Will Steph Curry Play Tonight? Golden State Warriors vs Utah Jazz: Injury Updates, Lineups, and Prediction

Published 03/14/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
Feb 8, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dribbles against San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray (5) in the second half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports


The Utah Jazz are reaching new heights this season. The franchise currently boasts a 28-9 record and they take on a struggling Golden State Warriors in the upcoming fixture. Who are you backing in this one? 

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Venue: Chase Center

Time: 4:00 PM ET ( March 14, 2021)

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The previous regular-season meeting between the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors took place on January 23. Utah secured a comfortable 19-point victory in that one, and honestly, one can expect a similar result on Sunday as well. 

Golden State Warriors vs Utah Jazz: Injury Updates and Lineups

Warriors

The Warriors are a talented unit but lack the firepower on the offense. While Draymond Green has eased into a facilitating and leadership role, there is still no effective scorer who can complement Steph Curry consistently. 

Furthermore, Golden State is also the eighth-worst team in the league in terms of points allowed per game. This isn’t a stat they would be proud of, especially head coach Steve Kerr. One silver lining is that the team isn’t troubled by any injuries lately

Only Klay Thompson and Marquese Chriss will miss the Jazz game and Kerr would be fine with it, since there are no new casualties on the bench. 

Possible Lineup

Stephen Curry (G) 

Andrew Wiggins (G) 

Kelly Oubre Jr. (F) 

Draymond Green (F) 

James Wiseman (C) 

Jazz

The Utah Jazz have been phenomenal to watch this season. Inspired by the brilliance of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, the team is on course to set the best winning percentage in franchise history. 

Jan 26, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) slaps the hand of center Rudy Gobert (27) during the third quarter against the New York Knicks at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Utah Jazz wins 108-94. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Utah is currently the third-best offensive team in the league, and there’s no stopping them. Similar to the Warriors, the Jazz, too, aren’t majorly hindered by injuries ahead of their upcoming game. 

Rookies Trent Forrest (illness) and Udoka Azubuike (ankle), will both miss the Warriors game on Sunday. 

Possible Lineup

Mike Conley (G) 

Donovan Mitchell (G) 

Bojan Bogdanovic (F) 

Royce O’Neale (F) 

Rudy Gobert (C) 

Prediction

The Warriors are in dire straits at the moment. The team is on a four-game losing streak and will take on league leaders Utah Jazz next. That really doesn’t look like something they would want to do. 

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The Dubs need Draymond Green to also effectively contribute towards scoring to help the team get back on track. His leadership and rebounding have been tremendous, but Golden State is struggling to maintain its form without a proper second-scorer. 

Feb 20, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) reacts to receiving a technical foul during the second half at Spectrum Center against the Charlotte Hornets. The Charlotte Hornets won 102-100. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

Unless the Warriors crack the case, they will drop valuable games. Their current 19-19 record is no match for the top teams in the West, and we’re predicting that the Utah Jazz will win their upcoming game against the Warriors. 

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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