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Utah Jazz at Washington Wizards Game Preview

Game 53: Jazz (26-26) @ Wizards (23-28)
Location: Verizon Center • Washington, D.C.
Time: 5:00 p.m. (MT)
TV: ROOT Sports • Radio: 1280 AM / 97.5 FM

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The Utah Jazz get back to it tonight with a game against the Washington Wizards. Both teams were supposed to play last month, but the weather changed that. This is a make-up game after both teams had a lot of time off, and made trades this deadline. The Wizards got Markieff Morris, and the Jazz picked up Shelvin Mack. Both guys will not be playing tonight. And both players were acquired via draft picks -- but the Phoenix Suns are also picking up Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair. If anything, the Wizards aren't huge inside despite having Gortat, Nene, Porter, and Oubre. Utah needs to pound it inside as much as possible. I'm also "cray" enough to think the Jazz have better wings.

Things break down at point guard, because, well, duh.


  • Point Guards: Raul Neto vs. John Wall
  • Shooting Guards: Rodney Hood vs. Bradley Beal
  • Small Forwards: Gordon Hayward vs. Jared Dudley
  • Power Forwards: Derrick Favors vs. Otto Porter
  • Centers: Rudy Gobert vs. Marcin Gortat

Key Bench:

  • Trey Burke (?) vs. Ramon Sessions
  • Joe Ingles vs. Garrett Temple
  • Trevor Booker vs. Nene Hilario
  • Trey Lyles vs. Kelly Oubre

Injuries / Absences:

  • Dante Exum (UTA) -- OUT
  • Alec Burks (UTA) -- OUT
  • Tibor Pleiss (UTA) -- NBA DL
  • Gary Neal (WAS) -- Doubtful
  • Alan Anderson (WAS) -- Questionable

Today has been a busy day, so not much of a preview today.