Apr 7, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) keeps the ball away from the reach of Utah Jazz guard Jamaal Tinsley (6) in the second quarter at ORACLE arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors Begin Home-and-Home Against NBA's Worst Team: Game Preview

In their last game, the Golden State Warriors (6-3) faced off against one of the most talented teams in the league in the Thunder and squeaked by with a 116-115 victory in thrilling fashion.

Tonight, they hope that a victory will be a bit easier, hosting the Utah Jazz (1-9) at Oracle Arena in the first of a home-and-home. On Monday, the teams will play again at Energy Solutions Arena in Utah.

Last Time Out

The Warriors notched a statement win against the Thunder on Thursday, holding off a late-game surge by Russell Westbrook and Co. and winning it on an Andre Iguodala buzzer-beater.

Meanwhile, Utah fell to the Spurs yesterday 91-82 despite leading by seven heading into the fourth quarter. All five starters scored in double-digits, and Derrick Favors had a monster night with 20 points and 18 rebounds.

Tale of the Tape

Warriors

  • Points per game: 105.2 (T-6th)
  • Field goal percentage: 49.1% (2nd)
  • 3-point percentage: 45.5% (1st)
  • Points allowed per game: 98.2 (T-8th)
  • Rebounds per game: 42.2 (T-19th)

Jazz

  • Points per game: 88.8 (30th)
  • Field goal percentage: 40.9% (T-28)
  • 3-point percentage: 25.8% (30th)
  • Points allowed per game: 100.1 (T-15)
  • Rebounds per game: 43.1 (T-15)

Familiar Faces

If it weren’t for the Jazz, the Warriors probably would not have been able to sign Iguodala. In the offseason, the Warriors dumped Andris Biedrins, Brandon Rush, and Richard Jefferson to the Jazz to clear up the necessary salary cap space to offer Iguodala a contract.

Jefferson, the starting small forward for the Jazz, is averaging 10.6 points this season. However, Rush and Biedrins have been sidelined with injuries.

Trap Game?

Coming off a big, adrenaline-filled win against the Thunder, it is imperative that the Warriors keep their concentration tonight, although it may be difficult to get excited for a matchup against the worst team in the league. The Jazz may be last in the league in points per game, but they have legitimate scoring threats in Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors. By no means should this be a “walk-over” win, because if that kind of attitude can result in mental lapses and a poor performance on the court.

Probable Lineups

Warriors

  • PG Stephen Curry
  • SG Klay Thompson
  • SF Andre Iguodala
  • PF David Lee
  • C Andrew Bogut

Jazz

  • PG Alec Burks
  • SG Gordon Hayward
  • SF Richard Jefferson
  • PF Derrick Favors
  • C Enes Kanter

Game Information

Tip-off: 7:30 PM (PST)
Location: Oracle Arena (Oakland, CA)

TV: LOCAL (CSN Bay Area, ROOT Sports)

Tickets: Warriors tickets

Radio: KNBR (Warriors), KZNS (Jazz)

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