Washington Wizards at Utah Jazz – NBA Betting Pick for April 12

Wizards (19-33, 9-17 road) at Jazz (40-13, 22-2 home)

  • Time: 6PM PST – 8PM CST – 9PM EST
  • Place: Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
  • TV: NBC Sports Washington | ATTSN | NBA League Pass

Opening Tip

The Wizards are in the fifth game of a west coast swing that started in Florida and they have been competitive in wins over Orlando and Golden State while suffering a two-point defeat at the hands of the Raptors in Tampa.

Washington is three games back of the Bulls for the 10-seed and the play-in game in the Eastern Conference as they are 4-6 in their last ten outings.

Utah continues to maintain their lead in the Western Conference as the Jazz have won two in a row and 11 out of their last 13. Tonight’s matchup is the third in a five-game home stand.

Utah has won five in a row at home in this series and nine out of the last 10.

The Jazz dropped a 131-122 decision in Washington on March 18 as Bradley Beal scored 43 points and Donovan Mitchell netted 42 in a shootout.

Russell Westbrook is now 13 games off of Oscar Robertson’s NBA career-leading triple-double total of 181.

Key Injuries

  • Washington WizardsBradley Beal (back) – Day to Day | Thomas Bryant (knee) – OUT
  • Utah JazzUdoka Azubuike (ankle) – OUT | Jordan Clarkson (ankle) – OUT | Mike Conley (Rest) – OUT

Wizards:

  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington’s last 7 games
  • Washington is 5-13 SU in it’s last 18 games
  • The Wizards are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games

Jazz:

  • The OVER has been the play in 5 of the last Jazz-Wizards games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the last 6 games when the Jazz face the Eastern Conference
  • The total has gone OVER in the last 5 Utah Jazz games vs. the Southeast Division

Last Time Out

Raul Neto had a career-high 24 points and Russell Westbrook had a triple-double with 17 points, 14 assists, and 11 rebounds, but the Phoenix Suns continued their roll with a 134-106 dusting of the Wizards on Sunday evening. The Suns outscored Washington, 44-24, in the third quarter as they were 6-of-10 from three in the period.

Donovan Mitchell scored 42 points and the Utah Jazz righted themselves after trailing by six points at halftime in taking a 128-112 win over Sacramento in Utah. Mike Conley scored 26 points and Joe Ingles added 20 as the Jazz scored 69 second-half points.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Wizards +11 (-115) +500 O 234.5 (-113)
Jazz -11 (-105) -650 U 234.5 (-107)

Advantage, Washington

Washington Wizards LogoAnytime the tandem of Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal take the court, they are going to impose pressure on the opposing defense with their complementary dynamics. Westbrook has an NBA-high 22 triple-doubles this season while Beal, who should be back after missing last night’s game with a back issue, continues to lead the NBA in scoring at 30.9 points per game.

The problem with the Jazz defense is that it allows opponents to make 60.2 percent of their two-point field goals which is last in the NBA. Westbrook getting to the basket will definitely be a problem for Utah since Mike Conley is scheduled to be out this evening.

Key Wizards Stat

Rui Hachimura (14.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg) has firmly taken control is the Wizards third scorer as he has averaged 12.3 points and 6.3 boards per game in his last three since missing the previous two with injuries. The Gonzaga product is adept at getting into the lane and scoring the ball as well as connecting from the line (77.4%).

Wizards Fact

Davis Bertans is a quiet contributor to the Wizards attack as he leads the league in players coming off the bench who have made at least four threes per game. The Wizards are 10-9 when Bertrans hits at least three triples in a game.

Advantage, Utah

Utah Jazz LogoAs we know the three-point game is Utah’s go-to, the Jazz have taken a higher volume of threes in the last five games than maybe all season as they have averaged 45 per game and take 43.4 on the season. The problem is makes all of a sudden. Utah shot below 27.3 and 25 percent in a pair of recent losses to Dallas and Phoenix. They make 39 percent on the season and consequently will not be able to survive a downward slide in this three-point efficiency when the playoffs roll around.

Key Jazz Stat:

Donovan Mitchell continues to play like a Top 10 player in the NBA as he has made 38.5 percent of his triples, 47.6 percent of his twos, and 84.6 percent of his free throws. Mitchell has 41 games where he has scored over 20 points and 18 with 30-plus points.

Jazz Fact:

Utah continues to be the top rebounding team in the NBA which falls into the leadership of the talented Rudy Gobert who averages 13.4 points per game to coincide with his 14.3 points. Royce O’Neal (6.8 rpg) and Derrick Favors (5.6 rpg) also feed into Utah’s offensive boards and their average of 14.2 second-chance points per game.

Winner: Jazz (-11) 121, Wizards 109

The Bets
Utah Jazz -11
-105
Utah Jazz
-650
UNDER 234.5
-107
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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