Jan 31, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) defends against Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) during the first half at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Game Preview: Utah Jazz @ Golden State Warriors

 

Utah Jazz (24-52, 8-30 road) @ Golden State Warriors (47-29, 25-13 home)

Tip Off @ 7:00 p.m. MST

Regular Season Series Game 4 of 4 (Warriors lead 3-0)

Overview

The Utah Jazz are coming off their first win in six games Friday night, but tonight’s contest against the Golden State Warriors will be a lot tougher task. Friday night, the Warriors also took the floor and gave up only 69 points in a blowout win over the Sacramento Kings. The Warriors are in the middle of a playoff push and are also looking to sweep the season series from the Jazz for the first time.

In their game against the Kings, Golden State held Sacramento to a season worst 32.1% shooting from the floor. They also did this without two of their starters. Big men David Lee and Andrew Bogut have been out for the last few games for the Warriors. With Lee and Bogut possibly being out again for the Warriors, the Jazz could be able to take advantage of the paint. The Jazz have always struggled when going up against Lee and Bogut. A match up of Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter against Mareese Speights and Jermaine O’Neal is a much better match up for Utah.

Key Match Up: Trey Burke vs Stephen Curry

When healthy, there is a key match up everywhere on the court when you play the Warriors. Tonight, the Warriors will go as Curry goes. In three games against the Jazz this season, Curry has gone pretty well. Curry has averaged 27.0 points and 7.7 assists per game against the Jazz.

Trey will have his hands full, as most opposing point guards do, trying to slow down Curry. Trey has only played in one game against the Warriors this season, and in that one game, Trey did not play great. Trey went for 4.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 6.0 assists in that game before fouling out.

If the Jazz want to have any chance, Trey will need to play much better than he did in their last match up against the Warriors. As easy as that is to say, it is much harder to do, and I don’t see Trey going for a stellar game on the road against a tough team trying to make the playoffs. Could be a rough night for the young point guard.

Conclusion

The Jazz have been talking lately about how they are vying to finish this season strong, and that they are not trying to tank for a better lottery position. That may be true, but tonight, the Jazz might look like they are doing a little bit of a tank job. This game has the chance to get ugly real quick if the Jazz don’t show some fight on the defensive end.

Curry and Klay Thompson could catch fire if they get wide open shots. Most of the wide open shots that the two get against the Jazz have come in transition. If the Jazz want to have any chance of slowing down the Warriors, they need to make them play more of a half court game. One the Warriors get running, they can be really tough to stop. The Jazz are more than likely going to fall to the Warriors on the road, but here is hoping it doesn’t get too bad.

Warriors 101, Jazz 86

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