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Jazz open as NBA underdog vs Warriors

Golden State WarriorsUtah Jazz
28-19January 31, 2014, 10:30 | EnergySolutions Arena16-29

A key NBA battle sees the visiting Warriors travelling to Utah Friday to face the Jazz on Friday.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Jazz are 16-29 so far on the season, and 22-22-1 ATS vs. the number. The Warriors, meanwhile, are 28-19 and 21-24-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Utah go 22-23 and the Warriors go 20-26-1 on the totals.

View Golden State Warriors vs Utah Jazz Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Jazz installed as 5.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 202.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 21-rated Jazz and the No. 3-ranked Warriors, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 96-87 result in favor of the Warriors.

Last time out for Golden State, they were a 111-92 winner as they battled the Clippers at home. The Warriors covered in the match as a 6.5-point favorite, while 203 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. David Lee scored 22 points and added 11 rebounds for a double-double, leading Golden State over Los Angeles, 111-92, on Thursday at Oracle Arena.

The Jazz were a 106-99 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Kings. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites, while the total score (205) made winners of UNDER bettors. Derrick Favors scored 17 points leading the Jazz to a 106-99 victory over Sacramento at EnergySolutions Arena on Monday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Utah's No. 26-ranked offense (94.96 PPG) against a Warriors defense that ranks No. 11 at 99.23 PPG. The Jazz have averaged 44.04% from the field per game, less than the Warriors have managed so far this season (46.21% on average).

Next up:
Golden State home to Charlotte, Tuesday, February 4th
Utah at Los Angeles, Saturday, February 1st