Jazz vs. Warriors Pick
With nothing really at stake, can the Golden State Warriors still pick up a double-digit win at home over the Utah Jazz tonight at 10:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Warriors are favored at home tonight, as they are getting odds of -10 points against the Jazz. The over/under total for the game is listed at 207 points. Golden State has won seven straight meetings with the Jazz and the Warriors are 4-1 against the spread in the last five meetings.
Golden State is on a 14-game winning streak to get to 66-14 on the season. The Warriors have clinched the top seed in the West for the playoffs, but they just got Kevin Durant back from injury and may want to make sure the team is clicking with him back in the mix. Golden State is 39-38-3 against the spread this season and 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games. The Warriors are averaging 116.2 points per game on offense this season while allowing just 104.4 on defense. Over their last five, GS is putting up 122 per game on offense while allowing 106.4 on defense. Stephen Curry is leading the team with 25.3 points and 6.6 assists per game while Durant is averaging 25.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
Utah is coming off a 101-86 loss at Portland to fall to 49-31 on the season. The Jazz are tied with the Clippers for the fourth seed in the West, but Los Angeles has the tiebreaker. Utah is 35-42-3 against the spread on the season right now but just 1-3 ATS in their last four. The Jazz are averaging 100.6 points per game on offense this season while giving up just 96.7 on defense. Over their last five, the Jazz are putting up 102 points per game on offense while allowing 99.6 on defense. Utah is pretty banged up as Gordon Hayward, who is averaging 22 points per game, is questionable with a quad injury while George Hill is questionable with a groin injury. Hill averages 16.9 points per game. Rodney Hood and Derrick Favors are already both out with knee injuries.
The Jazz could use a win today, but it certainly seems like a major uphill climb with their current injury situation. Also, the Warriors are focused on getting Durant some good minutes before the playoffs to get him conditioned for the month ahead. While Klay Thompson may rest, the Warriors have enough firepower to win this game by double digits over a hampered Jazz squad.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS -10