It might be time for Adam Silver to break up the Jazz (40-29, 17-17 away). Utah has won seven of its last ten games and has been crushing opponents lately.
They’ll have a chance to prove their good fortune isn’t a fluke when they take on hometown Wizards (30-40, 22-13 home). Tip off time for this must-see matchup is 7:00 p.m. EST on Monday, March 18 at Capital One Arena.
the main ingredient in the Jazz’ secret sauce has been exceptional defense. Utah is giving up just 106.4 points per game and are second in field goals allowed and second in three-pointers allowed. Their ability to apply pressure from start to finish makes them a force to be reckoned with.
The Wizards, meanwhile, are averaging 114.6 points and rank 27th in rebounds and fifth in assists. They’ve been led this season by Bradley Beal, who is averaging 26.2 points per contest on 45.0% shooting.
Washington has won six of its last ten games and is coming off a 128-135 win against the Grizzlies in Washington. Bradley Beal paced the Wizards in that one with 40 points.
The Jazz began as 4.0-point favorites for this match up, with a high over/under total of 229. Utah is 36-31-2 against the spread this season and 33-36-0 over/under, compared to 34-36-0 ATS and 43-27-0 over/under for Washington.
This is the first time this season these two rivals have met.