The daily preview muscles into the paint with NBA tips as Steph Curry’s Golden State Warriors host the league-leading Utah Jazz.
12:00 (AEST), Tue 11th May @ Chase Center, San Francisco
History: Played 207: Jazz 119 V Warriors 88
Last meeting: March 14, 2021: Warriors 131 d Jazz 119 at Chase Center
Final Thoughts: Golden State Warriors are fighting for two bites at the play-in tournament cherry, while Utah Jazz have one hand on the Western Conference’s top seed.
The 35-33 Warriors sit eighth in the West but have the Grizzlies breathing down their necks. They have won four of five games in May, including consecutive home victories over the Thunder (118-97 and 136-97) in recent days.
Steph Curry went off for 49 points and Draymond Green (15 pts, 13 ast) was prominent in the latter blowout.
After an up-and-down April, the 50-18 Jazz have moved two wins clear of the Suns courtesy of a five-game winning streak.
Bojan Bogdanovic piled on a career-high 48 points – including eight threes – in an impressive 127-120 win over the Nuggets late last week. Georges Niang (24 pts) tied his career high the following day as Utah put away Houston 124-116.
The Jazz continue to hum offensively (third in the NBA for points per game) despite the absence of All-Stars Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley.
The Jazz have won five of their last six against the Warriors, but honours have been shared so far this season.
Mitchell (23 pts, 7 reb, 6 ast) shone in the Jazz’s 127-108 home victory in January. But Curry (32 pts, 9 reb), Andrew Wiggins (28 pts) and Green (11 pts, 12 reb, 12 ast) turned the tables on the league leaders in March with a 131-119 win in San Francisco – despite a herculean performance from Rudy Gobert (24 pts, 28 reb).
The Warriors are 21-11 at home this season (19-13 against the line). The Jazz are 19-14 on the road (16-17 ATS).
Curry’s red-hot shooting gives the Warriors a huge chance against any opposition. But the Jazz are rolling nicely again and look good value as only narrow favourites.
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