Utah Jazz vs Washington Wizards betting tips and predictions for Thursday’s NBA game on NBA TV. After their thrilling encounter earlier in the season, the Wizards and Jazz meet for the 2nd and final time as they lock horns at Vivint Arena tonight. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
A solid win at Detroit was a good way to close out a mini 3-game road trip for the Jazz, following 26 and 23 point losses to Milwaukee and Cleveland. Lauri Markkanen showed once again why he’s a candidate to make the All-Star team this season by scoring 38 points. Jordan Clarkson added 21, while Jarred Vanderbilt added 18 and 13 rebounds.
It was only the 7th road win in 18 games for Utah, they are far better when playing at home with a 11-5 SU record. The Wizards actually beat them on the road earlier this season, so it will be revenge time for the Jazz tonight. In the last 10 meetings Utah holds the advantage with 6 wins, but 2 of the 3 most recent encounter have gone Washington’s way. Covering the spread vs Eastern Conference opponents has been a challenge, Utah is just 2-7 ATS over the last 9 games.
Washington shocked a lot of people with a road win at Phoenix, which ended a 10-game losing streak. This team has been disappointing for a long time, with just 4 wins in 17 road games this season they are one of the most underperforming teams in the entire league. Bradley Beal finally returned to the line-up a couple of games ago, but the bad news is Kristaps Porzingis is questionable here with an illness. Washington is 2-1 without the Latvian, but against a Jazz squad that is very tough on the inside they might find it difficult to score baskets here. The Wizards have been able to cover the spread on a consistent basis in this match-up, going 5-1 ATS in the last 6 head-to-head.
I’m more inclined to back the road team here, just because they have their best player Bradley Beal back. Although they won by 15, the Jazz have struggled to maintain consistency lately, that could cost them in tonight’s game. Take the road team and the extra points.
Utah Jazz vs Washington Wizards Predictions & Odds
If you’ve been backing the over in recent meetings between these teams, then you have made a lot of money. That bet had cashed 6 times in the last 8 meetings, and after watching these two teams play lately that could be the case in tonight’s game as well. Utah has conceded at least 120 points in 3 of their last 4 games, which is music to the ears of Bradley Beal who will be the sole scoring option for Washington in this game if Porzingis is out.
Another stat worth pointing out is Washington’s run of 9 games in a row with the over cashing in games against Northwest Division opponents. Utah is 5th in offensive efficiency this season, scoring 113 points per 100 possessions. I think we’ll see that on full display in tonight’s game, so let’s go with the over.