Jazz vs. Wizards - 3/18/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Wizards (39-28) at Utah Jazz (30-36)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 10:30 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -3.5 -- Over/Under: 180 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNB, ROOT
The Washington Wizards and Utah Jazz play Wednesday night at the EnergySolutions Arena.
The Washington Wizards look to build on their four-game winning streak. On the season, the Wizards are averaging 98.8 points on 46.7 percent shooting and are allowing 97.3 points on 43.6 percent shooting. John Wall is averaging 17.3 points and 10 assists while Bradley Beal is averaging 14.9 points and 3.9 rebounds. Paul Pierce is shooting 45.8 percent from the field and Marcin Gortat is grabbing 8.7 rebounds. The Washington Wizards are allowing just 40.6 percent shooting in their last five games and have won six of their last eight when allowing less than 100 points. The Washington Wizards have lost nine straight road games SU. Garrett Temple is out and Kris Humphries is doubtful with injuries.
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The Utah Jazz look to stay hot after winning six straight games. On the season, the Jazz are averaging 95.1 points on 45 percent shooting and are allowing 95.1 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 19.6 points and 4.9 rebounds while Derrick Favors is averaging 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds. Trey Burke is dishing 4.4 assists and Rudy Gobert is grabbing 8.8 rebounds. The Utah Jazz have been the hottest team in the league, and it starts with their defense that’s allowing 39.9 percent shooting in their last five games. The Jazz have allowed 91 or less points in 10 straight games and have won eight of their last nine games on their home court. Elijah Millsap is expected to miss this game.
The Wizards are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Jazz are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 10-4-2 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Jazz are playing lights out basketball right now and are playing elite level defense. The Wizards have been horrible on the road, which is why I'm backing Utah and the small chalk.