The Golden State Warriors may have looked a little rusty in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series against the Utah Jazz, but they still managed to come up with a double-digit victory. Now that they are all warmed up, they could be more trouble for the Utah Jazz in Game 2, which is slated to begin at 10:30 PM ET at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. And there’s great news – if you are a BetAnySports customer, you can get reduced juice before the game, which gives you better NBA playoff odds, and then you can avail yourself of Live Betting Ultra, which can keep you in the action throughout the game with real-time wagering.
The Warriors shot a shade under 49% for the game, but that only tells part of the story. They were a horrid 7-29 from three-point range, and we all know that simply isn’t THEM. They made up for it with 62% shooting from two-point range, against a team that led the NBA in two-point defense. Of course, part of that included 29 fast break points, something Utah also excelled at (allowing the second-fewest fast break points in the league). In other words, they can beat this team in different ways, and beat them at their own game.
Utah has to get something a lot better out of the likes of Joe Johnson and George Hill, who combined to shoot 7-19, and they have to figure out a way to put Gordon Hayward in better scoring situations, which is something they have failed to do recently.
In the NBA playoff odds posted on this game at BetAnySports, the Warriors are once again laying a lot of points:
Golden State Warriors -12.5
Utah Jazz +12.5
Over 205 points -110
Under 205 points -110
It’s interesting that the Warriors turned the ball over only seven times with all those fast break points, but that gives you an indication as to how disciplined they can play. Of course, it hasn’t always been like that this season, as head coach Steve Kerr has called them out on more than one occasion. Kerr, by the way, remains out with complications from last year’s back surgery. And it has been important to get Kevin Durant back into the swing of things. Durant had 17 points on Tuesday, well below his season average, but we know he isn’t going to remain at that level.
Meanwhile, BetAnySports might well expect that Gordon Hayward could be stymied, only because that’s what Golden State does. In the previous four meetings when Hayward has been in the Utah lineup, he had shot just 26.7% from the field. And that included 2-10 this season in the only encounter where he was healthy. And he went 4 for 15 on Tuesday, which was – you guessed it – 26.7%. Yes, they need to look elsewhere.
And how about Rudy Gobert? He got banged up pretty good in the last series against the Clippers, suffered the hyper-extended knee and then the sprained ankle, which took him out of the game not once, but twice. Then he came back in Game 7 to score one point with four rebounds. In Game 1 here he had 13 points and eight rebounds, but as we mentioned before, the Warriors shot 62% from two-point range, and that’s not supposed to happen against Utah, with Gobert anchoring things defensively. The condition of the big man is certainly something to worry about.
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