Utah Takes on the Wizards in DC and the Suns Look to Continue Their Winning Ways

Monday, March 18, 2019 3:56 PM UTC

Monday, Mar. 18, 2019 3:56 PM UTC

The Jazz look to improve their playoff standings, while the Suns are trying to close out the season with positive momentum.

<p style="text-align:center"><strong>Utah (4-29 SU, 36-31-2) at Washington (30-40 SU, 34-36 ATS)</strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Monday 7:00 P.M. ET</strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Free NBA Pick: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/utah-jazz-vs-washington-wizards-3568938/matchup/" target="_blank">Jazz ATS</a></strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Best Line Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4435&amp;book=Pinnacle" target="_blank">Pinnacle</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3568938, "sportsbooksIds":[238,999998,180,169,1096], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p dir="ltr">The Jazz opened up a four point favorite on the road against the Wizard and have an opportunity to improve on their 18-15 road ATS record this season. The Wizards are trying to stay in the hunt. Washington began Sunday in 11th place in the Eastern Conference, three games behind the eighth-place Miami Heat. Utah is seventh in the Western Conference, one-half game behind the streaking San Antonio Spurs.</p><p><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" target="_blank">Utah is on a streak</a> of its own, having won three in a row after Saturday's 114-98 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in Salt Lake City. Rudy Gobert (23 points, 17 rebounds) and Donovan Mitchell (24 points) led the way for the Jazz.</p><p dir="ltr">The Jazz fell behind 19-11 midway through the first quarter, but they responded with a 29-4 run to take complete control and led by 17 at halftime. Utah led by as many as 26 in the second half before coasting to the 16-point victory. Crowder hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help the Jazz protect their lead and the Jazz had a 65-44 edge in rebounding. The Nets shot only 34.7 percent for the game and managed only 38 points in the paint.</p><p dir="ltr">The Wizards will look to close out their five game homestand with a win, but will struggle to be able to keep Rudy Gobert and the rest f the Jazz players off of the boards. The Wizards are the worst rebounding team in the league and are 8-44 on the season when being outrebounded by their opponents. Expect Utah to be able to take advantage of the Wizards on the glass and cruise to victory.</p><p dir="ltr"> </p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Chicago (19-52 SU, 31-38-2 ATS) at Phoenix (17-54 SU, 33-38 ATS)</strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Monday 10:00 P.M. ET</strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Free NBA Pick: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/chicago-bulls-vs-phoenix-suns-3568952/odds/" target="_blank">Suns ATS</a></strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Best Line Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4427&amp;book=BOVADA" target="_blank">Bovada</a></strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3568952, "sportsbooksIds":[999996,999998,1096,169,180], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p dir="ltr">The Suns have finally figure out how to win some ball games this year, even if the other team is technically giving the game away. The Suns appeared headed to double-overtime or perhaps losing on a last-second shot when the New Orleans Pelicans rolled the ball inbounds with 1.1 seconds remaining in overtime of a tied game Saturday.</p><p dir="ltr">But there would be no last-second shot for the Pelicans, as coach Alvin Gentry inexplicably called a timeout his team didn't have. Instead, Devin Booker made the go-ahead technical foul shot, and the Suns went on to post a 138-136 victory.</p><p dir="ltr">Gentry's miscue reminded observers of the 1993 NCAA Tournament title game when Michigan's Chris Webber called for a timeout his team didn't have while trailing by two with 11 seconds left, helping to cement North Carolina's 77-71 victory.</p><p dir="ltr">The triumph gives Phoenix a 6-4 mark since it ended a franchise-worst, 17-game losing streak. The Suns (17-54) now turn their attention to the Bulls (19-52), who have lost five straight games and seven of eight after being trounced 129-102 by the host Sacramento Kings on Sunday. Chicago trailed by 16 points at halftime and then allowed 73 second-half points while falling to 0-2 on a three-game road trip.</p><p dir="ltr">Power forward Lauri Markkanen has scored in double digits in 29 straight games but has slowed down of late. He had just 11 points against the Kings, his third straight outing of 11 or fewer. Markkanen has failed to reach the 20-point mark in eight consecutive contests after tallying at least 20 in each of the previous 11 games.</p><p dir="ltr">Phoenix comes into the game as three point favorites against a Bulls team that is just 13-22 ATS on the road this season. Expect that trend to continue and for the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" target="_blank">Suns to get an easy cover</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Kelly Oubre with the huge jam! He has been killing it in PHX🔥&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;(Via &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/NBATV?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@NBATV&lt;/a&gt;). &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/6h0ubPjnSi\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/6h0ubPjnSi&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/Ballislife/status/1107066801144266752?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;March 16, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p>
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