The Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards meet tonight at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC with tip-off scheduled for 6pm EST.
The two teams meet for the first time this season and both come into this game on winning streaks. The Jazz are at the top of the Western Conference standings with a record of 10-3 and are currently on a four game winning streak. Washington comes in with a record of 6-6 and are on a two game winning streak.
How Utah can win: The Jazz have been the surprise of the season so far and are looking to continue that here. For a team that was supposed to tank, it has been a pleasant year so far for fans. They are a team that believes in each other and fights for every possession.
Against a team like the Wizards that plays effective offense but poor defense, the Jazz needs to take advantage of every opportunity. Guard Jordan Clarkson has been having a solid season so far, averaging 18.6 and 5.2 assists per game. They’ll need him to have another good game if they want to take this matchup.
How Washington can win: The Wizards come in after taking down the Dallas Mavericks without star Bradley Beal. Kyle Kuzma dropped 36 points and 11 rebounds in the win, showing his ability to lead a team to victory. If Kuzma can have another strong outing, this Wizards team will be hard to stop.
Going against a team like the Jazz, who have an explosive offense, the Wizards are going to need to play team defense. This is the x-factor for Washington in this game.
Prediction: Utah Jazz 125, Washington Wizards 115
Utah seems to be the better team and gets another big win.