The Warriors will be facing two foes Thursday night in Salt Lake City.
The first is the NBA schedule-maker, who blessed the Warriors with a seven-day, five-game road trip that begins with a back-to-back, and the second is the Utah Jazz, who likely were resting in their beds when the Warriors arrived from Los Angeles around 3 a.m.
The Warriors (19-3) will get a bit of a break, as Utah (14-9) will be without five players, four of which usually are starters.
The Warriors have won 15 of 16 games, including a 115-98 shellacking of the Clippers on Wednesday night.
Utah has won three straight and seven of its last eight.
Warriors by 9
Warriors: 9-1. Jazz: 7-3.
Warriors: Shaun Livingston (rest) is out.
Jazz: G Alec Burks (L ankle rehabilitation), F Derrick Favors (L knee contusion), G George Hill (L big toe sprain), G Rodney Hood (R hamstring strain), F Gordon Hayward (finger) are all out.
The Warriors swept four games last season, have won five in a row and 11 of the last 12 meetings.
TWO THINGS TO WATCH
1) The tempo game -- Utah allows an NBA-low 95.5 points per game, a statistic reflective of its ability to defend but also that it plays at the slowest pace in the league. Can the Warriors push it and play high-speed hoops, at altitude, on the second night of a back-to-back set?
3) Steph bounces back -- Stephen Curry failed to make a 3-pointer Wednesday against the Clippers, only the third time in 250 games he has goose-egged from deep. The last time it happened, he came out the next game and drilled 13 triples to set an NBA record.