GSW vs UTA Dream11: The NBA has been moving towards the Postseason and as we head towards the Playoffs, the intensity level will be sky-high. In the Western Conference, the Phoenix Suns have thrown the gauntlet and have shown that they are the team to beat, the Memphis Grizzlies’ depth is also looking scary at this point and both these teams can end up meeting in the Western Conference Finals. However the matters are more pressing for both the Golden State Warriors and the Utah Jazz, and they will meet in an important game.
The Warriors have derailed in the second half of the season and they have been a rather average team during this period. They have lost seven out of their last eight games and as a result, the Mavericks have gotten rather way too close to the Warriors. They will need to sort out their issues because they will not want to enter the Playoffs with low morale. Can Draymond address some of their failings?
Meanwhile, the Jazz has been off their game too and if we take out the win versus the vulnerable Lakers, they had lost four games prior to that. Due to the stream of losses, the Nuggets have been closing in for the fifth spot. This is why the Jazz needs a winning streak to close out the season and with Bogdanovic back in the picture, their efforts may become better on the offensive end.
Host: Golden State Warriors
Visitors: Utah Jazz
Match Timing: 24 January, @ 07:00 AM
Venue: Chase Center
The Warriors come into this game after a close 103:107 loss against the Suns despite a 38 points outburst by Jordan Poole
Jordan Poole has done well in the absence of Stephen Curry but the overall balance on both ends has been disturbed on both ends of the floor. Andrew Wiggins’ game has dropped a bit in the second half of the season but Klay Thompson has been able to rally the team with some big nights. Draymond Green has been a bit rusty and the team desperately needs him to click on.
Perhaps a small-ball lineup of Poole and Thompson at the guard positions, Andrew at the wing, Otto as the Power Forward, and Green in the middle can be the way ahead but for that to work, Green needs to play his elite defense while the team will need to communicate better on both ends of the floor. The Warriors have not been on a winning streak for a long team and it is time that they get their steam.
The Jazz walks into this game after beating 122:109 as Donovan Mitchell patched up 29 points and Rudy Gobert clinched 17 rebounds
The Jazz has been not playing a great brand of basketball and as a result, they have dropped multiple places. One of the major reasons for the team’s performance has been the loss of scoring balance and the defense is a little off for most parts. The absence of Bojan Bogdanovic hurt the team a lot on the offensive end and with him back, there is a chance that the perimeter shooting improves and the scoring bolsters.
Rudy Gobert has done his part as a defensive big, elite rebounder, and has also sprayed multiple inside buckets. Jordan Clarkson brings great production off the bench with his isolation scoring and he will be huge during the Postseason too. Royce O’Neale will need to hit more of his open shots for the Jazz to be a better offensive team. How will the Jazz finish the season?
Golden State Warriors(3rd in West) | Utah Jazz (5th in West)
Games: 77 | 77
Wins: 48 | 46
Defeats: 29 | 31
Golden State Warriors Team News
Warriors Expected Starting Five
Wings: SF: Andrew Wiggins
Defensive anchor: PF: Draymond Green
Middle: C: Kevon Looney
Guards: SG: Klay Thompson | PG: Jordan Poole
BENCH: Nemanja Bjelica, Otto Porter Jr., Damion Lee, Jonathan Kuminga, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Gary Payton II, Chris Chiozza.
Utah Jazz Team News
Jazz Expected Starting Five
Scoring Wing: SF: Bojan Bogdanovic
Frontline: PF: Royce O’Neale | C: Rudy Gobert
Guards: PG: Donovan Mitchell | PG: Mike Conley
BENCH: Jordan Clarkson, Rudy Gay, Eric Paschall, Elijah Hughes, Danuel House Jr., Nickeill Alexander-Walker, Jared Butler
Shooting Guard Mitchell has been getting it done as an isolation scorer while he has also been a terrific playmaker. The off-guard has mostly been in 26-33 points and 4-7 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 39-49
Guard Poole has been doing a beautiful job at the offensive end since Steph has been out and he has been playing like an All-Star level player. Poole has mostly been in 24-30 points, 4-6 rebounds, and 3+ assists range. Jordan can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 36-49
Center Rudy has done his bit as the paint defender, inside scorer, and also as one of the best rebounders in the league. Gobert has mostly been in 13-19 points, 10-17 rebounds, and 1-3 blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 27-39
Wing Wiggins has been a constant two-way presence at wing but the second half of the season has been a bit rough on him. He can be expected to be in 17-23 points and 4-8 rebounds range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-36
Big Forward Draymond has been one of the best defensive players in the league and if the last game is an indication, he may have shaken off his rust after an injury. He can be in 6-11 points, 7-11 rebounds, 6-11 assists, and 1-3 steals/blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 23-35
(if Gobert doesn’t play)
PG: D Mitchell(SP)
SG: K Thompson, J Poole(PP)
SF: B Bogdanovic
PF: J Hernangomez, O Porter
C: D Green, R Gobert
Will you like to see Donovan Mitchell dropping buckets and Draymond fighting it out on the defensive end? If you are an NBA viewer in India, this match can be watched on the TV channels MTV and VH1. On the other hand, streaming platforms Voot and JIO TV are also going to display the game. However, these services at most show one game per day, and if want to witness multiple games at the same time, purchase the annual subscription of the NBA League Pass. To know the scores, news, and stats, you can visit the official website of the NBA.