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Game Preview: Warriors vs. Jazz – 11/11/19

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BACK ON WARRIORS GROUND
The Dubs return from their three-game road trip for a Monday night clash with the Utah Jazz at Chase Center. Though the squad did not pickup a win on the road, their performances included an overtime thriller against the Timberwolves on Friday and a 41-point outburst in the third quarter of Saturday’s game, and now they come back to the Bay Area where the Dubs secured their first win at Chase Center in a 127-118 win over the Portland Trail Blazers last time on the home hardwood. This will be the first of four meetings between the Jazz and Warriors after the Dubs took last season’s three-game series 2-1.

Also, the Warriors will celebrate Hoops For Troops Night, presented by Budweiser, on Monday, which will include special presentations in honor of active and retired service men and women and their families throughout the night.

LAST TIME OUT
After going as far down as 23 points in the second quarter, the Warriors came back after halftime with a 41-point third quarter to tie the game at 83 all. But the renewed energy and 30 points from D’Angelo Russell was not enough to stop the hot hand of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Full Recap

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW UTA
2-8 6-3
15th in West 5th in West
PTS: 112.1 (14th) PTS: 101.0 (28th)
REB: 44.5 (21st) REB: 44.0 (23rd)
AST: 24.3 (11th) AST: 19.3 (29th)

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LAST GAME’S STARTERS
GSW: D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Poole, Glen Robinson III, Alec Burks and Willie Cauley-Stein
UTA: Bojan Bogdanovic, Royce O’Neale, Rudy Gobert, Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Jacob Evans (left abductor strain) and Draymond Green (sprained left index finger) are questionable. Eric Paschall (hip contusion), Stephen Curry (left hand fracture), Kevon Looney (neuropathy), Alen Smailagić (right ankle sprain) and Klay Thompson (left ACL rehab) are out. Team Notes
UTA: Emmanuel Mudiay (hamstring) and Dante Exum (knee) are questionable. Ed Davis (fractured left fibula) is out. Team Notes

D-LO WITH THE HOT HAND
D’Angelo Russell’s 30 points on Saturday marked the third straight game in which the 23-year-old guard had scored 30+ points (30 on November 1, 52 on November 8). Not only was it the first time in his career he has accomplished the feat, but his 112 points in the three-game span made him the first Warrior to do so since Stephen Curry had 120 from January 13 to January 16, 2019. Russell also became the first Dubs player not named Curry, Kevin Durant, or Klay Thompson to have such a streak since Monta Ellis scored 119 points from December 20 to December 25, 2010.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW UTA
PTS: Russell (25.3) PTS: Mitchell (24.8)
REB: Robinson III (6.6) REB: Gobert (13.0)
AST: Russell (6.2) AST: Mitchell (4.1)

UTAH SCOUTING REPORT
Though the Jazz enter Monday night’s game among the best teams on defense thus far in the season: Utah is first in the NBA in opponent’s points per game, holding teams to 97 points per game, and second in overall defensive rating. Three Jazz players are average over one steal per game: Donovan Mitchell (1.8), Rudy Gobert (1.1) and Mike Conley (1.0). Mitchell is also the team’s leader in scoring at a career-high 24.8 points per game, while Gobert’s 13.0 rebounds per night is currently a new career mark for the center. Conley was traded to the Jazz by the Memphis Grizzlies, with whom he spent 12 years, prior to this season. Though his current season stats are below his career average, he is currently in the midst of a five-game span in which he is averaging 18.2 points (with 2.8 three-pointers on 45.2 percent from deep) and 1.6 steals per game. The Jazz play at the third slowest pace in the NBA, grinding their way to a 6-3 record including wins against the Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, and Los Angeles Clippers.

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