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Game Preview: Warriors at Jazz - 1/30/18

BACK ON THE ROAD
After going 3-0 on their recent homestand, the Dubs open a three-game road trip on Tuesday against the Jazz. This will mark this season’s second of four Warriors-Jazz matchups, and the first in Salt Lake City. The Dubs beat the Jazz in this season’s first meeting, a 126-101 triumph at Oracle Arena. The road trip opener will tip off at 6:00 p.m. on the West Coast, and fans can watch the game on NBC Sports Bay Area or listen to the radio broadcast on 95.7 The Game, the Warriors Mobile App and the Warriors Radio Network.

LAST TIME OUT
Stephen Curry had 13 of his 49 points in the final two minutes of Saturday’s epic 109-105 win over the Celtics. Full Recap


MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW UTA
40-10 21-28
1st in West 10th in West
PTS: 116 (1st) PTS: 101.4 (26th)
REB: 44.2 (12th) REB: 41.2 (25th)
AST: 30.6 (1st) AST: 21 (25th)

LAST GAME'S STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia
UTA: Ricky Rubio, Donovan Mitchell, Joe Ingles, Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Stephen Curry (right shoulder soreness) and Patrick McCaw (mid back strain) are available to play. Kevon Looney (flu-like symptoms) and Jordan Bell (left ankle inflammation) are out. Damian Jones, Quinn Cook and Chris Boucher are with the Santa Cruz Warriors. Team Notes
UTA: Rodney Hood (lower leg contusion), Thabo Sefolosha (right knee surgery) and Dante Exum (left shoulder surgery) are out. Tony Bradley, Eirk McCree and Georges Niang are on G Leauge assignment. Team Notes

SUPER STEPH
He sure is fun to watch, isn’t he? Warriors fans are used to Stephen Curry’s heroics by now, but they still had to be entertained by the two-time MVP’s dominant performance in Golden State’s win over the Celtics on Saturday. In addition to scoring a season-high 49 points (the second-most he’s ever scored at Oracle Arena), Curry also converted 8-of-13 three-point attempts on the night. That marked Curry’s fifth-straight game with five-or-more made threes, which places him one game behind George McCloud (six-straight in 1995-96) for the longest such streak in NBA history. Additionally, it was Curry's 36th career game making at least eight treys. The next three players with the most such games in NBA history – JR Smith, Klay Thompson and Ray Allen – have combined for 33 such games.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW UTA
PTS: Curry (28.1) PTS: Mitchell (19.2)
REB: Green (7.9) REB: Gobert (9.8)
AST: Green (7.4) AST: Rubio (4.8)

UTAH SCOUTING REPORT
While the Jazz still have 23 games remaining on their regular season schedule, they’re running out of time. At 21-28 on the season, Utah currently occupies 10th place in the West, but they sit five games behind Denver for the final playoff spot in the conference. After struggling mightily in December, the Jazz have been playing better as of late, and are coming off consecutive road wins over the Pistons and Raptors. Rookie phenom Donovan Mitchell just might be the steal of the draft, and defensive stalwart Rudy Gobert has played the last five games after missing the previous 15 contests due to injury. One of those games he missed was the 126-101 Warriors’ win over the Jazz back on December 27th, and Utah will surely be hoping for a different result on Tuesday with their defensive leader back in tow.

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