Bet on the Golden State at Utah NBA Lines
Steph Curry and the defending champion Golden State Warriors will look to take the next step toward 73 wins when they visit the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. However, with Utah coming off arguably its most impressive win of the NBA betting season the last time out and still fighting for their playoff lives, this game could end up being a lot tougher for the Dubs than it looks on the surface.
Now, let’s find out if the Jazz can pull off the upset a home.
Bet on the Golden State at Utah NBA Lines & Game Info
When: Wednesday, March 30, 9 PM ET
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City
TV: CSBN (Oakland market), ROOT (Salt Lake City market)
Radio: Golden State / Utah
NBA Odds: Warriors favored by TBA
Why Bet The Utah Jazz
The Jazz pounded Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers so thoroughly in their 123-75 blowout on Monday night that the San Andreas fault line might have shifted a bit from the beatdown.
Seriously though, I don’t know what to make out of Utah’s win, but I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt even though its clear that the Lakers have quit on the season.
The Jazz have won four of their last five games and eight of their last 10 games overall and have watched 2014 first round draft pick Rodney Hood go completely bonkers since the all-star break.
Hood scored a game-high 30 points – all in the first half – while draining eight of nine three-point attempts as Utah moved within 1.5 games of overtaking Portland for sixth place in the Western Conference payoff race.
“It (the hoop) looked really big. Rudy (Gobert) got a couple of offensive rebounds,” Hood said. “I got a couple of clean looks and from there I just kept shooting. My teammates told me to keep shooting. It’s just a great team effort by us tonight.”
Utah improved to 37-37, to get back to .500 for the first time since they were 28-28 on Feb. 23.
“Obviously, I think as long as he’s playing the right way, he’s going to have some nights like this,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “He’s going to have some nights where it doesn’t go in as much. The crucial thing is for him not to question what it is he’s doing unless he’s not getting good shots.”
Why Bet The Golden State Warriors
The Warriors have won four straight and got past Philadelphia 117-105 on Sunday despite failing to cover the spread as a 21.5-point home favorite.
The Dubs got a game-high 40 points from red-hot shooting guard Klay Thompson and 20 points from reigning league MVP Steph Curry and now have their sights set on reaching 73 wins to set a new league record.
Had coach Steve Kerr addressed the topic last week.
“I think it’s a good question now,” Kerr told reporters. “It was a good question then [months ago), I just it just wasn’t anything I was interested in addressing, because it was so early.”
“But you’re right now, we’re right there,” he continued. “We’re 12 games away; we need to win 10 to set the record. That’s pretty enticing.”
All-star power forward Draymond Green was equally forthcoming about his team’s chase for the record. “I’m not going to shy away from saying we want the record. We want the record, and we’re going after it.”
The Warriors are averaging a league-best 115.5 points per game on 48.8 percent shooting while limiting the opposition to 104.3 points on 43.5 percent shooting.
Stephen Curry is averaging a league-high 30.0 points and 6.6 assists per game while Klay Thompson is averaging 22.7 points per contest.
Expert Betting Pick & Final Score Prediction
Call me crazy, but I’m thinking the Golden State Warriors could be in a bit of trouble in this contest. Okay, so when I say trouble, I mean they’re not winning this contest by double digits.
While the spread for this pairing isn’t yet set, I’m going on record to say that the Jazz keep the final score somewhere in the neighborhood of a half-dozen points.
Golden State will play Washington on Tuesday night, so this game will be on the back end of consecutive contests and that doesn’t bode well for the Dubs.
The Warriors are just 1-5 ATS in their last six games playing on zero days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
Conversely, the Utah Jazz are a perfect 4-0 ATS in their last four home games and a blistering 9-1 ATS in their last 10 home games against a team with a winning record.
While the Warriors are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against the Jazz, the home team in this series is a perfect 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings overall.
My final score prediction is Golden State 106 Utah 101