The Golden State, Utah Jazz, and the Washington Wizards are set to face off in a pivotal matchup of the league’s best teams at Oracle Arena.
Both teams are battling for the league crown, but the Warriors and Jazz are expected to go all-in on the game.
The Warriors are led by MVP Stephen Curry and the Jazz are led in their own right by Kevin Durant and Derrick Favors.
The Golden States are expected get all three wins while the Jazz will look to get back on track with a victory over the visiting San Antonio Spurs.
The Warriors and Utah have met two of the past three times the Warriors have visited the Jazz, including a 109-101 win in 2012.
The two teams split the last meeting between the two in the playoffs.
The Jazz are the defending champs and are coming off a 114-112 victory over their rival Golden State in the Western Conference semifinals.
In the past, the Warriors went on a run to their first championship in the NBA and ended up winning the NBA Finals with Durant as their star.
This is the first time the two teams will face off this season.
Golden State has the advantage of playing on the road this year.
The team is playing on a seven-game road trip and will have to rely on a late push to beat the Jazz in their first road game since the 2011-12 season.
The last time Golden State faced Utah was in the 2012 playoffs, a 108-97 win for the Jazz.
The previous time Golden States played Utah was the 2009-10 season, a 105-89 win.
There will be a lot of familiar faces in this game.
Kevin Durant is expected to start the game at point guard for the Warriors.
He is the best point guard in the league and is expected be the MVP.
He has been one of the best guards in the game for quite some time and will be expected to make a statement for the team.
Derrick Favors has been a big part of the Warriors success this season and will likely get a big role.
Favors is the player Golden State needs most and has led the Warriors to a perfect record in his career.
Favores has been playing great basketball and the Warriors are in a similar position this season as they have been since Durant’s return.
Favoring is expected do his part as well, averaging a team-high 18.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.
Both teams are expected play with an energy level that will be hard to contain.
The crowd at Oracle will be loud and there will be plenty of whistles, especially from the Jazz fans.
This will be the first game between the teams for the first two seasons.
It is also the third meeting between these two teams.
Golden State has won three straight meetings with Utah and the last time these teams met was the 2013-14 season.
It will be interesting to see if Golden State is able to get into a rhythm early.
Utah is playing the second of three games in three nights.
The first game is against the San Antonio Thunder on Wednesday at 8 p.m.
Tickets for this game are still available on the Warriors’ website.