Will Gobert Jazz up the Wizards? NBA Betting Predictions

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Jason Lake

Monday, December 4, 2017 12:42 PM GMT

Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 12:42 PM GMT

The Utah Jazz have won five straight SU and ATS without Rudy Gobert. But can they beat the NBA odds if Gobert suits up Monday night against the Washington Wizards?

Free NBA Picks: Jazz -3.5Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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Washington Wizards vs. Utah Jazz

We need to talk about the Utah Jazz. They looked vulnerable heading into Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers, but even without Rudy Gobert in the lineup, they managed to beat the Clippers 126-107 as 1-point road dogs. Then they dumped the New Orleans Pelicans (–3.5 away) 114-108, extending their current winning streak to five games SU and ATS. Nice team, they’ve got there.

Can the Jazz make is six in a row when they face the Washington Wizards this Monday (9:00 p.m. ET) at the old Delta Center? This is going to be another tricky one; Gobert (+2.8 BPM) remains questionable for Utah, so there’s nothing on the NBA odds board for this matchup yet as we go to press. Also, John Wall (+3.1 BPM) is out indefinitely for the Wiz. He’s not expected to play until next week sometime. Tricky tricky tricky.

Salt Lake Shuffle

If Gobert (knee) does end up playing for the Jazz (12-11 SU, 13-10 ATS), Washington might be the right NBA pick for Monday’s game. The rationale behind taking the Clippers on Friday would have been their ATS performance level without Blake Griffin, who’s also on the mend. However, with Gobert inactive for Utah, that took away any contrarian value in picking the team without its injured star player.

Reading the tealeaves, it wouldn’t surprise us here at the ranch if Gobert sits this one out, too. Monday is the first of back-to-back games for the Jazz; they’ll face the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday, so that’s probably a more realistic return date. Once again, we’re going to recommend you wait until shoot-around to see who’s going to suit up against the Wiz (12-10 SU and ATS) before you invest any money in this matchup.

Having said that, we did mention that the Wizards were a viable “follow” candidate based on their body of work so far, and they did indeed beat the Detroit Pistons 109-91 on Friday as 1-point home dogs. But check out the Jazz and their Pythagorean record: 14-9 (.624). They’ve got plenty of upsides, too, when you compare their level of play to their actual won-loss record. Tread carefully with this one, folks, and may the sphere be with you.

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