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The Utah Jazz will go for their season-high third straight victory when they host the Golden State Warriors, who will be playing the second night of a back-to-back after a battle with the Clippers last night. The Jazz were swept by the Warriors in a home-and-home series in November but they're moving their way up over the last month.

The Jazz have leaped over the Kings and the Lakers to get out of the basement in the Western Conference but they're still searching for consistency from players like Derrick Favors, Trey Burke and Enes Kanter. Favors is still figuring things out on the offensive end from game to game but he has made his presence felt on the glass and will contend with the duo of David Lee and Andrew Bogut on the inside. Lee and Bogut combined for 36 points and 28 rebounds last night as the Warriors dominated the interior in the 111-92 win against the Clippers.

The Warriors outscored the Clippers in the paint 66-22 and outrebounded them 53-34. The Warriors have allowed an average of 89.3 points in the last three games to take two of three after surrendering 112 points in the previous five contests, losing four of those five games. Golden State looked like a different group last night with a focus on getting the ball inside to Lee, Bogut and Marreese Speights, which took some of the pressure off Stephen Curry, who scored 22 points on 8 of 10 shooting to go over 20 for the eighth straight game. Curry is 17-for-29 from 3-point range over the last four games.

The Jazz are 12-10 over their last 22 games after beginning the season 4-19. The Jazz had plenty of time off to fix an offense that struggled in back-to-back losses to the Timberwolves on January 18 and 21 and responded by putting up an average of 105 points in wins over the Wizards and the Kings at home. Enes Kanter totaled eight points in the two losses to the Timberwolves but put up 40 in the last two games on 17 of 21 shooting. Kanter totaled 18 points and 11 rebounds in the two November meetings with the Warriors. Trey Burke and Richard Jefferson both missed practice on Thursday due to illness and are game-time decisions tonight.

The Warriors have won in two of their last three trips to Utah, including the 98-87 triumph on November 18.

According to the oddsmakers at America's Bookie, the Warriors are 5½-point favorites and the total is set at 200½. Here you can check the daily NBA Basketball Betting Lines at America's Bookie.

The Warriors are 16-21 ATS as a favorite and 8-11 ATS when playing against a team with a losing record. The Jazz are 18-19 ATS as an underdog and 6-3 ATS after scoring 105 points or more.

Game information:

10:30 PM ET, January 31

EnergySolutions Arena

Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

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Posted : 31/01/2014 1:06 pm

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