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Zaza Pachulia is back in the starting lineup as Golden State looks for their second straight win.

NBA: Playoffs-Utah Jazz at Golden State Warriors Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors haven’t faced the Utah Jazz since the second round of the playoffs. Since then, a lot has changed for Utah. Gordon Hayward and George Hill left in free agency, and Rudy Gobert suffered an injury that will sideline him for tonight’s game.

But Utah has added Ricky Rubio, and a very exciting rookie in Donovan Mitchell. So the Jazz will certainly be throwing some things at the Warriors that Golden State didn’t experience the last time these teams met up.

For the Warriors, it looks like Andre Iguodala will play, which means that everyone is healthy, except Stephen Curry.

Also of note is Zaza Pachulia, who is back in the starting lineup after getting a healthy DNP on Christmas day. Jordan Bell, who got the nod against the Cleveland Cavaliers, is back to the bench, and Shaun Livingston will be starting in Curry’s place.

Steve Kerr commented on the rotating center position, saying that Pachulia will start the bulk of the games going forward. Kerr did, however, leave the door open to Bell getting some spot starts depending on the matchup, which was the case against the Cavs.

Utah may have a losing record, but they have a very nice net rating, so they could provide some problems, even without Gobert. Let’s hope the Dubs are up for it.