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Wizards vs. Jazz preview: Washington looks to get back on track at home against Utah

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NBA: Washington Wizards at Utah Jazz Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Game info

When: Sunday, February 26 at 5 pm EST
Where: Verizon Center, Washington D.C.
TV: CSN Mid-Atlantic
Radio: 1500 AM and the Wizards Radio App

Injury Report

Wizards: Ian Mahinmi and Chris McCullough are day-to-day for Washington

Jazz: None

Keys to the Game

Utah is in the middle of a tight battle in the Western Conference for home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. They’re currently fourth, but only have a one game lead over the Clippers for that spot. With that in mind, you can bet the Jazz will show up hungry on both sides of the ball.

After a poor showing against the Sixers, Washington will also have plenty to play for as they try redeem themselves. They will have to play 48 minutes of defense if they want to have any shot of slowing down Utah’s attack.

Gordon Hayward makes the rest of this team run efficiently on offense. He’s the only true offensive star on the team to worry about. The Wizards’ game plan should be focused on stopping him. But If the rest of the young guys on this Jazz squad get going, it will be hard for Washington to avoid a two-game losing streak.

Most Likely Wizards Killer: Joe Ingles

NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Utah Jazz Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Washington’s defense tends to sleep on guys outside of the star category, allowing them to have big nights and propel other role players. To stand any chance against Utah’s solid rotation, defending role players must be a high priority, especially Joe Ingles.

Ingles is a 6’8 lefty from Australia with a sweet stroke. For most of the early part of the season, he was edging Otto Porter for best three point percentage in the NBA. He is still shooting 44 percent on the season in 22 minutes of play a night. If Washington doesn’t stay focused on contesting his shots, he will have a field day.