. Even if the Spurs were seemingly running on fumes from a long road trip, the Jazz needed the win as a confidence builder after a disappointing start to the season.
They still have an opportunity to turn things around in the final stretch and go on another playoff run. Despite their sluggish start, they are only one win behind the Portland Trail Blazers for fourth place in the Western Conference, and they’ll have no problem catching them if they’re astounding play from Saturday wasn’t a one-time deal.
Against the Spurs, they shot 52.2 percent from the floor and won the rebounding battle 59-40.
Star guard Donovan Mitchell turned in a team-high 23 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals, while center Rudy Gobert contributed 21 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in the 125-105 victory.
Warriors rally and overcome feisty Heat
The Warriors were dead in the water at home against the Heat on Sunday night. That was until star forward Kevin Durant got his hands on the ball in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter. A 118-115 lead for the Heat was eviscerated on a step-back 3-pointer by one of the best shooters on the planet. There was blood in the water at that point as the Warriors finished up the job, 120-118.
The Heat opened up the first quarter with a 10-point lead, but they weren’t able to hold off the Warriors from making a comeback. Not that anyone is condemning them for failing to stop a team of All-Stars from scoring a bunch of points. It’s scary to think we haven’t even seen the Warriors at their best yet. The team will only get better as perennial All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins gets more in tune with the offense.
Durant finished the game with 39 points, six rebounds and four assists on a night where the Splash Brothers, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, combined for 54 points.
- Warriors are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against teams with a winning straight up record
- Over is 8-3 in Warriors last 11 games in the Western Conference
- Over is 14-6 in Warriors last 20 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in the previous game
- Over is 9-4 in Warriors last 13 games after a straight up win
- Jazz are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games after an ATS win
- Jazz are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games after a straight up win of more than 10 points
- Jazz are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against teams with a winning % above .600
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The most impressive win for the Jazz in their recent run came against the Nuggets. Outside of that win, they have beat up on a bunch of teams with losing records and no shot of making the playoffs. The Jazz are simply cruising down the easier part of their schedule right now. Even their win over the Spurs lacked the same feeling of accomplishment considering the Spurs were a dead road team coming into that game.
However, a strong primetime showing against the Warriors would go a long way in proving the Jazz are inching their way towards being a legitimate contender. This is one of those games where a team like the Jazz should get blown off the floor by the Warriors’ endless scorers. They don’t even have an advantage in the paint anymore with Gobert going head-to-head with DeMarcus Cousins.
The Jazz won’t be able to dig deep enough to slow down the juggernaut Warriors team, and they’ll fold quicker than a summer lawn chair at a Little League baseball game. They might need to bring a raincoat when the Splash Brothers get going. I’ll take the Warriors in this one.
Prediction: Golden State Warriors (-8.5)
Full-Game Total Pick
The over is 5-2 in the last seven head-to-head meetings between the Warriors and Jazz. It hardly needs mentioning that the Warriors are the best scoring offensive team in the league. The Jazz have been more inconsistent on that end of the floor, but they are also facing a Warriors team that has a tendency of getting into offensive shootouts. They just allowed 118 points to the Heat, who were only averaging 105.3 points per game. Take the over in this one.
Prediction: Over (229)