When: Friday, March 29 at 9:00 pm Eastern Time
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Trevor Ariza (Day-to-day, Groin), John Wall (Out, Heel), Dwight Howard (Out, Back),
Jazz: Dante Exum (Out, Knee)
What to Watch for
Face guarding Bradley Beal worked out perfectly for Utah before
Don’t be surprised if Utah face guards Beal again like they did when the beat the Wizards 116-95 last Monday. They held him to just 15 points in their last bout and it was a tough one to watch him fight through screens to get open. After that game, Beal told reporters he hadn’t been face guarded like that since high school.
Jabari Parker led the Wizards with 19 points against Utah. The only way the Wizards even have a chance of competing with Utah this time around is if Green, Bryant and Portis provide more offense, especially with Ariza’s status in doubt.
Wizards need to actually guard Joe Ingles this time
Last week, Ingles scored 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field and 4-of-8 shooting from the 3-point line. It seemed as if almost every shot he took was uncontested.
It would be nice to see someone from the Wizards not leave him wide open this time around.
Utah passes the ball & has a bench
Everybody ate for the Jazz in their win over the Wizards. 35 of the team’s 49 made field goals were assisted. To make things worse for Washington 58 of their 116 points came in the paint, and they got 55 points from their bench. They also got 55 points from their bench including 18 from noted Wizards antagonist Jae Crowder.