The Golden State Warriors can do nothing wrong in the NBA, as their current streak of 18 straight wins in the league suggest. The Warriors, ever since the season started, have looked in amazing form and are yet to taste defeat, and by the looks of things, it will take a mighty effort from any team to outscore the Warriors, who are a treat to watch on the court.
They will be gunning for the 19th win when they face Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Monday.
The Jazz currently lie in the sixth position in the western conference, and have won eight matches so far. It is going to be a herculean task for the visitors to defeat the Warriors, who are going to be egged on to the hilt their home court by fans.
The Jazz may not have superstars as compared to the Warriors, but they have players who can turn on the heat in Oakland. They need their star players such as Trey Burke, Alec Burks, Gordon Hayward and Rodney Hood to shine if they are to have any chance of handing the Warriors their first defeat. The Jazz, who defeated Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans Pelicans in their last two games, shall want to continue their winning streak.
They are going to pin major hopes on Burks, who scored 21 points against the Pelicans. Coach Quin Snyder praised the player for his all-round skills.
"The biggest thing with Alec, I keep emphasising with him is his decisions," AP quoted coach Snyder as saying. "When he makes high-percentage decisions, he can shoot it, he can pass it, he can handle, he can finish. It's just a question of what is the defence giving?"
The Jazz are aware that even if they come with their best game in the NBA so far, it might not be enough for them to win the match with Warriors' players such as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in great touch. The duo has been troubling each and every team on the road to their stupendous run.
Though Curry and Thompson, who average 31.9 and 16.1 points per game this season, respectively, might have been the standout players, one cannot turn a blind eye to the contributions of Draymond Green on both sides of the court. Green averages 12.8ppg and 8.1 rebounds per game.
The Warriors' interim coach Luke Walton believes Green is on top of his game at present.
"He got a huge contract this summer and he came back a better player. He's playing at an All-Star level right now," Walton said.
Where to watch live
Golden State Warriors vs Utah Jazz NBA game is scheduled for 9pm EST (7:30 am IST, 2 am GMT, 11:30 am Philippines time) start. There is no live Tv coverage in India.
Golden State Warriors vs Utah Jazz NBA game can be followed live in the Philippines on Basketball Tv.
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