It looks as though the result will only be going one way as the Jazz visit the Oakland based side that are sitting pretty in the Western play-offs.
It’s been a long struggle of Utah this season, having won only one from all nine of their games so far and have leaked over 300 points in their last three outings on the road. With problems both on the field and off it, the Salt Lake City side have waived veteran point guard Jamaal Tinsley after an average of only 1.1 per game and are still without Trey Burke who won’t have his right index finger re-evaluated until November 25.
Wednesday was a massive step into rectifying their poor form however, which saw them surpass 100 points for the first time this season. Against an equally poor Pelicans side, Jazz’s young guns finally started to make their mark in the NBA with Gordon Hayward putting in one of his finer performances in a Jazz shirt with 27 points and 10 assists, whilst Swiss 21-year old Enes Kanter had 21 points and 10 rebounds. Alongside Derrick Favors, who took a career-high five steaks, it could be the confidence boost the Jazz need following a torrid start which saw Kevin Durant teach them a lesson in the first game of the season.
The Warriors however have no such problems and have recently extended the contract of Center Andrew Bogut, who leads the side’s blocks per game average and has been instrumental in their season so far.
A tough game against OKC on Thursday, when they clung on to a one point victory in a tense final quarter may have a say in their performance at the EnergySolutions Arena, but with four wins in their last six, it shouldn’t play a huge part in a side who sit inside the play-offs performance. Wins against the Pistons, the Timberwolves and the 76ers in the early stages of the season have turned them into contenders, whilst Stephen Curry’s baskets and assists are leading the team to the playoffs for the second year running.
Despite what should be a comfortable victory for the Warriors, they will have to be wary. Utah’s young starlets will have their tails up following their first win of the season and look to replicate that feeling again against a team who will be coming off the back of a tough game hosting City Thunder. It could be the beginning of a streak for the Jazz, though that’s unlikely.