The Washington Wizards and Utah Jazz are scheduled to dance at Vivint Arena on Saturday night. The Jazz are coming off a lackadaisical performance with a 128-126 loss in an entertaining contest in Salt Lake City last night.
Utah received big production offensively, including Donovan Mitchell who went for 27 points and 5 rebounds.
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) December 18, 2021
Rudy Gobert put in 16 points and 14 rebounds in the losing effort. While the offense clicked, the Jazz looked off defensively.
As someone on the OVER, it was good to see the Jazz laying down on defense. It just wasn’t like them to look that paper thin, though.
I was anticipating some form of better resistance from the Jazz in that one. It was a game that they probably should have one as heavy favorites.
With the loss, the Jazz have lost just two of their last ten games since November 26. It’s a small blip on a nice run for the Jazz recently.
They go into Saturday night with a record of 20-8 and 3.5 games behind the Golden State Warriors for the lead in the West. The Jazz are within striking distance, and that’s all they can ask for.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) December 17, 2021
The Wizards are in Utah following a 118-98 loss in Phoenix on Thursday night. They’ve gone on a four-game losing streak, which includes a 123-98 loss on December 11 at home.
Following that loss, the Wizards embarked on a six-game road trip. This is their fourth stop on the road trip, and still looking for their first win.
Kyle Kuzma returned against the Suns, but he made little impact with 4 points on 2-6 shooting. Washington needs more from him tonight in Salt Lake. Head below for our free Wizards vs. Jazz pick on December 18, 2021.
Washington Wizards vs. Utah Jazz Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of BetUS:
|Washington Wizards||+9.5 (-110)||+400||Over 223.5 (-110)|
|Utah Jazz||-9.5 (-110)||-500||Under 223.5 (-110)|
|Team Data||Washington Wizards||Utah Jazz|
|Points Per Game||105.5||116.0|
|Points Against Per Game||108.3||105.0|
|Field Goal %||44.4||48.3|
|Three Point %||32.3||37.3|
Wizards vs. Jazz Prediction:
The Jazz were not in their expected form last night against the spurs. The Spurs were the aggressors and took it to the Jazz’s defense, which is typically stout and physical.
Utah didn’t want any of it last night. Having said that, the Jazz have been solid on defense this season with 105 points allowed per game for seventh in the NBA.
They’ve held opponents to a three-point percentage of 32.5%. That’s good for fourth going into Saturday night.
The Jazz have been playing well on the offensive side as well. This is a well-rounded team that is one of the only teams in the West that can compete with the Warriors and Suns.
They have scored 116 points a game and are shooting 48.3% from the field. Both are good for the lead in the NBA entering Saturday night.
Washington Wizards vs. Utah Jazz Betting Trends:
- 3-13-1 ATS in their previous 17 games
- 0-4-1 ATS in their previous five games as an underdog
- 0-5 ATS in their previous five games on one-day rest
- 1-8 ATS in their previous nine games on the road versus a team with a winning home record
- 5-15-1 ATS in their previous 21 games on the road
- 4-1 ATS in their previous five games
- 13-6 ATS in their previous 19 games after scoring at least 125 points
- 5-1 overall in their previous five games versus the Wizards at Vivint Arena
- 4-2 ATS in their previous six games in the Eastern Conference
- OVER is 5-1 in their previous six games versus the Wizards
Washington has lost seven of their last eight games, with their only win a 119-116 final in overtime against the Detroit Pistons. Note that the Wizards haven’t covered a game since December 1 in a 115-107 win over the Timberwolves.
Since that win, the Wizards have gone 0-7-1 against the spread. On the season, the Wizards have been fade material at 12-17-1 against the spread. They need to do everything better, but their offense could afford to be more consistent.
The Wizards enter Salt Lake City with 105.5 points scored per game for 25th in the NBA. They are hitting just 32.3% from three.
On the road, Washington has scored just 102.8 points per game. Their defense hasn’t done much to help either.
Washington goes into this one with 108.3 points against per game in 17th. They are also 17th with opponents shooting 45.3% from the field.
The Jazz will probably score, and I’m most concerned with Washington keeping up. Following a lazy defensive performance last night, expect Utah to clamp down on the Wizards.
I’m on the Jazz to pull away for a double-digit win to cover at home on a back-to-back. They cleared the Wizards 123-98 last week in Washington, and a 119-105 win this time seems likely.