Jazz vs Wizards Picks and Predictions for March 18

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Updated: March 18, 2021

Washington point guard has picked up his play recently, averaging 24.5 points and 10.9 assists per game over his last 10 contests, heading into Thursday’s matchup with the Utah Jazz.

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After a big win over the Boston Celtics, the Utah Jazz look to get right back to it with a road game against the Washington Wizards.

As heavy NBA betting underdogs, does Washington have any chance at gutting one out against Utah? Find out below, as we give our free Jazz vs. Wizards picks and predictions for Thursday, March 18 at Capital One Arena, with tip-off at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Utah Jazz at Washington Wizards betting preview

Injuries

Jazz: Udoka Azubuike C (Out).
Wizards: Raul Neto G  (Questionable), Ish Smith G (Out), Thomas Bryant C (Out).
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Betting trend to know

The Over is 4-1 in Washington’s last five games. Find more NBA betting trends for Jazz vs. Wizards.

The line opened at Utah -9.5, with the total at 237.5. Early action heavily favored the Jazz, moving the spread to -11.5, with the Over/Under dropping to 236.5. Check back later for a full report from Patrick!

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Against the spread (ATS) pick

The Wizards lost on a last-second shot by De’Aaron Fox last night, so they will definitely be a bit demoralized when they take the floor here. However, they are also facing one of the best teams in basketball, and with players like Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal, one would think that the team will rise to the occasion in this one.

And in order to cover in this game, there’s a pretty low bar for what “rising to the occasion” actually means. As long as Washington doesn’t get blown out in this one, the team will likely be okay considering how lofty this spread is. 

For as good as the Jazz are, they have turned in a couple of duds lately. Before beating Boston, Utah had failed to cover in five of its previous six games and the team had really struggled to get stops in those contests.

Sure, the Jazz looked to have figured that problem out against the Celtics, but Boston isn’t a good team right now. And overall, it wouldn’t be all that shocking if the Jazz had a little trouble containing Westbrook and Beal here. That would be especially true if somebody like Davis Bertans or Rui Hachimura – who is averaging 22.7 points per game over his last three – steps it up for the Wiz.

Washington has one of the five worst defensive ratings in the league this season, but the team is 18th in the NBA in defensive rating over the last 10 games. That’s not exactly a massive improvement, but it’s been enough to make the Wizards competitive—and they should be just that tonight.

PREDICTION: Wizards +11.5 (-110)

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Over/Under pick

The Over has hit in four of the Wizards’ last five games, and they now face a Utah team that is deadly from behind the three-point line.

The Jazz do occasionally go cold but it’d be surprising if they just flat-out struggle in this one, as they’ll see a lot of open looks and should be able to take advantage. However, the same also goes for the Wizards.

Utah is just 19th in the NBA in defensive rating over the last 10 games, so this is also a team that isn’t getting a lot of stops at the moment. Westbrook is going to push the pace and find his teammates some open looks, and Beal is going to do what he does best and score the basketball.

PREDICTION: Over 236.5 (-110)

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Jazz vs Wizards betting card

  • Wizards +11.5 (-110)
  • Over 236.5 (-110)

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