Free NBA Hoops Prediction: Jazz vs Wizards Odds
Weekly NBA betting sees the Utah Jazz taking on the Washington Wizards Thursday February 18 at Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE NBA hoops predictions.
Utah Jazz (26-26) vs. Washington Wizards (23-28)
Date: Thursday February 18th
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Washington -1
NBA Betting Total: 199
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It’s very rare to have to play a makeup game in the NBA.
However, thanks to a winter storm on the east coast, this one of those makeup games as the Jazz and Wizards meet on Thursday night.
Both teams continue to fight towards the bottom seeds in their respective conferences as the Wizards sit in 10th while the Jazz sit in 8th.
Utah is happy to get back into action as they finished the break as one of the best teams in the NBA.
While they did fall in their final game to New Orleans, it put an end to a 7 game winning streak they were on. Winning 7 of 8, Utah has jumped back into the playoff picture to start the 2nd half, sitting in the 8 seed 2.5 games up on the Rockets.
Derrick Favors has propelled the turn-around for the Jazz as he has been at the center of this current run. Favors missed 16 straight games where the Jazz went 7-9, which was respectable and kept them relevant.
Since Favors has returned to the lineup, the Jazz has gone 7-2.
The Wizards have gone in the complete opposite direction, losing 9 of 13 to close out the first half and have one of the hardest schedules in the NBA in the 2nd half.
This has been quite the poor season in regards to the Wizards standards as this was the 5th seed last season and they even got passed the first round in last year’s Eastern Conference Playoffs.
Things have been a bit different this season as they sit last in the league in rebounding and are in the bottom tier defensively. The Wizards have allowed 105.4 points per game this season, which is nearly 5 points worse than last year’s defensive efficiency.
Washington’s major bright spot this season has been John Wall, who was the lone All Star rep for Washington. Wall actually ended up continuing his hot play in the game as he scored 22 points on 10 of 14 shooting.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Jazz are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Jazz are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games.
- Wizards are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
- Wizards are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games following a straight up loss.
- Wizards are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games following a ATS loss.
Free NBA Prediction:
The break was actually good for the Wizards and bad for Utah. The Jazz were extremely hot and the Wizards were extremely cold.
Look for the break to really switch fortunes and mentalities for both teams, giving the home side the edge here.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Washington ATS
NBA Free Score Prediction: Washington 106- Utah 101
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