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NBA odds preview - Wizards vs. Jazz

Washington WizardsUtah Jazz
21-21January 25, 2014, 09:00 | EnergySolutions Arena14-29

The Utah Jazz host Washington on Saturday, looking to build on their 14-29 mark against the 21-21 Wizards in NBA action at EnergySolutions Arena.

Utah battles the Wizards, currently with a 21-21 mark (21-20-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 21-22 for the Jazz and 24-18 for the Wizards. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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The Jazz - Wizards odds would favor the Wizards if the lines were set according to power ranks. Utah is rated No. 18 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Wizards sit at No. 16. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 91-85 win for the Wizards.

The Wizards were a 101-95 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Suns. They covered the 3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (196) made winners of UNDER bettors. Washington earned a 101-95 victory over Phoenix on Friday, getting 23 points from Trevor Ariza at US Airways Center.

In their last action, Utah was a 112-97 loser at home against the Timberwolves. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (209) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Gordon Hayward went off for 27 points and added 5 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Minnesota defeated Utah, 112-97 at EnergySolutions Arena.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Utah's No. 27-ranked offense (94.49 PPG) against a Wizards defense that ranks No. 11 at 99.4 PPG. The Jazz have averaged 44.06% from the field per game, less than the Wizards have managed so far this season (44.94% on average).

Next up:
Washington at Golden State, Tuesday, January 28th
Utah home to Sacramento, Monday, January 27th