Washington Wizards at Utah Jazz - 12/22/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

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The Washington Wizards and Utah Jazz meet Thursday in NBA action at the Vivint Arena. The Washington Wizards have lost 8 of their last 9 games. The Utah Jazz have split their last 8 games.

The Washington Wizards are averaging 110.7 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 113.6 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Bradley Beal is averaging 23.4 points and 3.8 rebounds, while Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 22.4 points and 2.7 assists. Kyle Kuzma is the third double-digit scorer, and Rui Hachimura is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.7 rebounds per game.

The Utah Jazz are averaging 116.9 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 116 points on 47.9 percent shooting. Lauri Markkanen is averaging 22.8 points and 8.2 rebounds, while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 20.1 points and 3.7 rebounds. Collin Sexton is the third double-digit scorer and Malik Beasley is dishing 1.5 assists. The Utah Jazz are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.5 rebounds per game.

The Wizards are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games and 4-12-2 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The Jazz are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest. The under is 4-1 in Wizards last 5 overall. The over is 7-3 in Jazz last 10 games playing on 1 days rest. The Wizards are 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Utah and 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

This is a big number for the Utah Jazz, but it's more of a sign of how bad things are for the Wizards. The Washington Wizards have not only lost 10 of their last 11 games, but they don't cover numbers despite being big underdogs most nights. The Utah Jazz do win at home by an average of 5.6 points. I'll lay the number with the Jazz if forced to pick this contest.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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