The Golden State Warriors dismantled the Sacramento Kings on Friday night, and they will be looking to duplicate that performance against an even worse team in the Utah Jazz on Sunday.
At 24-52, the Jazz own the worst record in the Western Conference. They have dropped eight of their last 10 games and five of their last six, and have already fallen three times to the Warriors this season.
However, the Warriors cannot expect the Jazz to simply roll over. On Jan. 31, the Warriors barely escaped Utah with a 95-90 victory, and it was only because Stephen Curry went off for 43 points. The Warriors have an unfortunate track record of playing down to inferior opponents at home (see: Knicks game a week ago), and they cannot afford another bad loss if they want to hold on to that sixth seed.
The Warriors enter the night 1.5 games ahead of the Mavericks in the playoff picture.
Tale of the Tape
- Points per game: 103.2 (10th)
- Field-goal percentage: 45.9% (11th)
- Three-point percentage: 37.5% (5th)
- Defensive field-goal percentage: 43.6% (4th)
- Rebounds per game: 45.3 (2nd)
- Turnovers: 14.9 (T-24th)
- Points per game: 94.4 (29th)
- Field-goal percentage: 44.2% (24th)
- Three-point percentage: 35.0% (T-23rd)
- Defensive field-goal percentage: 47.1% (T-30th)
- Rebounds per game: 41.0 (25th)
- Turnovers: 14.0 (13th)
From Warriors.com game notes:
- The Warriors have never swept a season series against the Jazz.
- Golden State won two games in Utah in a single season for the second time in franchise history (first since 1980-81).
- A win against the Jazz would tie the Warriors’ longest-ever win streak vs. the franchise (four games), last accomplished in 1994.
GSW: David Lee (strained right hamstring) is questionable. Andrew Bogut (pelvis/groin contusion) and Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) are out. Nemanja Nedovic and Ogjnen Kuzmic are on assignment with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League.
GOLDEN STATE (47-29)
- F Andre Iguodala (9.3 PPG)
- F Draymond Green (6.1 PPG)
- C Jermaine O’Neal (7.9 PPG)
- G Klay Thompson (18.2 PPG)
- G Stephen Curry (23.4 PPG)
- F Richard Jefferson (10.3 PPG)
- F Derrick Favors (13.0 PPG)
- C Enes Kanter (12.1 PPG)
- G Gordon Hayward (16.1 PPG)
- G Trey Burke (12.4 PPG)
Tip-off: 6:00 PM PST
Location: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
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