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Preview: Warriors searching for win against young Jazz squad

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Golden State travels to Salt Lake City to try and get back to its winning ways after an OT heartbreaker against Chicago at home.

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors (36-7) @ Utah Jazz (16-30)

EnergySolutions Arena - Salt Lake City, Utah

6:00 p.m. PST

Radio: KNBR 680 AM | TV: CSN Bay Area

Buddy Blog: SLC Dunk

The overtime loss against the Chicago Bulls still stings as the Warriors 19-game home winning streak was snapped. Nevertheless, Klay Thompson was rewarded with his first All-Star selection and Dub Nation will be represented by both Splash Brothers in New York.

Embarking on a quick one-game road trip, the Warriors will need silence the Jazz before they enter another stretch of four games in five nights on February 3 following a quick pitstop at home against the Suns. Golden State has won the last six meetings against Utah and aim to win the season series once again. In their last matchup, Stephen Curry's 27 points and 11 assists ignited the Warriors to a 116-105 victory.

Aside from Klay's blistering scoring and Steph's splashing and dishing these days, it will be interesting to see what Golden State can get from its bench. In particular, David Lee seems to be progressing and moving well despite on and off shooting nights. The power forward set a season-high of 24 points along with nine rebounds and six assists in the Chicago loss. Lee remains an integral part of the Warriors' second unit and his contributions will be needed especially considering a matchup against Jazz backup big man Rudy Gobert.

Gobert, a sophomore from France is an intriguing prospect who is still extremely raw. His minutes were limited in his rookie year as he had to play behind Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors. It seems as if Gobert has not even scratched the surface as his per 36 minutes numbers are comparable to someone like Andre Drummond. Rudy Gobert is long and could be a wildcard in this meeting.

Predictions

  • Steph records some sort of 20-point 10-assist double-double
  • Klay heats up early and drops an efficient 20+ points
  • Draymond Green does a little bit of everything: points, boards, dimes, blocks and steals
  • Dubs get a balanced effort off the pine from Andre Iguodala, David Lee, Shaun Livingston and Marreese Speights
  • Warriors avoid a 0-13 three-point shooting half
  • The game is tight early but Golden State takes off in the second half and beats Utah 105-89.

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