Wizards vs. Jazz - 2/18/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Jazz (26-26) at Washington Wizards (23-28)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Wizards -1 -- Over/Under: 199 See the Latest Odds
The Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards square off Thursday night at the Verizon Center.
The Utah Jazz look to keep rolling after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 97.8 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 96.4 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 19.9 points and 3.7 assists while Derrick Favors is averaging 16.6 points and 8.5 rebounds. Rodney Hood is dishing 2.6 assists and Rudy Gobert is grabbing 10.5 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 75.4 percent from the free throw line. The Jazz are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.6 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have lost six of their last 10 road games. Trey Burke is questionable with an illness.
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The Washington Wizards could use a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Washington Wizards are averaging 102.7 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 105.4 points on 47.1 percent shooting. John Wall is averaging 20 points and 9.9 assists while Bradley Beal is averaging 18.7 points and 3.7 rebounds. Marcin Gortat is grabbing 9.9 rebounds and Otto Porter Jr. is dishing 1.9 assists. The Washington Wizards are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Wizards are allowing 38.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.8 rebounds per game. The Washington Wizards have lost five of their last seven home games. Gary Neal is questionable with a thigh injury.
The Jazz are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games. The Wizards are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Jazz are 9-4-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Washington.
The Jazz haven't been the best road team this season and are playing a Wizards team that's capable of making a second half run in the watered down East. Utah struggles to score. I expect a rested Wall and Beal to be able to carry the load and get the Wizards a much needed victory.