The Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards are scheduled for a Saturday night meeting at Capital One Arena. The Jazz will wrap up their four-game road trip in this matchup in Washington. They are looking for the road sweep, and their seventh straight win tonight.
In their most recent outing, the Jazz dispatched the Philadelphia 76ers easily by a score of 118-96 on Thursday. What made it impressive is that the Jazz were on a back-to-back following a 136-104 the night before in Minnesota.
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) December 10, 2021
Instead of a letdown, the Jazz carried on with their business well. After a rocky start, the Jazz appear to be on track and in good form. No one has been able to slow down their offense over the last two weeks. We’ll see if the Wizards have what it takes to do something here.
Prior to this six-game winning streak, the Jazz went 5-6 from November 6 to November 26. They showed potential at times, but consistency was an issue. Utah is up to 18-7 with a three-game disadvantage behind the Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns.
As hot as the Warriors and Suns have been, the Jazz are close. The scariest thing for the Suns and Jazz has to be the return of Klay Thompson to the floor. When Stephen Curry and Thompson start splashing shots together again, it’s going to be tough on the rest of the West.
The Warriors enter tonight with a respectable record of 15-11 following a 119-116 win in overtime against the Detroit Pistons. The win prevented a four-game skid for the Wizards. They lost four of five games before knocking off the Pistons. This isn’t a contender, but they’re showing progress and might squeak into the playoffs.
KYLE KUZMA HITS THE GAME-WINNER IN OT ? pic.twitter.com/CHBHgtd43d
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 9, 2021
Kyle Kuzma put in 26 points to lead the Wizards to their win over the Pistons. He’s been playing well this season with 13.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. However, Kuzma will not be available against the Jazz as he goes into health and safety protocol. It’s a tough game to be without Kuzma.
Head below for our free Jazz vs. Wizards pick on December 11, 2021.
Utah Jazz vs. Washington Wizards Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of BetUS:
|Utah Jazz||-7 (-110)||-280||Over 219.5 (-110)|
|Washington Wizards||+7 (-110)||+240||Under 219.5 (-110)|
|Team Data||Utah Jazz||Washington Wizards|
|Points Per Game||115.0||106.0|
|Points Against Per Game||104.4||106.8|
|Field Goal %||47.9||46.2|
|Three Point %||37.4||32.7|
Jazz vs. Wizards Prediction:
The Wizards would like to have Kyle Kuzma for this tough challenge after he led the team to a win over the Pistons. They need as much as they can to throw at Rudy Gobert and Bojan Bogdanovic, but Kuzma won’t be present.
Kuzma developed into a reliable defender last season with the Lakers, helping that team hold up decently enough amid injuries.
The Lakers weren’t scoring a lot with Lebron James and Anthony Davis in and out of the lineup, but their defense still held up.
He wasn’t the most beloved Laker, but his absence will sting for the Wizards against a team they can’t afford to go into short-handed. Not with how the Jazz are playing right now.
The Jazz go into this one scoring 126 points per game in their last six games. Overall, the Jazz are second in the NBA with 115 points per game, and second with a field goal percentage of 47.9%.
They are capable of going inside or outside. Gobert is a force in the paint, but the Jazz can also shoot from the perimeter. Utah is connecting at a 37.4% clip from three for third in the NBA.
Utah Jazz vs. Washington Wizards Betting Trends:
- 4-2 ATS in their previous six games
- 6-0 overall in their previous six games
- 9-2 overall in their previous 11 games versus the Wizards
- 4-1 ATS in their previous five games at Capital One Arena
- 5-0 overall in their previous five games on the road
- 2-7-1 ATS in their previous ten games
- 1-4 ATS in their previous five games versus the Jazz at Capital One Arena
- 1-4 ATS in their previous five games on two-day rest
- 1-4 ATS in their previous five games
- 0-4 ATS in their previous four games after scoring more than 100 points
The Jazz defense is beginning to look like the unit from last season as well. They are up to third in the NBA with 104.4 points allowed per game. Opponents are shooting just 32.3% from deep on their defense.
Utah are the best in the business at cleaning up the defensive boards. They lead the league in defensive rebounding and fourth in offensive rebounding. Expect the Jazz to dominate the glass and pick up plenty of second chance points.
Washington is 21st in the league with 106 points scored per game. Their lack of talent at shooting the three ball has held them down offensively. They are just 32.7% from downtown for 27th in the NBA. The Jazz are great at defending the perimeter, so it should be tough again.
I’d give the Wizards more consideration if they had Kuzma tonight. His absence will make it tough on Bradley Beal to do it all in this one. Maybe he does, but I’m betting the Jazz pull away in the second-half to head home with a road sweep in their back pocket.