Washington Wizards vs Utah Jazz Predictions, NBA Picks Today 2/28/2020
Game: Washington Wizards vs Utah Jazz
Date: Friday, February 28, 2020
Location: Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
TV: AT&T Sportsnet - Rocky Mountain
Odds/Point Spread: Utah -10.5
Rudy Gobert and the Utah Jazz (36-22, 3rd in the Northwest Division) host the Washington Wizards (21-36, 3rd in the Southeast Division) at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Friday, February 28, 2020. The spread on this matchup has Utah as 10.5 point favorites. The O/U is set at 229.
The Wizards cover the spread 51.8% of the time, having gone 29-27-1 ATS. Utah covers the spread 49.1% of the time, going 28-29-1 against the spread.
Key Washington Wizards Injuries
10/18/19 PG John Wall Achilles is out indefinitely
Key Utah Jazz Injuries
No key injuries to report
Bradley Beal comes into this game averaging 30.1 points per contest while playing 35.8 minutes per night this year. He grabs 4.4 rebounds per contest and distributes 6.0 assists per game. His FG percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage is 85%. Ish Smith averages 10.6 points per contest in 26.4 minutes per game. He averages 4.8 assists per game and 3.1 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 45% for the season while his free throw percentage is 68%.
Rudy Gobert scores 15.4 points per contest while playing 34.6 minutes per game. He hauls in 14.2 rebounds per contest and has 1.5 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 69% and his free throw percentage is at 62%. Donovan Mitchell averages 24.7 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 34.4 minutes per game. He also brings in 4.3 rebounds per game and has 4.3 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 86%.
Useful Team Statistics
Washington averages 115.7 points per contest, which is 5th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -4.2 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a unit, which has them ranked 12th. From 3-point territory they shoot 36%, which is good for 12th in the NBA. They average 42.3 boards per contest and 25.5 assists per game, which ranks them 28th and 11th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 22nd with 14.1 per game. The Wizards allow 119.9 points per contest, which is 30th in the NBA. They also surrender a 49% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 29th and 25th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 46.5 rebounds a game which ranks 25th, and they allow 25.4 assists per game which puts them in 25th place in the league. They force 16.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 27th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Utah is 17th in the NBA with 111.0 points per contest this season. They are 5th in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 2.93. They shoot 38% from beyond the arc, which is good for 1st in the league. They are 13th in the NBA in rebounding with 45.4 boards per contest and 27th in assists per game with 22.0. The Jazz are 11th in turnovers per contest with 15.0. The Jazz give up 108.1 points per game, which ranks them 9th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 11th and 13th in those defensive statistics. They rank 1st with 20.9 dimes allowed per game and 4th with 42.6 boards surrendered per contest. The Jazz are 2nd in the league in forcing turnovers with 12.0 per contest this year.
The Wizards are 13th in the NBA in offensive rating with 111.6, and their defensive rating of 115.6 is ranked 30th. In terms of pace they are 6th in the league with 103.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 17th. As a team they are 13th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shots, ranking 20th in the league. Washington is 24th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 56%, which is 2nd in the league.
Utah is 5th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 10.9 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%, which is 23rd in the league. The Jazz are 10th in the NBA in offensive rating with 112.1, and their defensive rating of 109.2 is ranked 12th. In terms of pace they are 21st in the league with 98.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 55% is 3rd. As a team they are 3rd in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 40% of their shots, ranking 9th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Wizards/Jazz NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Washington +10.5
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