Utah Jazz vs Golden State Warriors Preview and Predictions -01-22-2020
Where: Chase Center
When: Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 10:00 pm ET
We have a Western Conference NBA matchup to consider when the Utah Jazz meets the Golden State Warriors for game four of their four-game season series. Utah has won the previous three meetings and enters this matchup riding a two-game winning streak. Golden State enters this matchup coming off an overtime road loss to the Portland Trail Blazers and will look to avoid a season series sweep when they host the Jazz.
Jazz Two Game Winning Streak
The Jazz has won four of their last five games and if the regular season were to end today, Utah would be the third seed in the Western Conference. Wednesday marks a one-off road trip and after Wednesday night head home to host Dallas and Houston. Utah is 13-10 this season away from Salt Lake City and has won six of their last eight road games.
Utah scores 110.7 points while allowing 106 points per game and is shooting 47.3 percent from the field, 38.7 percent from downtown and 77.7 percent from the charity stripe this season.
The Jazz has six players scoring in double figures and are led by All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell scores an average of 24.7 points per game with 4.2 caroms and 4.3 assists per game. Mitchell drains 36.1 percent of his triple attempts this season and scored 25 points with 13 in the Jazz home victory over Indiana.
Warriors Overtime Loss to Portland
The Warriors have lost four of their last five games and if the regular season were to end today, Golden State would miss the playoffs. Wednesday night marks game one of a two-game homestand and then it’s out on the road for a five-game road trip. Golden State is 7-15 at home this season and is coming off an overtime road loss to Portland.
Golden State scores an average of 105.6 points and allows 113.6 points per game while shooting 42 percent from the floor, 33.5 percent from downtown and 81.1 percent from the charity stripe this season.
The Warriors have six players scoring in double digits and are led by guard D’Angelo Russell. Russell scores an average of 23.3 points per game with 3.6 rebounds and leads Golden State with 6.5 assists per game. Russell is draining 36.3 percent of his triple attempts this season and scored 27 points with eight caroms and nine assists in the Warriors road loss to the Trail Blazers.
Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors are an American professional basketball team based in San Francisco, California. The Warriors compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league’s Western Conference Pacific Division. Founded in 1946 in Philadelphia, the Warriors relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1962 and took the city’s name, before changing its geographic moniker to Golden State in 1971.[b] They will begin playing their home games at the Chase Center starting in October 2019.
The Warriors won the inaugural Basketball Association of America (BAA) championship in 1947,[c] and won its second championship in 1956, led by Hall of Fame trio Paul Arizin, Tom Gola, and Neil Johnston. However, the Warriors would not return to similar heights in Philadelphia, and after a brief rebuilding period following the trade of star Wilt Chamberlain, the team moved to San Francisco. With star players Jamaal Wilkes and Rick Barry, the Warriors returned to title contention, and won their third championship in 1975, in what is largely considered one of the biggest upsets in NBA history.
This would precede another period of struggle in the 1980s, before becoming playoff regulars at the turn of the decade with stars Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, and Chris Mullin, colloquially referred to as “Run TMC”. After failing to capture a championship, the team entered another rebuilding phase in the 2000s. The Warriors’ fortunes changed in the 2010s, ushering in a new era of success led by Stephen Curry. After drafting perennial All-Stars Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, the team returned to championship glory in 2015, before winning another two in 2017 and 2018 with the help of former league MVP Kevin Durant.
Nicknamed the Dubs as a shortening of “W’s”, the Warriors hold several NBA records; they have registered the best ever regular season, most wins in a season (regular season and postseason combined), as well as the best ever postseason run. With the combined shooting of Curry and Thompson, they are credited as one of the greatest backcourts of all time. The team’s six NBA championships are tied for third-most in NBA history with the Chicago Bulls. According to Forbes, the Warriors are the seventh highest valued sports franchise in the United States, and joint-tenth in the world, with an estimated value of approximately $3.1 billion.