Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Tonight's Opponent: Utah Jazz

Wizards 9-30 @ Jazz 22-19

Tale of the Tape
PPG 91 98.7
OPP. PPG 96.8 98.6
FG% 0.418 0.448
OPP.FG% 0.439 0.459
3PT FG% 0.338 0.373
OPP. 3PT FG% 0.352 0.376
FT% 0.736 0.768
RPG 43.74 42.4
OPP. RPG 45.64 40.8
APG 21.4 23
TO 15.4 15
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Tonight’s game is the second and last meetings between the Washington Wizards and the Utah
Jazz.  The Jazz won the first meeting, 83-76, on November 17th at Verizon Center.  This is a much different team though, as the Wizards are finally healthy. As usual, it was a cold spell that put the Wizards away. They were down by 2 with about 8 minutes to play, Utah would then go on an 11-2 run. Game over.

The Wizards are playing their best basketball of the season. After Jordan Crawford nailed the 3 at the buzzer to beat Portland, I am looking for this team to build on their momentum. Tonight's game could be the win that will give them that momentum. It would be huge to have a winning record on this trip. Maybe a successful west coast road trip can lead to the winning streak.

Utah has won 7 of their last nine and are coming off a nice break. They last beat Cleveland on the 19th. Randy Foye, of Wizards fame, had 20 points in the win hitting 4 three pointers. Derrick Favors tied his season-high of 19 points along with grabbing eight boards.

Predicted Player of the Game
Bradley Beal struggled in his last game. So I am going to gamble on him. I don't think the rookie struggle for long. With Crawford back in form, I expect tonight the be the first time we see this team clicking on all cylinders  Well almost, when sharp shooter Cartier Martin returns, things could get interesting.

Predicted Winner
Washington 98 Jazz 91

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