The Jazz accomplished a rare feat in the NBA; winning a Game Seven on the road, against a veteran and proud team nonetheless. And their reward is one night of rest and then a trip to Oakland to take on the best team in the NBA. Good luck!
It’s a tough turnaround for sure, but there is some thought that the Jazz’s blend of gritty, defensive toughness, veteran shot makers, and versatile athletic scorers could be a recipe to give the Warriors trouble. Are you buying it? Is this going to be more than a five game (at most) series??
Meanwhile, Boston looked fantastic for the last three quarters of their opening game against Washington, turning a disastrous opening few minutes (14-0 Wiz) into a no-sweat route. That’s five straight wins in the postseason now for the C’s, who if you erased the first two games of the Bulls series (and with everything that went on emotionally, it seems fair to do), have LOOKED like the #1 seed to this point. Can they do it again tonight?
We have had a rough weekend, dropping three straight after winning two in a row to lead in to the weekend, so it is time to get back on track with a win tonight. I think I know just where to look…
Today’s NBA Pick:
Utah Jazz at Golden State Warriors -13.5
The Warriors are winning this series. They are winning it convincingly. Tonight, is a great opportunity to make sure the Jazz don’t get any false confidence and I think Golden State will pounce all over it. There is some sentiment out there that the Jazz can compete because of their methodical defensive style and the fact the are the only team to hold Golden State under 100 points all season in a 105-99 win in Utah.
However, that game saw Klay sitting on the bench and the Jazz playing without Gordon Hayward in a sluggish, low-scoring, less-than-pretty affair. The Jazz also held the Warriors to just 104 points in their game in Oakland… and lost 104-74 in a humbling blowout.
Tonight, the Warriors come in rested while Utah has to quickly shed the excitement of a big Game Seven road victory and get back to work. There will be some fatigue, both emotional and physical and the Jazz will likely be one key cog down with Derrick Favors listed as questionable for tonight.
I like Golden State to come out and bury them early and send a clear message that they can win at any tempo, but also show they can speed up the Jazz a bit – especially in Oracle Arena.
Thirteen and a half is a ton to lay down, especially in a second-round playoff game, but this is a different team with blowout anyone in the league potential. Add in the Jazz fatigue and tonight is the night for a romp.
Today’s NBA Pick: GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS -13.5