Warriors had a long rest after defeating Blazers 4-0. Jazz defeated LAC 4-3 in what has been an entertaining series and last games of #34 Paul Pierce.
Durant is back and GSW is back on track. Well, almost, as Steve Kerr will not be on the sidelines for first two games and Mike Brown will take his place. Though we know GSW does not really need a head coach to win, it might still hurt in some situations.
But the main reason is Utah, as this team just does not like to lose big. In 91 games this season only four times this handicap was covered against Jazz. Sure, one time it was GSW, but all things considered and having in mind Utah's only chance is slowing the tempo down, +14 is just too much. Back door cover a possibility, too.