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Game 65: Wizards (30-33) @ Jazz (29-35)
Location: Vivint Smart Home Arena • Salt Lake City, UT
Time: 7:00 p.m. (MT)
TV: ROOT Sports • Radio: 1280 AM...

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Utah Jazz look to get back on track with a win tonight while hosting the Washington Wizards. Both of these teams had seasons derailed by injuries to starters and key players all year long. They also both made big changes during the season that shook up the status quo. The difference is that Washington has won 7 of their last 12, while Utah has won just 3 of their last 12. That's . . . that's not so hot.

I don't know what else there is to say at this point. Utah has injures, true. But they've had injuries for months and months, at what point do you accept the fact that your team has to be able to win when Dante Exum and Alec Burks are out while Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert, and Rodney Hood are in? For the Wizards they are barely treading water without Bradley Beal, but at least they finally have Nene back. The big changes to both teams did shake things up. Washington seems to be a much more dangerous team after added Phoenix Suns headache Markieff Morris. Utah just lost all momentum after adding Shelvin Mack.

For Utah they just have to win. Period. They've lost two in a row and seven of their last eight. Washington, for their good play of late, have also lost three in a row. This is the first game of a back to back for them, they play the Denver Nuggets tomorrow night, and end their road trip. This would be a good game to pounce on them. You know. If our team had a desire to pounce on things.

Rosters:

Starters Pos S G MPG PPG RPG APG Starters Pos S G MPG PPG RPG APG
1 John Wall 1 2 63 63 35.9 20.0 4.8 9.9 Dante Exum 1 2 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2 Bradley Beal 2 21 41 30.7 17.8 3.3 2.8 Rodney Hood 2 3 61 61 31.5 14.5 3.3 2.9
3 Otto Porter 3 4 54 56 30.0 11.4 5.1 1.7 Gordon Hayward 3 2 64 64 36.2 20.0 5.0 3.7
4 Markieff Morris 4 3 5 11 25.5 9.0 6.1 1.3 Derrick Favors 4 5 45 47 32.6 16.8 8.4 1.6
5 Marcin Gortat 5 57 57 30.9 13.7 10.1 1.5 Rudy Gobert 5 43 44 33.0 10.0 11.0 1.5
Player Pos S G MPG PPG RPG APG Player Pos S G MPG PPG RPG APG
6 Ramon Sessions 1 0 63 20.3 10.1 2.5 2.6 Shelvin Mack 1 2 9 10 27.9 10.2 3.2 4.2
7 Garrett Temple 2 1 40 61 25.5 7.5 2.6 1.8 Alec Burks 2 1 3 28 27.1 14.3 3.6 2.1
8 Jared Dudley 3 2 39 62 28.0 8.9 3.7 2.1 Joe Ingles 3 2 0 63 14.2 3.8 1.6 1.1
9 Nene Hilario 4 5 8 39 18.7 8.5 4.4 1.6 Trevor Booker 4 2 61 21.6 5.8 6.2 1.0
10 Drew Gooden 4 5 0 28 10.6 2.8 3.0 0.5 Jeff Withey 5 9 42 13.7 4.5 3.5 0.4
Player Pos S G MPG PPG RPG APG Player Pos S G MPG PPG RPG APG
11 Marcus Thornton 2 1 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Raul Neto 1 53 63 19.7 6.0 1.5 2.3
12 Jarell Eddie 2 3 0 19 5.1 2.2 0.7 0.1 Trey Burke 1 2 0 58 22.6 11.2 1.8 2.5
13 Alan Anderson 3 2 0 6 15.5 7.7 2.2 1.2 Chris Johnson 3 2 2 55 12.5 3.1 2.0 0.7
14 Kelly Oubre 4 9 50 11.1 3.6 2.1 0.2 Trey Lyles 4 3 29 62 16.2 4.7 3.6 0.6
15 J.J. Hickson 5 4 0 3 6.0 2.3 2.0 0.0 Tibor Pleiss 5 0 12 6.8 2.0 1.3 0.2

Dante and Alec are out. Rodney is in. Tibor is still with the Stampede down in the D League.

Bradley is questionable / out. Alan is questionable too.

GO JAZZ GO!