Feb 19, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) defends against Golden State Warriors point guard Jarrett Jack (2) during the second half at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz won 115-101. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors Look to Clinch Playoff Spot Against Jazz: Game Preview

That’s right, Warrior fans, you’ve read that correctly. Tonight, the Golden State Warriors, for the first time since 2007 will be looking to clinch a playoff berth. This is what the fans have been waiting for for so long, and now it’s finally here. Nothing is set in stone, but against teams like the Jazz, the Warriors play very well at home. Especially because the crowd is going to be very good tonight. It’ll be a fun game and you’ll want to go to it!

Keys to the Game:

1. Live by the Crowd:

Usually when crowds get really energized, they help the team go on a huge run, and that energy just never dies. If the Warriors want to clinch a spot tonight, they will have to get the crowd involved and feed off the energy that the crowd gives them. It’s pretty simple, really.

2. Defend the Paint:

With Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson on the inside, Andrew Bogut and David Lee are going to have their hands full. This means that the guards will need to comeback for the rebounds after the bigs have exerted some energy on defense. If the Warriors successfully shut these two down in the paint, the path to victory will be much clearer. Hopefull they can do these two things to earn a playoff spot tonight.

Game Predictions:

Matchup to Watch: Bogut vs Jefferson

Players to Watch: The Warrior starters and Jarrett Jack

Leading Scorer: Stephen Curry

Winner: Warriors

Probable Lineups:

1. Curry vs Mo Williams

2. Thompson vs Foye

3. Barnes vs Hayward

4. Lee vs Millsap

5. Bogut vs Jefferson

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