Wizards vs. Jazz - 12/14/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Jazz (6-17) at Washington Wizards (16-6)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Wizards -10.5 -- Over/Under: 195 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, CSNB
The Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards clash Sunday at the Verizon Center.
The Utah Jazz have lost 10 of their last 11 games and now begin a six-game road trip. On the season, the Jazz are averaging 96.1 points on 45.9 percent shooting and are allowing 102 points on 47.8 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward leads Utah with 18.9 points and 5.5 rebounds while Enes Kanter is averaging 14.1 points and 7.1 rebounds. Trey Burke is averaging 5.7 assists and Alec Burks is shooting 40.9 percent from the field. The Utah Jazz remain competitive but it’s tough for them to win games when teams are shooting 50.1 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from deep, which is the case in their last five games. The Jazz have lost eight straight games when allowing 100-plus points and that streak will continue due to their lack of offense. Derrick Favors is questionable for this game with an ankle injury.
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The Washington Wizards have won seven of their last eight games and continue to climb up the East standings. On the season, the Wizards are averaging 101 points on 47 percent shooting and are allowing 97.2 points on 43 percent shooting. John Wall leads Washington with 17.8 points and 10.5 assists while Bradley Beal is averaging 14.9 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Marcin Gortat is averaging 8.5 rebounds per game and Paul Pierce is shooting 43.4 percent from the field. The Washington Wizards have been a great offensive team all season, but now they’re shooting 48 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from downtown in their last five games. The Wizards have topped 100 points in five of their last seven games and will be tough to beat as long as the quality shooting continues.
The Jazz are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Wizards are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 14-6 ATS in their last 20 vs. NBA Northwest. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
With the way the Jazz are allowing teams to shoot at will and the way the Wizards can't miss, the over seems to be the play here. I don't like the spread due to the status of Favors. The over seems a tab bit too low.