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Preview: Utah At Golden State

When: 10:30 PM ET, Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California

The Golden State Warriors just set the record for consecutive home victories and now can focus on the all-time single-season win mark with just 20 games remaining. The Warriors need to go 17-3 to surpass the record 72 victories by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls and look for their 46th consecutive home win when they host the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.

Golden State’s home win on Monday against Orlando surpassed the record of 44 straight home wins set by the Bulls from March 30, 1995 to April 4, 1996, and point guard Stephen Curry admits the team is taking aim at the 72-win record. “Right now, with 20 games left, we obviously know what’s at stake,” Curry told ESPN SportsCenter. “We’ve just got to stay in the moment and enjoy it. This is a fun time and we’re chasing history so we’ve got to be confident in who we are.” The Warriors have won eight of their past nine games and will entertain a scuffling Utah squad that has dropped six of its last seven games and nine of its last 12. The Jazz suffered a 91-84 home loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday and are two games behind the Houston Rockets for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, ROOT (Utah), CSN Bay Area (Golden State)

ABOUT THE JAZZ (29-34): Utah is just 10-21 on the road and, combined with its recent slump, would appear to have very little chance at ending Golden State’s home streak. “It’s a chance for us to make history,” small forward Gordon Hayward told reporters after the loss to Atlanta. “I think you’ve got to look at it like that. They’re obviously really, really good, No. 1, and then they’re really, really good at home, too. You’ve got to look at it as a challenge and go into it, and we’ve got nothing to lose so it should be fun.” Hayward scored 22 points in the loss to the Hawks for his 10th 20-point effort in the last 14 games.

ABOUT THE WARRIORS (56-6): Golden State has been sloppy during the past two games by committing 44 turnovers — 20 in Sunday’s stunning loss to the Los Angeles Lakers and then matching its season worst with 24 miscues against the Orlando Magic. “That’s kind of our weakness,” coach Steve Kerr told reporters. “If we don’t get that cleaned up then we are in big trouble. That’s a major goal for us going forward.” Curry poured in 41 points against the Magic for his 12th 40-point outing of the campaign, the most by a Warriors’ player since Hall of Famer Rick Barry did it 15 times during the 1974-75 season.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Warriors are 2-0 against the Jazz this season and have won nine of the past 10 meetings.

2. Utah C Rudy Gobert collected 15 rebounds against the Hawks — his average during the past six games.

3. Golden State F Andre Iguodala (hamstring) has missed three of the past four games and is questionable for Wednesday’s game.

PREDICTION: Warriors 122, Jazz 105