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Well-Rested Warriors Set Sights on Jazz in Game 1

The Golden State Warriors have been quietly waiting in the wings as the Utah Jazz-Los Angeles Clippers first-round series unfolded, and they’ll be plenty fresh after resting for eight days in the wake of their first-round series win over Portland. With Game 1 of the conference semifinals slated for Tuesday, sportsbooks opened the Dubs as 13.5-point home favorites with a total of 207.

Shark Bites
  • The Jazz are 4-1 SU and 5-0 ATS in their last five games on the road.
  • The Warriors are 19-1 SU in their last 20 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 15 of the Jazz' last 19 games on the road against the Warriors.

The extra time off has allowed Warriors superstar Kevin Durant to recover from a calf injury that caused him to miss two games in the first round. While Durant should be close to his normal self, head coach Steve Kerr is expected to miss the series due to back surgery complications, which means it will be up to acting coach Mike Brown to get his players focused.

Gordon Hayward stepped up in a big way in Utah’s series win over the Clips, averaging 23.7 points, including a career-best 40 in Game 3 before being sent home at halftime of Game 4 due to food poisoning. Jazz big man Rudy Gobert, who battled injuries throughout the opening round of the postseason, is expected to be close to full health after struggling on Sunday.

Golden State won two of the three regular-season meetings, but Utah’s lone win came at Oracle Arena on April 14 in a 105-99 triumph. Hayward didn’t play in that game, as he was sidelined with a quadriceps contusion. Going back further, the Jazz are just 1-7 SU in their last eight vs the Warriors.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Utah Jazz betting line opened this morning as 12.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including Bovada), while the total was hovering around 208 at BetOnline and other betting odds shops.

A 111-98 result in favor of the Warriors is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Utah Jazz vs Golden State Warriors Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Golden State Warriors currently sport a record of 71-15, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 43-39-4 ATS. The Utah Jazz are 55-34 and 42-44-3 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Warriors post a 35-51 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Jazz have gone 45-44 against the total number of points scored. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Golden State vs Utah injuries news.

This game pits the Golden State Warriors, currently No. 1 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Utah Jazz, who rate No. 10 in the most recent survey update.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Golden State's No. 7-rated NBA squad against Utah's No. 21-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Golden State rates No. 4 in the league with 12 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 13 with 9.65 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Jazz got 26 points from Gordon Hayward as Utah ran past Los Angeles 104-91 on Sunday at STAPLES Center.

Portland was run off the court by the Warriors on Monday as Golden State blasted the Trail Blazers 128-103 at Moda Center.

Betting Trends
  • Utah is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Utah is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
  • Utah is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Utah is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Golden State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Golden State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Golden State's last 10 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Golden State's last 23 games

Next Betting Matchups

Utah at Golden State, Thursday, May 4th