The Utah Jazz (36-22) will be at home in Vivint Smart Home Arena when they go head-to-head against the Washington Wizards (21-36). Utah opened as a 10.5-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 230.5 points. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on Friday, February 28, 2020.
Washington Wizards vs. Utah Jazz Odds Preview
The Wizards were victorious over the Brooklyn Nets in their last matchup, 110-106, despite being 1.5-point underdogs. Bradley Beal was Washington’s high scorer with 30 points on 11-for-24 shooting. The Wizards forced 18 turnovers and held the Nets to an effective field goal percentage of 0.471 (below the 0.559 mark opponents have averaged against Washington this season). The two teams combined to score 216 points, which finished well under the projected point total of 232.5.
In the Jazz’s last game, they were 5-point favorites and were defeated by the Boston Celtics, 114-103. Donovan Mitchell was the top scorer from either team with 37 points on 15-for-32 shooting. Boston did a fantastic job of converting from the charity stripe (13-16; 81.3 percent). Utah, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 27.1 (above their season average of 20.9). Combined, the two teams scored 217 points, which was just under the projected point total of 217.5.
These two teams have already met once this season. In that game, the two teams combined for 243 points, well over the projected point total of 225.5. The Jazz won 127-116, covering as 6.5-point favorites. The Jazz dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.233 and a solid offensive rebounding percentage of 30.0. For those same stats, the Wizards were 0.161 and 22.0, respectively. Despite the loss, Ian Mahinmi had a standout performance with 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds.
Of Washington’s 57 games, 33 have finished over the projected point total, while 30 of Utah’s 58 games have finished over the projected point total. The Jazz hold the significant advantage straight up (SU) (36-22 vs. 21-36), but the Wizards have been better against the spread (ATS) (30-27 vs. 27-29-2).
The sharp-shooting offense of Utah (third in the NBA with an effective field goal percentage 0.549) will go head-to-head against the porous defense of Washington (29th in effective field goal percentage allowed 0.557). The Jazz figure to have the advantage on that side of the ball.
Washington Wizards vs. Utah Jazz Odds Prediction
Free NBA Pick: SU Winner – Wizards, ATS Winner – Wizards, O/U – Over
The Jazz rank fourth in rebounds allowed per game (42.6) while the Wizards rank 25th (46.5).
Washington ranks 16th in fast break points per game (12.9) while Utah ranks 27th (10.8).
Washington ranks 14th in steals per game (7.9) while Utah ranks 28th (5.7).
Washington ranks 22nd in blocks per game (4.3) while Utah ranks 27th (3.9).
Utah is 13-15-1 ATS at home, while Washington is 14-14 ATS on the road.
The Wizards have 18 overs and 10 unders in 28 road games.
The Jazz have 15 overs and 14 unders in 29 home games.
Utah is 12-2 when they allow less than 100 points, while Washington is 4-0.
The Jazz are 35-16 when they reach 100 points, while the Wizards are 19-34.
The Jazz rank third in three pointers allowed per game (31.4) while the Wizards rank 14th (33.6).
Utah ranks fourth in second chance points allowed per game (11.9) while Washington ranks 29th (15.1).
The Jazz rank first in assists allowed per game (20.9) while the Wizards rank 25th (25.4).
The Jazz rank 15th in points in the paint per game (48.0) while the Wizards rank 24th in points allowed in the paint per game (51.7).
Washington ranks fifth in points off turnovers per game (18.6) while Utah ranks 27th (14.2).
Utah is 1-4 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs in its last five games.
Over its last five outings, Washington is 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Jazz have been outscored by an average of 7.0 points in their last five games. On the season, Utah has defeated opponents by an average of 2.9 points.
During their last five games, the Wizards have scored an average of 116.6 points per game (0.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 115.6 points per game (4.3 below their season average).