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Jazz seeking rare season sweep of Warriors

According to STATS
According to STATS

Utah Jazz at Golden State Warriors

  1. The Jazz are 7-3 against the Warriors since 2017-18, the best record of any team against Golden State. In three wins this season, the Jazz have scored 110+ in each game while shooting 43.8 percent from three.
  2. Utah defeated Indiana on Monday, 118-88, shooting 54.0 percent from the floor. Utah leads the NBA in field-goal percentage this month at 50.3 percent. The last time the Jazz shot 50.0 percent or better in a single month was in January 2010 at 50.6 percent (minimum 10 games).
  3. Golden State lost at Portland in overtime on Monday, 129-124, their second overtime loss in their last three games. The Warriors are just 2-5 when scoring at least 120 points this season, the only team with a losing record in such games.
  4. Rudy Gobert has scored at least 20 points and grabbed at least 14 rebounds in four of his last five games. Since December 30, Gobert ranks second in field-goal percentage at 66.1 percent (min. 100 FGA), second in rebound per game at 15.5 and first in plus/minus per game at +16.9.
  5. Alec Burks was one point shy of his career high with 33 points against the Trail Blazers before fouling out for the first time since April 2014 with Utah. Burks has nearly doubled his PPG average from 8.8 last season to 16.2 this season, the fifth-largest increase in the NBA among qualifiers.
  6. Since the start of December, the Jazz rank first in field-goal percentage (.491) and first in three-point percentage (.394). In that same span, the Warriors rank 29th in field-goal percentage (.426), 24th in three-point percentage (.340) and dead last in two-point percentage (.470).

The Utah Jazz will go for their first season-series sweep of the Golden State Warriors in 10 years when the clubs meet Wednesday night in San Francisco.

The records indicate a fourth consecutive victory might seem like a formality for Utah (30-13) over Golden State (10-35), but the most recent two meetings in Salt Lake City were anything but blowouts, with the Jazz winning 113-109 in November and 114-106 in December.

One reason for the competitive efforts by the Warriors has been ex-Jazz swingman Alec Burks, who burned his old mates for 20 and 24 points in his two Utah homecomings.

Burks also came up big in the Warriors' 129-124 overtime loss at Portland on Monday, keeping Golden State in the game with a season-best 33 points along with eight assists and seven rebounds.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, Burks fouled out -- just the third time in his career -- in the final seconds of overtime with Golden State trailing by just one point.

In the end, it was another close loss -- the Warriors' second straight in overtime -- for the NBA's losingest club.

"There are little things that we can fix that might change the way that the game turned out," forward Marquese Chriss said, trying to put a positive spin on the defeat. "All we can do at this point is to learn from it and talk about it and try not to let it happen again."

The Jazz, meanwhile, would love to duplicate recent results. They've won 17 of their last 19, including nine of their last 11 on the road.

They've fired offensively on all cylinders against the Warriors in the three earlier head-to-heads, with Donovan Mitchell (27.0), Mike Conley (24.5) and Bojan Bogdanovic (20.3) all averaging more than 20 points against Golden State this season, while Rudy Gobert has gone for 16.0 points and 16.0 rebounds per game.

Utah has rebounded strongly from its most recent loss to New Orleans with blowout home wins over Sacramento (123-101) and Indiana (118-88), and will get two more home games (Dallas and Houston) after the one-day trip to San Francisco.

Gobert noted to reporters after the win Monday that the three keys to beating the Pacers included one that's also important against Golden State -- keeping the opponent off the free-throw line.

The Warriors rank second in the NBA in foul shooting at 81.1 percent

"That was really what we wanted to do: Don't give them any free throws, don't give them anything at the rim, and don't give them any rebounds," Gobert noted. "We did a great job doing those three."

Gobert rolled his left ankle in the fourth quarter against the Pacers. The injury is not considered to be serious, but a matchup with Golden State might give Jazz coach Quin Snyder an opportunity to give his big man a night off with two heavyweight matchups (vs. Dallas and Houston) upcoming.

The Warriors held Draymond Green (flu) and Glenn Robinson III (sprained right ankle) out of the Portland game on Monday. Of the two, Green is the more likely to face the Jazz.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 21, 2020

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