10 p.m. ET – Utah (-2) at Golden State O/U: 225.5
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Utah Jazz||-2 (-110)||-130||O 225½ (-110)|
|Golden State Warriors||+2 (-110)||+110||U 225½ (-110)|
The 50-18 Jazz travel to the Bay Area to take on the 35-33 Warriors on Monday night for a big game with huge Western Conference playoff standing implications. Utah is back on top of the conference after winning five games in a row, including a 124-116 win over the lowly Rockets on Saturday night. Golden State hammered the Thunder on Saturday night, 136-97, to remain in the eighth spot in the conference.
Utah will be without its leading scorer Donavon Mitchell for Monday night’s matchup as he remains sidelined with a right ankle injury. Center Rudy Gobert will be leading the charge for the Jazz, and he had a monster game with 24 points and 28 rebounds in the previous meeting against the Warriors.
Guard Mike Conley has missed the last seven games, but it has not slowed down the Jazz, who appear to be prioritizing rest and avoiding pressing for wins down the stretch. Guard Bojan Bogdanovic has stepped up without Conley and Mitchell, averaging 28.1 points per game on 58-percent shooting in his last seven games. Bogdanovic had a career-high 48 points on 16-for-23 shooting from the field last Friday night against the Nuggets.
Former MVP Stephen Curry has carried Golden State this season, leading the team with 31.9 points per game. Curry lit up Oklahoma City on Saturday night for 49 points on 14-of-26 shooting from the floor. Forward Andrew Wiggins has started all 68 games for the Warriors this year, averaging 18.3 points.
The Warriors need all of their key players down the stretch to limit the amount of play-in games they need to win to earn a best-of-7 series against a top seed out West.
The Jazz will be playing their third game in four nights on Monday night, which is going to be a tough task with Conley and Mitchell sidelined. Conley is going to be a particularly tough loss for this one, because while they looked fine without him against the Rockets, Steph Curry presents a myriad of extra issues for the Jazz defense.
Take Curry to lead the surging Warriors to a win that could prove pivotal in their pursuit of favorable Western Conference playoff positioning.
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