The Utah Jazz and Golden State Warriors both play their second game of the season on Friday night. Both teams will enter the night at 1-0, but only one team can stay undefeated. Both teams played some close games against each other last season, so I would expect another close matchup on Friday night.
The Jazz finished with a 48-34 record last season. Utah earned the fifth seed in the Western Conference. The Jazz had a really solid season and it carried into the playoffs. Utah met up against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round and won in six games. The Jazz lost in the second round against the Houston Rockets in five games.
The Golden State Warriors ended the regular season with a 58-24 record. The Warriors went on a 16-5 run to win the NBA Finals. Golden State rolled through the San Antonio Spurs, New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers in route to their second straight championship.
Golden State is favored on the road by two and a half points. The Warriors have dealt with the supposed “championship hangover” before, so I do not expect Golden State to start off this season slow. Golden State looked solid in their first win, which means Utah will need to put together a really good performance to pull off the win on Friday night.
Last Season’s Matchups
The first game between these two teams was in Golden State. The Warriors pulled off a dominant 125-101 win. Kevin Durant scored 21 points, which led the Warriors. Rodney Hood led the Jazz in points off the bench with 26. Golden State shot at almost sixty percent in the game.
Utah hosted the second game of the season. Klay Thomson had a pretty dominant night with 27 points, but it was not enough for the Warriors. Ricky Rubio, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell each dropped 20 plus points. The Jazz dominated with a 129-99 win.
In the third matchup of the season, the Warriors were without Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. Quinn Cook led Golden State in points with 17. Donovan Mitchell put up 21 points and Rudy Gobert dropped 17 points and 15 rebounds as the Jazz rolled to a 110-91 win.
In the final matchup of the season, the Jazz pulled off a 119-79 win. Klay Thompson led the Warriors in points with 23. Donovan Mitchell dropped 22 points to help lead the Jazz to the win. Golden State was again without Stephen Curry.
The Jazz dominated the season series with a 3-1 record. Utah was one of the few teams that found success consistently against the Warriors. Golden State will look to turn that around with a road win early this season. Utah went 2-0 at home last season and they will want to repeat that with a win to start this season.
Utah played their first game of the season against the Kings in Sacramento. The Jazz had a solid 123-117 win on the road. Donovan Mitchell had 24 points, while Joe Ingles dropped 22 points. Utah’s offense was rolling, but their defense struggled to slow down the Kings. Sacramento shot a little over 50 percent.
Golden State met up against Oklahoma City on opening night. The Warriors celebrated last season’s championship run with a win against the Thunder. Stephen Curry dropped 32 points and Kevin Durant scored 27 in route to a 108-100 win.
The Jazz put together a better offensive performance, but against the Kings it is not super impressive. Utah will get a real test against the Warriors defense. Golden State was able to hold the Thunder to around 36 percent shooting. The Warriors offense also has the ability to go off on just about any night.
Golden State has the better roster, which makes me like them to take the win on the road. Utah had a lot of success against the Warriors last season, which I doubt Golden State has forgotten. The Warriors will look for revenge on Friday night.
Last season, the Warriors and Jazz saw a lot of high scoring games against each other. These games were not very close, but one of those teams found a way to put up big numbers. I believe we could see another high scoring game on Friday night.
BetOnline has this game listed with an over/under of 218. This means each team needs to break about 109 points to go over. These teams found ways to put up big numbers against each other last season. I believe the best bet is on the over. Golden State has one of the best offenses and Utah’s defense struggled in their first game, which makes me believe this is a setup for a high scoring affair.