Two teams from opposing conferences coming off victories in their latest matchups are clashing today, when the Washington Wizards (30-40), who have lost only once in their last 4 games and are still on the hunt of the 8th playoff place of the East, are hosting the Utah Jazz (40-29), who are looking to extend their current winning streak.
Date/Time: 03-18-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Washington Wizards +4
Washington Wizards have a 30-40 record (34-36 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 11th place of the East. They have won three of their last four matches and in their last game they won at home against the Grizzlies with a 135-128 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Bradley Beal with 26.2 ppg, adding 5.3 boards and 5.6 dimes per game. He is followed by John Wall with 20.7 ppg and a team high 8.7 dimes per game but he will miss the rest of the season with an injury.
Utah Jazz have a 40-29 record (36-31-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 7th place of the West. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Nets with a 114-98 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Donovan Mitchell with 23.6 ppg, adding 4.1 boards and 4.1 dimes per game. He is followed by Rudy Gobert with 15.4 ppg and a team high 12.9 boards per game.
Jazz won both meetings against the Wizards last season (at home by 47 points and on the road by 3). Wizards have a 21-13 home record, while the Jazz are 17-16 on the road. Wizards are better offensively, scoring 114.6 ppg to Jazz 110.1, while Jazz are better defensively, allowing 106.4 ppg to Wizards’ 116.9. Wizards have a better field goal percentage (47.1% to 46%), while both teams have almost identical 3-point percentage (34.8% to 34.7%). Jazz are better in boards grabbed (46.3 to 41.9), while Wizards are better both in dimes made (26.7 to 25.3) and in turnovers committed (13.9 to 14.8). Both teams are playing better lately and Vegas odds give the Jazz a -4 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds and pick the hosts in this one.
Utah Jazz vs Washington Wizards Prediction: Washington Wizards +4 (-109)
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