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Game 1 tonight between the Jazz and Warriors, Warriors will have a tough time scoring on Utah’s defense that is arguably the best in the league. Draymond Green I think is the X-Factor of this series and on who will be able to slow down and stop Rudy Gobert. Joe Ingles and Gordon Hayward need to work hard on the defensive end to try and slow down Kevin Durant. We all know Draymond, Klay, Steph, and KD can go off whenever they want but, if the Jazz pressure them, they may not be able to. Also, this series will depend on the pace, how the pace is played. Is it slow or fast. If I was Utah I would try and play slow pace to slow down the Warriors and not give them momentum. I think Gobert and Favors need to play bully-ball against David West, Zaza Pachulia and Javale McGee. Even though Zaza Pachulia and David West aren’t really that big of a presence they still can make a difference in this series. So if Utah wants to pull off an upset they need to play slow tempo. Get some shots too fall early, and close out all quarters strong. In the last series the Warriors closed out every quarter strong and that’s how they pulled away from the Blazers. So the Jazz can’t let that happen in this series. I think it will go to six or seven games because both teams are great on their home floor, so it will be a grinded out series and may the best team win. Joe Johnson will be the X-Factor for the Jazz also because he needs too hit BIG time shots toward the end for them to have a chance of stealing one in Golden State.

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