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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry dribbles the ball up the court against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

NBA Wednesday: Golden State Warriors @ Utah Jazz Best Bets/Props

Patrick Werkmeister

Even though these are the dog days of the NBA season, these games have proven to be quite profitable if you’re able to spot the hotter and more motivated team. For this Western Conference matchup, Donavan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz host Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors. Last game out, Golden State was able to easily take care of the OKC Thunder, 110-98, and the Jazz were once again able to secure a home victory against the New York Knicks. Both of these teams are led by their own superstar and that’s why they’re near the top of their conference. However, during the midseason grind, players and teams alike can lose their rhythm due to the harsh schedule of an 82-game season. With this in mind, here are the best bets and player props for this NBA Thursday contest.

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Warriors (+3.5)
The opening line for this match originally favored the Jazz by three and that is where the spread currently sits. While Utah has been a dreadful 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 games at home, the Warriors have won nine straight games and they look to continue that streak through tonight. The Jazz will once again be without their All-Defensive center, Rudy Gobert, so it will be challenging to stop a team that has won 9 straight. With the Jazz going through some midseason struggles due to injury, without Gobert, the Warriors could be more than Utah can handle right now. Golden State comes into this one 2 nd in the West with a 41-13 record, whereas the Jazz are 4th with a 33-21 record. They will have to overcome the Splash Brothers now that Klay Thompson is slowly coming back into regular form. Nonetheless, they will still have to find a way to defeat one of the best home teams in the league. While the Jazz have been in a bit of a rough patch, both of these squads are among the best in their conference and I like the Warriors in this spot to stay hot. Take Steph and Golden State plus the points vs a banged up Jazz team.

Donavan Mitchell Over 25.5 Points
Following a 32 point performance in his last outing vs New York, Donavan Mitchell has shown he is as steady as they come in this league of uncertainty. Mitchell has been shouldering the load in each appearance, where even in 40 games played he could be an All-Star. With Rudy Gobert being injured for a prolonged time period, Spida has been able to produce the lion’s share of points and has been picking up where he left off. However, the Warriors are one of the best defenses and have allowed the 3rd lowest points per game in the NBA, so he’ll have to push the pace in this one to get his daily dose of baskets. This prop has amazing value given his ridiculous numbers in the last few games. While he has a low of 15 points this season, I’m going to ride the hot hand and take him to once again produce at an efficient rate. Take Donavan Mitchell to score more than his total points prop with ease.

Stephen Curry Over 7.5 Assists
After dropping 10 dimes in their win against the Thunder, Steph Curry has been as efficient a distributor as they come in the last month. Curry is averaging nearly 7 assists per game and has become a maestro in turning a good shot into a great shot. Steph has been the primary point man all season and that has allowed him to have plenty of assist opportunities. When the Warriors met the Jazz just a few weeks ago, Curry was able to easily dish out 7 assists. This prop has amazing value given his ridiculous numbers last time out. While he has a low of 4 assists all year, I’m going to ride with the passing hand of Curry and take him to once again produce at an efficient rate. Take him to have more than his total assists prop.

Same Game Parlay:
Donovan Mitchell Over 25.5 Pts, Mitchell Over 4.5 Rebounds, Curry Over 5.5 Rebounds, Curry Over 6.5 Assists, Mike Conley Over 5.5 Assists and Warriors +2.

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