Game Preview: Warriors vs. Jazz - 2/12/19
The Warriors meet the Utah Jazz for the third and final regular season matchup between the two teams.
ON A ROLL
The Warriors will meet the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena for their third and final regular season matchup. The two teams split this season’s previous games, with both being close contests in Salt Lake City. The Dubs beat the Jazz on a game-winning tip-in back from Jonas Jerebko in October, but the Jazz got one back with a five-point victory over the Dubs in December. Both come into Tuesday’s matchup with some momentum, as the Dubs have won 15 of their last 16 games and the Jazz have won 12 of their last 15 games.
Tuesday’s contest will be the last Warriors home game before the All-Star break, and the first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a Baron Davis bobblehead that commemorates the former guard's epic dunk against the Jazz in the 2007 NBA Playoffs. Additionally, in partnership with The Obama Foundation’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, the Warriors will be hosting a book drive as part of the night's festivities. All fans attending the game are encouraged to bring any new or gently-used books to donate. For a list of suggested books, visit warriors.com/bookdrive.
LAST TIME OUT
Kevin Durant scored 11 of his 39 points in the last 4:05 and DeMarcus Cousins made a pair of game-winning free throws as the Dubs edged the Heat 120-118 on Sunday evening. » Full Game Recap
MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
|1st in West||6th in West|
|PTS: 119.1 (1st)||PTS: 109.2 (20th)|
|REB: 46.5 (8th)||REB: 45.2 (14th)|
|AST: 29.5 (1st)||AST: 25.0 (11th)|
LAST GAME'S STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins and Draymond Green
UTAH: Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Ricky Rubio, Joe Ingles and Derrick Favors
INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) is out. Andre Iguodala (left hamstring tightness) and Jacob Evans (left pelvic soreness) is TBD. Team Notes
UTAH: Dante Exum (ankle) and Tony Bradley (knee) are out. Team Notes
30 FOR 30 AGAINST UTAH
Stephen Curry has been eerily consistent against the Utah Jazz this season. In their October and December matchups, Curry went off for 31 and 32 points respectively. He did so on 24 and 21 FGAs while playing 37 minutes in both games. From beyond the arc, he finished with identical stats: five shots made on nine attempts. Considering the Dubs are 22-5 this season when Curry makes at least five treys, the Dubs would certainly be happy with another Curry splash party vs. Utah.
|PTS: Curry (28.6)||PTS: Mitchell (22.4)|
|REB: Green (7.7)||REB: Gobert (12.8)|
|AST: Green (7.4)||AST: Rubio (6.1)|
UTAH SCOUTING REPORT
The Utah Jazz are led by the high-flying Donovan Mitchell. The sophomore player, at just 22 years of age, has proven his ability to play at the NBA level, averaging over 21 points for his young career. Besides his scoring ability, he also fits the defensive mold of this Jazz squad. Mitchell is one of three starters (Joe Ingles and Ricky Rubio) who average over one steal per night. Rudy Gobert (2.2 blocks) and Derrick Favors (1.3 blocks) are ones to watch-out for as they patrol the paint, too. Utah currently ranks third in opponent's points per game (105.8 points) and fourth in defensive rating, so Golden State will need to make each possession count.
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