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NBA Betting Picks - Utah Jazz vs Washington Wizards preview, picks and prediction
The Salt Lake City Tribune

In tonight’s interconference matchup, the Utah Jazz (18-7) are facing off versus the Washington Wizards (15-11) at Capital One Arena. Will Bradley Beal and the Wizards snap the Jazz’s six-game win streak?  

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Utah Jazz vs. Washington Wizards news

Furthermore, for Saturday night’s contest, the Jazz are 14-11 against the spread in the 2021-22 NBA season, whereas the Wizards are 12-13-1 against the spread. This game will air live at 7 p.m. ET via AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, NBA League Pass, NBC Sports Washington and Root Sports Northwest. According to Land of Basketball’s database, these two contenders have played one another 108 times during the regular season all-time. Utah is 58-50 versus Washington.

Besides all-time records, in the past three head-to-head meetings, the Wizards are 2-1 against the Jazz. On Apr. 12, 2021, the last time these teams met during the regular season, Washington won 125-121. Anyways, during the fourth quarter of the Wizards-Pistons matchup on Wednesday night, forward Kyle Kuzma was shown displaying an obscene gesture to a Pistons fan. This incident occurred with 9:34 remaining in the fourth quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Yesterday, the league office fined him $15,000.

Utah Jazz vs. Washington Wizards betting lines and odds

NBA Betting Picks - Utah Jazz vs Washington Wizards preview, prediction and picks

Sportsbook: BetUS

Over/Under: 220.5

Point spread: Jazz -5.5 (-110)

Best moneyline: Jazz -210, Wizards +175

Utah Jazz vs. Washington Wizards injury report

Jazz: C Udoka Azubuike (out indefinitely)

Wizards: C Thomas Bryant (out) | PF Rui Hachimura (out indefinitely)

Utah Jazz vs. Washington Wizards preview

Additionally, on Thursday, in the Jazz’s 118-96 road win over the Philadelphia 76ers, guard Donovan Mitchell scored a team-high 22 points in 29 minutes on the court. Center Rudy Gobert ended his performance with another career double-double, accumulating 17 points, 21 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 29 minutes played. In the second quarter, the Jazz outscored the Sixers 34 to 22. Plus, they out-rebounded them 52 to 34.

On top of Utah holding Philadelphia to 20 points in the fourth quarter, they shot 43-for-91 (47.3%) from the floor and 15-for-40 (37.5%) from three-point range. Aside from turnovers, one noteworthy weakness the Jazz must overcome is free throw shooting. While not horrible, they still finished 17-for-24 (70.8%). Now, the team is 9-3 away, 9-4 at home and 7-5 ATS on the road this season. The team is also on a six-game winning streak.

Per ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Jazz have a 73.3% chance of winning. 

As for the Wizards, in their 119-116 overtime road win versus the struggling Pistons on Wednesday, forward Kyle Kuzma led his team in scoring, amassing 26 points in 39 minutes of action. Likewise, guard Bradley Beal closed out his performance with 25 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 43 minutes played. But did the Wizards really need overtime to defeat this four-win team? In the third quarter, despite scoring 37 points, Washington allowed 26 points as well.

Detroit outscored Washington 31 to 25 in the second quarter, too. This is considering the fact that the Wizards out-rebounded the Pistons 45 to 37, and the team held Detroit to 38 points in the free throw lane. On the positive side, at least this road win ended their three-game skid. The Wizards have won four out of their last 10 games. They are now 7-8 away, 8-3 at home and 8-3 ATS at home this season.

Projected starting lineup

Jazz: PG Mike Conley | SG Donovan Mitchell | SF Bojan Bogdanovic | PF Royce O’Neale | C Rudy Gobert

Wizards: PG Spencer Dinwiddie | SG Bradley Beal | SF Kentavious Caldwell-Pope | PF Kyle Kuzma | C Daniel Gafford

Utah Jazz vs. Washington Wizards prediction

Moreover, the total for tonight’s interconference matchup is set at 220.5. Pertaining to the spread consensus, a whopping 94% of bettors are almost positive the Jazz will cover the spread at Capital One Arena. Concerning the point total consensus, 67% of gamblers are predicting the total will go over 220.5. Thus far, Utah is 18-7 as a favorite, 0-0 as an underdog and 7-5 ATS away, whereas Washington is 8-5 as a favorite, 7-6 as an underdog and 8-3 ATS at home.

For valuable betting trends, the Jazz are 4-2 ATS in their past six performances. The total has also gone over in five of their previous six games. Next, they are 1-4 ATS in their last five matches versus the Wizards, and the total has gone under in 10 of their past 15 contests against Eastern Conference opponents. Lastly, the total has gone over in eight of their previous 11 games played in the month of December.

On the other side, the Wizards are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 performances. Also, the total has gone over in four of the team’s prior five contests. And, the total has gone over in the previous five matches against Utah. Next, the Wizards are 14-4 straight up in their last 18 games played at Capital One Arena. In summary, weigh up the likelihood of the Jazz winning and covering the spread. If you are searching for handicap betting advice, check out our guide here at Basketball Insiders.

Utah Jazz vs. Washington Wizards betting pick

Pick the Jazz to win, they will cover the spread and the total will go over 213. Utah is a 5.5-point favorite on the road with BetUS.

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James is a Basketball Insiders contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. James enjoys watching sports and helping gamblers win money.

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