Warriors vs Jazz Playoff Preview

(1) Golden State Warriors vs (5) Utah Jazz

 

Playoff Results: Warriors defeated Trail Blazers 4-0, Jazz defeated Clippers 4-3

 

Season Series Results: Warriors 2-1

 

12/8   Warriors 106  Jazz 99

12/20  Warriors 104  Jazz 74

4/10   Jazz 105  Warriors 99

 

Key Factors:

Off Rtg

Def Rtg

Efg%

Tov%

Warriors

115.6

104.0

56.3

13.2

Jazz

109.6

105.3

52.6

13.2

 

 

Key Matchup: Curry vs Hill:

Once Kevin Durant went down the Warriors were forced to rediscover their old selves and it was Curry who took over once he found his touch again. If the Warriors have a healthy lineup and Curry’s shooting then Utah will be behind the 8 ball. For the Jazz to have a shot in this series they will need George Hill to not only help contain Curry on defense but to also attack him on offense. Hill had a great year in Utah when healthy but asking him to hold his own against Curry is no simple task.

 

X-Factor for Warriors: Draymond Green:

Green has not only been the engine that the Warriors run off of but he’s the biggest reason their defense was one the NBA’s best. He doesn’t show the biggest numbers in the box score but he does a little bit of everything and as long as he stays out of trouble then the Warriors should be able to put away the Jazz with relative ease.

 

X-Factor for Jazz: Rudy Gobert:

If Green is the biggest catalyst for the Warriors defense then Gobert would be the catalyst for the Jazz. Hes a tremendous big who can move, defend the pick and roll, and contest anything at the rim. If Gobert is able to limit the Warriors inside offense and exploit Golden State’s bigs who are older and slower then the Jazz should be able to hang in the series.

 

Analysis: The Jazz are coming off a tough 7 game series against the Clippers while the Warriors have been resting since sweeping the Trail Blazers. Golden State is looking to have a healthy Durant, Barnes, and Livingston for this series something that should only increase the advantage they have. Utah has been getting great play from Hayward, Johnson, and Ingles and they will need them to be even better for Utah to keep this series close.

Prediction: Warriors over Jazz in 5.

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