The lava-hot Golden State Warriors look for their 16th victory in the past 17 games when they host the Utah Jazz on Tuesday. The Warriors have scored at least 100 points in 26 consecutive games, the franchise's best run since a 36-game streak during the 2016-17 campaign.
Forward Kevin Durant (39 points on Sunday) and guards Klay Thompson (29) and Stephen Curry (25) have each scored 25 or more points in 12 straight games after the club rallied from a 19-point deficit to record a hard-fought 120-118 home win over the Miami Heat. "We started off sluggish," Durant told reporters afterward. "They made shots; they were excited to play against us. We treated it like it was a Sunday walk in the park. ... After a while we just locked in." Utah has won 14 of its last 18 games and is coming off an impressive 125-105 home win over the San Antonio Spurs. "I liked the way we played," standout center Rudy Gobert told reporters after the win. "We came locked in from the beginning and there was no slippage."
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT, NBCS Bay Area (Golden State) LINE: Warriors -8.5
ABOUT THE WARRIORS (40-15): DeMarcus Cousins made the decisive two free throws with 5.4 seconds left against the Heat and coach Steve Kerr said he is impressed with the effect the big man has had on the squad since returning from an Achilles injury. "He's basically single-handedly negated the dog days, he really has," Kerr told reporters. "DeMarcus has come in and energized our team. ... He's just bringing this excitement and energy every game and he's getting better and better and fitting right in with the group." Durant hit a tying 3-pointer before Cousins' free throws and he has scored 30 or more points on 18 occasions this season.
ABOUT THE JAZZ (32-24): Gobert had 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting and collected 13 rebounds against San Antonio for his fourth straight double-double and 14th in the past 16 outings. Gobert, the reigning NBA Defensive of the Year, is viewed as one of the biggest snubs for the All-Star Game and has blocked two or more shots in each of the past 14 games. Star shooting guard Donovan Mitchell scored 23 points against the Spurs and has topped 20 in 16 of the past 17 games, averaging 27.2 points during the stretch.
1. The Jazz have won four of the past five meetings, including a split of two matchups with the Warriors this season.
2. Golden State swingman Andre Iguodala (hamstring) could miss his second straight game.
3. Utah reserve F Royce O'Neale is averaging 14 points on 15-of-22 shooting over the past three games.
PREDICTION: Warriors 117, Jazz 110 Bet Now
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