Two teams from opposing conferences with playoff hopes for this season are clashing, when the Washington Wizards (23-17), who saw a big winning streak come to an end and want to bounce back, are hosting the Utah Jazz (16-24), who want to end a losing streak of their own.

Date/Time:  01-10-2018, 19:00 EDT

Spread: Washington Wizards -8

Total: +204.5

Wizards have a 23-17 record (19-21 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 4th place of the East. In their last game they saw a four-game winning streak getting snapped by losing at home against the Bucks with a 103-110 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Bradley Beal with 23.6 ppg, adding 4.4 rebounds per game. He is followed by John Wall with 18.7 ppg and a team high 9 assists per game.

Jazz have a 16-24 record (20-20-0 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 10th place of the West. They have three consecutive losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Heat with a 102-103 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by the rookie Donovan Mitchell with 18.5 ppg, while Rodney Hood adds 16.8 ppg. Derrick Favors follows with 12.5 ppg and 6.8 rebounds per game.

In their previous matchup earlier this season, Jazz won at home with a 116-69 score. Wizards are 13-7 at home so far this season, while Jazz are 3-17 on the road. Wizards are better offensively, scoring 106.4 ppg to Jazz’s 103.1, while Jazz are better defensively, allowing 100 ppg to Wizards’ 104. Wizards have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 46.1% to Jazz’s 44.9% and in 3-pointers, shooting with a third-best 36.9% to Jazz’s 36.8%. Wizards are better in rebounding, grabbing 43.3 to Jazz’s 40.8, in assists made, with 22.8 to Jazz’s 21.2 and in turnovers committed (13.8 to 14.4). Jazz have been one of the worse road teams in the league so far and Vegas odds give Wizards a -8 spread which they are expected to beat for an easy home victory today.

Utah Jazz vs Washington Wizards Prediction: Washington Wizards -8 (-107)

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Nikos Lagouretos

My name is Nikos Lagouretos, I am 35 years old from Greece and I have been a basketball enthusiast for almost 25 years, having played semi-pro myself. All those years i have seen countless games, done a ton of reading and statistical analysis and I thought it was about time to put them to some good use. I provide analysis, predictions and specialize in NBA, WNBA and almost every domestic and international club league of Europe.

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