Utah Jazz vs Washington Wizards Prediction, 3/18/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Utah Jazz vs Washington Wizards
Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Odds/Point Spread: Utah (-4.5)
The Washington Wizards (14-24) host the Utah Jazz (29-10) at Capital One Arena on Thursday. The spread on this contest has Utah as 4.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 228.
The Utah Jazz faced off with the Boston Celtics and went home with a win by a final score of 117-109 in their last game. Utah finished with a 47.5% FG percentage (38 out of 80) and made 19 out of their 43 shots from 3-point land. At the charity stripe, the Jazz converted 22 of their 24 attempts for a rate of 91.7%. In the matter of rebounding, they earned 38 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 23 assists in the matchup as well as forcing 13 turnovers and earning 6 steals. In terms of defending, Utah let their opponent shoot 49.0% from the floor on 48 out of 98 shooting. Boston earned 28 dimes and had 8 steals in the game. In addition, Boston collected 45 rebounds (16 offensive, 29 defensive) and had 6 blocks. Boston went 75.0% when shooting free throws by converting 3 of their 4 attempts. They knocked down 10 out of their 29 tries from distance.
Donovan Mitchell is a guy who came through in the game. He totaled 21 points on 6 out of 16 shooting. He was on the court for 33:12 mins played and grabbed 2 rebounds. Mitchell ended up shooting 37.5% from the field and recorded 5 dimes. Another guy that was a major contributor in the game for the Jazz was Mike Conley. He snagged 1 rebound in his 32:30 min played on the night. He finished the contest at 50.0% from the floor in this game via 6-of-12 (17 points). When all was said and done, Conley accounted for 5 assists.
Utah enters this one with a record of 29-10 so far this year. The Jazz are shooting 39.7% on three-point shots (663 of 1,669) and 78.4% from the free throw line. They are averaging 116.6 points per contest (3rd in the league) while hitting 46.8% from the floor. They turn the ball over 14.4 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 18.8 personal fouls per contest. As a team, Utah is collecting 47.8 rebounds per game and is sitting with 930 dimes this year, which is 21st in basketball in terms of passing the rock. Defensively, the Jazz are able to force 11.7 turnovers per game and they draw 19.5 personal fouls. The Jazz defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 45.1% (457 of 761) and they relinquish 42.7 boards per game as a team. They are 2nd in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 870 surrendered on the season. They are surrendering 35.3% on shots from distance and they are ranked 5th in the NBA in PPG from their opponents (108.2).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Washington Wizards took a loss by a final score of 133-122 when they faced the Milwaukee Bucks. The Wizards corralled 31 defensive boards and 2 offensive boards totaling 33 for the contest. They turned it over 14 times, while recording 5 steals for the game. The Bucks were called for 20 fouls in this matchup which took the Wizards to the charity stripe for 24 tries. They were able to knock down 18 of the free throws for a percentage of 75.0%. In terms of shots from beyond the perimeter, Washington converted 16 of their 38 attempts (42.1%). When all was said and done, the Wizards shot 44 out of 87 from the field which had them at 50.6%. The Wizards permitted the Bucks to make 52 out of their 94 attempts from the field which left them shooting 55.3% in this contest. They finished 39.3% from 3-point land by going 11 of 28 and ended up shooting 18 out of 19 at the free throw line (94.7%). When discussing cleaning up the glass, Washington allowed Milwaukee to snag 46 overall (9 on the offensive glass).
Bradley Beal ended up being a major contributor for the Wizards in this matchup. He knocked down 13 of 19 in this matchup for a rate of 68.4%, and added 6 rebounds. Beal scored 37 points in his 41:45 mins of playing time and accumulated 5 assists in this game. One more player who was a determining factor for Washington was Russell Westbrook. He finished this one with 17 assists in 38:35 mins on the court, and he put in 8 of 19 from the floor. Westbrook walked away from this one going 42.1% from the floor as well as notching 23 points and 5 boards.
Washington has a win-loss mark of 14-24 on the season. The Wizards are committing 21.8 fouls per game and they shoot 76.4% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 24.9 times per game (17th in the league) and they turn it over 14.2 times per contest. Washington has accounted for 4,356 points so far this season (114.6 per contest) and they average 43.5 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Wizards are connecting on 46.0% from the field, which is 19th in the league. The Wizards are ranked 30th in the league in points per game surrendered with 120.1. The Washington defense allows 38.7% on three-point shots (506 of 1,309) and opponents are converting on 78.1% of their foul shots. They surrender 24.5 dimes and 47.7 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 12th and 27th in basketball. They are able to force 15.3 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 47.8% from the field (25th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Utah (-4.5)
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