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Warriors vs. Jazz preview: Golden State is back in action at home aiming for first place

That look on Alec Burks' face might sum up the Utah Jazz fans' feeling towards tonight's game - this one has a chance of not being too competitive. If that's the case we'll hopefully ooh and ahh at a few passes, crossovers, and transition plays as we continue to build on the new fundamentals that Steve Kerr is instilling.

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When/Where: 7:30 p.m. PT at Oracle Arena.

Watch/Listen: The game will be broadcast on NBA League Pass, CSN Bay Area, and ROOT SPORTS, as well as KZNS and KNBR 680 AM.

Standings: We are 8-2, ranked second in the Western Conference, while the Jazz are 5-7 at 11th. Utah is ranked second in a relatively weak Northwest Division (four teams with losing records), and yes, we are first in the Pacific Division, boasting four teams with winning records. According to the most recent NBA power rankings, we are first league-wide, and Utah is 22nd. We already have a blemished home record (4-1), so there's no extra pressure there. Utah is 2-5 on the road.

Defensive Stats: The Dubs are 13th in points allowed through 10 games (98.3), and the Jazz are 19th (101.0). We hold opponents to a mere 29.5% from the arc (good for third behind the Spurs and Rockets), while Utah is 24th in this regard (38.1%). Safe to expect us to get our fair share from deep? I think so.

Offensive Stats: We score 108.6 points per game (second), with Utah scoring 97.6 per game (19th). Both teams shoot a lot of threes; the Warriors are at 25.4 per game, Utah at 23.0 per game. We're first in assisted field goal percentage at 56.2% (ahem, Kerr), Utah is 9th at 51.3%.

Recent form: The Warriors are on a 3-game win streak; Utah won its last game against the Thunder at home by 17 points. Before that they lost at Toronto by 18, and Trey Burke hit a game-winner for them at New York last Friday. The Warriors have also had four days off; hopefully our squad remembers what sport they're playing. The Jazz have had just one game in the last five nights.

Historical Data: We did sweep them 4-0 last year. But since 1946, we have a paltry 71-108 record against Utah. So we need this one. That's still quite the mountain to climb.

Injuries: Still no timetable for David Lee's return. Rodney Hood is expected to travel but not play for the Jazz; when healthy he's been playing about 16 minutes per game off the bench.

Random: Bogut will have a fellow Aussie in the house in rookie Dante Exum. If we win tonight, and Memphis loses to Boston, that No. 1 seed is ours. Apparently seven of their players are questionable because of a stomach virus -- let's hope the Celtics pounce.

Check out the Jazz blog here.

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