Wizards And Jazz Both Set To Cover At Home

Saturday, February 2, 2019 4:53 PM UTC

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 4:53 PM UTC

The Wizards and Jazz will both use their home courts to their advantage against MVP caliber players in Saturday night's action.

Milwaukee (37-13 SU, 28-19-3 ATS) at Washington (22-29 SU, 23-28 ATS)Saturday 7 P.M. ETFree NBA Pick: Wizards ATSBest Line Offered: 5Dimes

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Washington has struggled on defense all season, but especially against the league’s top players. Five of the ten starters in the 2019 All-Star Game have scored at least 35 against Washington this season. Giannis Antetokounmpo is not one of them, but he hasn’t played against the Wizards yet. He missed the first meeting of the season with a sore quad; a game Washington won 113-106.

Now that’s he’s back healthy, the Wizards will have their hands full, especially if Otto Porter isn’t available. Last season, Giannis averaged 26.8 points, 13.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and 3.0 blocks per game in four meetings against Washington.

The Wizards were still able to go 2-2 against Milwaukee in spite of those big numbers, but it will be a lot harder to keep up if he posts similar numbers this season. Milwaukee has the top defense in the league and the fourth-best defense, so even if they can keep him in check, that won’t be enough for Washington to secure a win.

The Eastern Conference leaders should be at full strength Saturday as they go for their ninth win in 10 games. The Bucks moved 24 games over .500 for the first time since 1986 as all five starters scored in double figures in a 105-92 win over the Raptors in Toronto on Thursday.

Milwaukee's Malcolm Brogdon returned to the starting lineup after missing Tuesday's win at Detroit because of a bruised sternum. Guard Sterling Brown returned after missing one game because of a sore right wrist.The Bucks are averaging 117 points per game, second in the NBA, while the Wizards are averaging 112.7. Washington (22-29) had lost two straight before Wednesday's 107-89 rout of the visiting Indiana Pacers.

This game opened with the Bucks beig favored by six and a half points, but the Wizards are 16-8 ATS at home, so Washington is the choice selection to cover in D.C.

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Houston (29-22 SU, 23-27 ATS) at Utah (30-23 SU, 26-25-2 ATS)Saturday 9 P.M. ETFree NBA Pick: Jazz ATSBest Line Offered: Bovada

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The Rockets have dropped two of three games with Paul back in their starting lineup, including consecutive losses to the New Orleans Pelicans the Denver Nuggets in which their defense was nonexistent. At Denver on Friday, Houston surrendered 48 second-quarter points and 83 in the first half of a 136-122 loss that was the first game of a back-to-back set. The Rockets play at the Utah Jazz on Saturday in Salt Lake City.

Paul, coming back from a hamstring injury, likely will sit out Saturday as the team will be cautious with his minutes, Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. On Friday, Paul posted 20 points and six assists in 29 minutes, his most since logging 36 against Utah on Dec. 17.

The good news for Houston is that Guard James Harden had 30 points, six rebounds, nine assists as he extended his streak of consecutive 30-point games to 25, tied for the third-longest in league history. The bad news for Houston is that the Nuggets shot a robust 62.2 percent from the floor, including 14 of 31 on 3-point attempts. Houston tallied 71 points in the first half yet trailed by double digits at the intermission.

Lackadaisical defense was also their undoing against the undermanned Pelicans on Tuesday. The Rockets' effort against Denver could best be described as noncommittal. The Jazz opened up as six point favorites against the Rockets and should be able to cover at home against the Rockets.

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