The Utah Jazz will be playing the Washington Wizards tomorrow at Capital One Arena. The Utah Jazz go into this game with a record of 40-29 and are sitting 7th in the Western Conference. Meanwhile, the Washington Wizards enter this game with a record of 30-40 and are 11th in the Eastern Conference. The Jazz are coming off a 114-98 win at home over the Nets and the Wizards are coming off a 135-128 win at home versus the Grizzlies.
For the Jazz, their opportunity to make a late climb in the Western Conference standings is now. The Jazz have 13 games remaining and only their last two are against teams that are above .500, the Clippers and Nuggets respectively. The Jazz are considered to have one of the easiest schedules remaining in the NBA. The Jazz are in the 7th seed, but are only two games behind the fourth seed. The Jazz can still compete for home court advantage in the first round of the Playoffs. Their run has to come now. Their schedule includes games against the Wizards twice, the Suns twice, and teams such as the Hawks, Bulls, Lakers, and Knicks. These are all games the Jazz should win. They come into this game with a three game winning streak. The Jazz start off their four game east-coast road trip against the Wizards tomorrow.
For the Wizards, it seems as if nothing but drama and negativity has followed this franchise. John Wall’s injuries prevented the Wizards’ hope of making the playoffs. Wall’s off the court drama has not helped the franchise either. As a result, about midway through the season, the Wizards decided to tank. Bradley Beal has put up career numbers as he is considered the main bright spot for this team. This year, Bradley Beal is averaging 26.2 PPG and 5.6 APG. With Wall out of the picture, Beal has taken on more of the scoring and has become more of a facilitator, explaining his career high assist numbers. Beal has been known for his high scoring outputs this season, but his numbers have not led to an increase in wins for the Wizards. Their lack of talent and depth in the front court as well as their putrid defensive numbers have made the Washington Wizards one of the most disappointing teams this season,
Overall, the Jazz should be able to win this game. They are hitting their stride offensively and are coming off a day of rest. Gobert should be able to out muscle and maneuver Thomas Bryant both offensively and defensively and Donovan Mitchell should continue to hit shots. As long as the Jazz contain Bradley Beal, I can’t imagine seeing the Jazz lose this game. My final score prediction: Jazz 110, Wizards 98.