Golden State Warriors vs Utah Jazz 2/9/22: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Predictions

Golden State Warriors vs. Utah Jazz Matchup Preview (2/9/22)

After rattling off three straight wins, Utah will host the streaking Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night on ESPN. The Jazz had dropped 11 of their past 13 games before beating the New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets, and Brooklyn Nets consecutively. Luckily, Donovan Mitchell has returned to the lineup for the Jazz, and it is evident that their energy has done a complete 180-degree turn for the better. Since his return, Utah has posted 125 points and 113 points, respectively. This has helped it overcome one of the wildest slumps we have seen from any team in the NBA all season.

Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors have quietly strung together a nine-game win streak since their unfortunate debacle at home against the backup Indiana Pacers. Golden State has allowed merely 106 points during that stretch while posting an average of 117. It’s safe to say that the free-flowing offense we all know and love is back and better than ever. In the betting odds section below, I cover the best bets and the most likely outcome for this game between two Western Conference heavyweights.

Golden State Warriors vs. Utah Jazz Betting Odds

Golden State should take care of business in this game. The Warriors have tightened up their defense and are clicking on all cylinders offensively. Also, Klay Thompson has had his minutes restrictions increased to 30 minutes, which is not far from where he would typically be. All they are missing is Draymond Green, which certainly hurts; however, Jonathan Kuminga has done a phenomenal job stepping in and providing valuable minutes. For the Jazz, they will still be without Rudy Gobert, which will sink their defense. I don’t expect Utah to hold Golden State to less than 120 points, and there’s very little chance Golden State gives up more than 110-115. I’ll take the Warriors ATS.

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How To Watch

Date: 2/9/22
Time: 10:00 PM ET
Arena: Vivint Arena – Salt Lake City, UT
Channel: ESPN

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Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup

PG: Steph Curry
SG: Klay Thompson
SF: Andrew Wiggins
PF: Otto Porter Jr.
C: Kevon Looney

Golden State Warriors Analysis

After an abysmal loss to the Indiana Pacers at home on January 20th, the Golden State Warriors gently removed themselves from the slump they were in and picked back up where they left off before it started. This nine-game win streak has been convincing, too; they are winning by an average of 11 points, despite still being without star forward Draymond Green. Jonathan Kuminga has stepped in and given the Warriors terrific minutes at the forward position. His energy, athleticism, defense, and playmaking have helped Golden State tremendously, and he gets better each time he steps on the floor. As long as the Warriors’ well does not run completely dry, they should not have any trouble taking care of the Jazz, even though it is a road game.

Utah Jazz Starting Lineup

PG: Mike Conley Jr.
SG: Jordan Clarkson
SF: Royce O’Neale
PF: Bojan Bogdanovic
C: Hassan Whiteside

Utah Jazz Analysis

It has been a bizarre season for the Utah Jazz. They went from reaching as high as No. 2 on the Lineups.com Power Rankings to dropping to the high teens in a matter of a few weeks. This may be attributed to missing All-Stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, but it runs deeper than just their absence. Additionally, it did not help when they lost to Joe Ingles to an ACL injury for the rest of the season. Their defense used to be a staple for them as recently as last year; however, they now rank middle-of-the-road in most major defensive statistical categories and struggle to protect the ball on offense. If Donovan Mitchell can pick up the slack on offense and get the Jazz to play inspired defense, then it is not too late to turn the season back around. It needs to happen soon, though.

Golden State Warriors vs. Utah Jazz Daily Fantasy Picks

It’s so impressive for a player to miss multiple games and then return as if nothing has happened. This is precisely the case with Donovan Mitchell, who missed eight straight games but has dominated in the past two he has been active for. In those two games, Mitchell has averaged just shy of 30 points, five rebounds, six assists, two steals, and one block on outstanding efficiency. The volume is there, too, with Mitchell firing up 26 shots in their most recent game against the New York Knicks. Mitchell has been excellent this season, which is not a surprise to anyone, but if he keeps this play up, we could certainly keep seeing these massive performances, especially considering he is on fresh legs now. Consider deploying Mitchell into your DFS lineups, regardless of the salary. This game, in particular, could be a great one for Spida, who will be trying to shoulder the weight of this lackadaisical Jazz team to grab a home win against one of the best teams in the NBA.

Jonathan Kuminga is the best DFS option right now from the Golden State Warriors in terms of value. Klay Thompson and Steph Curry are pretty expensive, while Wiggins, Lee, Porter, and Poole can be hit or miss depending on the night and the matchup. However, Kuminga has been on fire in his past three games, scoring double-digits in each contest. He has averaged just shy of 18 points, five rebounds, and three assists on 50% from the field during that span. Kuminga has looked unbelievable, flying through the air for alley-oops, putbacks, and rebounds and cutting with a purpose on offense. Many thought it might take him a while to adjust to the NBA, but he has been a considerable contributor since he has started to get more consistent minutes. Stick him into your lineup as long as he gets minutes and his salary is less than his value, which should be for a while.

Drew is a lead NBA writer at Lineups.com where he has been covering in-season basketball coverage to the NBA Draft. He is a former collegiate player who now spends time diving into NBA prospects and evaluating the analytics of the NBA.

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