The second and eighth best teams of the Western Conference are clashing tonight, when the Utah Jazz (41-32), who are looking to bounce back and secure a place in the upcoming postseason, are visiting the defending champions Golden State Warriors (54-18), who are playing without four of their five starters.
Date/Time: 03-25-2018, 20:30 EDT
Spread: Golden State Warriors +4.5
Golden State are 54-18 so far in the league and are sitting in the second place of the West. In their latest matchup they were victorious against Atlanta at home with a 106-94 score. Kevin Durant leads the team in scoring with 26.6 ppg, adding 6.8 boards and 5.4 dimes per game. He is followed by Stephen Curry with 26.3 ppg, 5.1 boards and 6.2 dimes per game, while Klay Thompson adds 19.7 ppg. All three of them are unavailable to injuries and Curry will miss the rest of the season.
Top Basketball BookmakersUtah are 41-32 so far in the league and are sitting on the 8th place of the West. They 1-2 in their last three games and in their latest matchup they got defeated by San Antonio on the road in overtime with a 120-124 score. Donovan Mitchell leads the team in scoring with 20.3 ppg, while Rudy Gobert adds 14 ppg and a team-best 10.7 boards per game. Ricky Rubio adds 12.8 ppg, 4.5 boards and a team-best 5.4 dimes per game.
Each team was victorious at home in their two previous matchups this season (Golden State by 25 points and Utah by 30). Golden State have a 28-8 home record this season, while Utah are 17-20 on the road. Golden State are the best offensive team in the NBA with 114.8 ppg to Utah’s 103.4, while Utah have the second-best defense, allowing 100.3 ppg to Golden State’s 107.2. Golden State lead the league in accuracy from the field with 50.65% to Utah’s 45.78%, in accuracy from behind the arc with 39.26% to Utah’s 36.49% and in assists dished, with 29.8 to Utah’s 21.9. Golden State also grab more rebounds, with 43.8 to Utah’s 42.9. Golden State are locked in the 2nd place of the West and they will not be rushing their star players into action. Utah on the other hand are fighting for their playoff lives and expect them to get away with the road win tonight.
Utah Jazz vs Golden State Warriors Prediction: Utah Jazz -4.5 (-110)