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Golden State Warriors vs. Utah Jazz
February 15, 2024
The Golden State Warriors get set to clash against the Utah Jazz on Thursday night inside the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is a makeup game from back on January 17
. They tip it off at 9:00 pm.
has installed the Warriors as a slim 2.5-point favorite in this game.
Golden State Warriors Betting Preview
There was a recent report that Golden State tried to trade for Lakers superstar LeBron James, which is wild when you consider many thought the Warriors would be the team that would be sellers not buyers. In any event it did not work out and now both teams must play the hand they have been dealt.
Golden State still has veteran shooting guard Stephen Curry who is still able to light up the scoreboard on any given night. They also got back power forward Draymond Green, who is good for at least a double-double a night, as he is averaging nine points and six boards. Once he gets his legs back from under him, those numbers will go up quickly.
He can still rebound and play defense and that is what this team needs. But their main missing ingredient is another scorer for Curry. Veteran Klay Thompson is not the player he once was and the days of him scoring 30 plus points and knocking down a ton of three-point shots are over.
He has been benched several times this season and his inconsistent play is the cause of that. He is only averaging 17 points a game and is only shooting 37.3 from beyond the arc, which is low for him. Curry is still their best offensive option and he is leading the team with an average of 28 points per game.
Utah Jazz Betting Preview
The Jazz have had a tough little run of some very difficult losses against good teams. They have dropped five of seven overall as they entered Wednesday night's action against the Lakers.
They need to get on a run here and start winning some games and their winning streaks have been far and few this season. It is now looking like a long shot this team makes the playoffs and that would be disappointing to a fan base that had high expectations coming into the season.
Their one lone bright spot has been Lauri Markkanen, who has had a nice season but needs to take on more of a responsibility when it comes to their offense. He connects on a very solid 50% from the floor, and does a ton of damage in transition and when he is running the fast break. He is a great trailer and can finish near the rim. They would love for him to have a 30 plus type of game in order to win this one.
Utah as a whole connects on 54% from the floor overall, including 36% from three-point land.
Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick
The Jazz are 2-3 in their last five games and 2-3 in their last five games against the spread. They are 13-16 in their roadgames against the spread. The Warriors are 5-0 in their last five games and 5-0 in their last five games against the number too. They are a very solid 16-8 in their road games against the spread.
Spooky Express Pick: Jazz + 2.5
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