Golden State Warriors vs. the Northwestern Division: Predictions

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Apr 7, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) looks to shoot the ball over Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) in the first quarter at ORACLE arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Utah Jazz

2012-13 Record: 43-39

The Jazz took a huge hit this summer in losing Al Jefferson, their greatest interior offensive threat, to Charlotte.  They have a Wooden Award winner coming in in the form of Trey Burke, but he’s a rookie and is bound to be talented but raw.  This is the first team on this list that I’m pretty sure will take a hit on record this year, maybe into the red.

Prediction: 3-0

A team that’s weakened inside is already a problem when you’re playing against David Lee, who is one of the most efficient all-around offensive big men in the league today.  Add to that a team that has middle of the road to below-average defense, and bottom-ten perimeter defense allowing an average of 37 percent from three, and this squad is decidedly weaker against this year’s Golden State squad.  This one should be a season sweep.




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  • Josh Haslam

    Jazz did not take a hit down low, they improved greatly. Kanter and favors are an upgrade from the overvalued big al and millsap. Their defense improved astronomically but they are young. Jazz will take at least one

  • noodlekaboodle

    Jazz didn’t take a defensive hit down low. Kanter and Favors are better defensive players. The step back the Jazz took down low was on offense, not D.