The Utah Jazz (16-30) take on the NBA best Golden State Warriors (36-7) tonight at EnergySolutions Arena at 7:00 PM. The Warriors are coming off of an overtime loss on Tuesday to the Chicago Bulls. The Jazz have lost 2 straight after losing to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.
The Golden State Warriors lead the league in scoring at 111.1 points per game as well as in assists at 27.3 per game. The Warriors are known for their offense, however they are a tough team defensively as well. This game will prove to be another tough match-up for the Jazz. They will have to have an outstanding game defensively if they want to slow down Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. The Jazz will need to hold on to the ball, they can’t give the Warriors any extra chances. They will need be effective behind the 3-point line, they can’t just force them up just to shoot them. They need to stay within their offense.
Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz is expected to be in the lineup after missing practice on Thursday with sinus congestion. Hayward is leading the team in scoring at 19.0 points per game. Here he is with the media following shoot around:
Enes Kanter will be matched up against Warriors Center Andrew Bogut tonight who plays well both offensively and defensively. Here is Kanter with the media following shoot around:
Utah Jazz Head Coach Quin Snyder is impressed with the Warriors and knows that they are a team that is great in all aspects of the game. Here is Quin Snyder after shoot around with the media: