Golden State Warriors vs Utah Jazz Preview and Predictions -12-13-2019
The Utah Jazz will host the Golden State Warriors in a Western Conference tilt Wednesday night from the Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Warriors dropped a 124-122 home decision to the Knicks on Wednesday night, and the Jazz tallied a 127-116 road win against the Timberwolves in their latest action. The Jazz lead the season series 2-0.
Warriors Fall to Knicks in Overtime
The Golden State Warriors will look to avoid their third straight loss in this tough road matchup. The Warriors continue to stumble, losing eight out of their last ten games overall which included a 124-122 overtime home loss to the lowly Knicks on Wednesday night.
D’Angelo Russell has netted 18 or fewer points in four out of his last five games overall. The 23-year old shooting guard is having a productive season, averaging a team-best 22.7 points on 44% shooting. Eric Paschall has cooled down, recording 13 or fewer points in each of his last three games. The 23-year old power forward is having a solid rookie year, logging 16.1 PPG and 5 RPG. Draymond Green tallied the triple-double with 14 points, 10 boards, and 12 assists in the loss to the Knicks. The veteran power forward has compiled an average of 9.1 points and 6.2 rebounds. Golden State continues to play without Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
The Warriors are having trouble on the road where they hold a 3-12 record on the season. Golden State is averaging 105.2 points, ranking them 26th in the NBA. They are allowing an average of 114.2 points, positioning them 22nd overall.
Jazz Target Third Win Over Warriors
The Utah Jazz’ are hunting for their third win over the Warriors this season. They won 122-108 in the first meeting and tallied a narrow 113-109 home win in the next clash. Utah recorded a road 127-116 victory over the Timberwolves on Wednesday night. The Jazz have been inconsistent recently, and have lost two out of their last three home games.
Donovan Mitchell was outstanding in Wednesday’s victory in Minnesota, sinking 30 points on a 13 for 20 shooting performance. The 23-year old shooting guard is consistently producing, netting at least 22 points in four consecutive games, and he is sporting an average of 24.9 PPG on 44% shooting. Mitchell is averaging 26.5 points in two games against the Warriors this season.
Rudy Gobert continues to shine, recording a combined 33 rebounds in his last two games, and he collected 19 points on Wednesday. The veteran center is having a tremendous season, logging an average of 14.7 points and 13.7 rebounds.Bojan Bogdanovic is struggling, shooting below 40% in three straight games, and he is averaging 20.3 PPG. Mike Conley is questionable for this contest.
The Jazz feature a 9-3 record on their home court this season. They are not a high scoring team, averaging 105.9 points, ranking them 22nd overall. Utah is a terrific defensive team that is holding opponents only 106.4 points, good for ninth in the NBA.
The Utah Jazz are an American professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Jazz compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league’s Western Conference, Northwest Division. Since 1991, the team has played its home games at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The franchise began play as an expansion team in 1974 as the New Orleans Jazz (as a tribute to New Orleans’ history of originating Jazz music). The Jazz moved to Salt Lake City in 1979.
The Jazz were one of the least successful teams in the league in their early years. Although 10 seasons elapsed before the Jazz qualified for their first playoff appearance in 1984, they did not miss the playoffs again until 2004. During the late 1980s, John Stockton and Karl Malone arose as the franchise players for the team, and formed one of the most famed point guard–power forward duos in NBA history. Led by coach Jerry Sloan, who took over from Frank Layden in 1988, they became one of the powerhouse teams of the 1990s, culminating in two NBA Finals appearances in 1997 and 1998, where they lost both times to the Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan.
Both Stockton and Malone moved on in 2003. After missing the playoffs for three consecutive seasons the Jazz returned to prominence under the on-court leadership of point guard Deron Williams. However, partway through the 2010–11 season, the Jazz began restructuring after Sloan’s retirement and Williams’ trade to the New Jersey Nets. Quin Snyder was hired as head coach in June 2014.
Under Snyder’s leadership, the Jazz have experienced success. The franchise qualified for the playoffs for three consecutive years from 2017–2019 with players such as Gordon Hayward, Rudy Gobert, Mike Conley Jr. and Donovan Mitchell as centerpieces.