Detroit Free Press
National Basketball Association
Preview
Washington at Utah
When: 9:00 PM ET, Friday, February 28, 2020
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah

The Utah Jazz attempt to avoid a fifth straight loss - all at home - whey host Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards on Friday night. The Jazz are just 4-9 over the past 13 games, a stretch that began with a season-worst five-game slide.

Utah's troubles continued Wednesday when it lost 114-103 to the Boston Celtics and it dropped the four games by an average of 12.5 points. "We competed defensively," All-Star shooting guard Donovan Mitchell told reporters. "I think we can hang our hats on that. But now it's about sustaining that for 48 minutes. I don't think we should be upset at our effort, just little mistakes that we can fix." The Jazz can't afford breakdowns against the red-hot Beal, who is averaging 35.6 points this month, including efforts of 55, 53 and 43 points. Beal scored 30 in Wednesday's 110-106 home over the Brooklyn Nets as the Wizards halted a three-game slide.

TIME: 9 p.m. ET. TV: NBCS Washington, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, NBA TV Canada

ABOUT THE WIZARDS (21-36): Beal didn't score the decisive points against Brooklyn, instead passing out of a double team to wide-open Jerome Robinson, who knocked down the key 3-pointer with 9.5 seconds left. "The best part about that play was that Bradley Beal made the right play," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said afterward. "He trusts his teammates, made the right play to the left slot to Jerome. Jerome didn't hesitate, he had a tendency to hesitate and I'm telling them, 'he who hesitates doesn't make shots.' I like that. He caught it, had confidence, he took the shot." Robinson, who scored nine points, reached double digits just once all season.

ABOUT THE JAZZ (36-22):
Mitchell has topped 30 points in three straight games - averaging 35.3 during the stretch - but isn't receiving much help from the supporting cast as Utah isn't adjusting well to coverage switches. "When we get stops, just pushing the ball and getting them easy opportunities in transition," point guard Mike Conley said. "I think teams are trying to switch a lot more on the defensive end and it causes us to try to go one-on-one and the ball kind of sticks. When we do that it's harder to get the ball around the horn." The Jazz inserted Royce O'Neale into a starting forward spot in place of Joe Ingles against Boston and he scored 14 points.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Jazz won the past eight meetings, including a 127-116 road win on Jan. 12.

2. Slumping Utah PF Bojan Bogdanvic had just three points on 1-of-8 shooting against the Celtics and he made just 11-of-41 over the past four games.

3. Beal has scored 25 or more points in 16 consecutive games.

PREDICTION: Jazz 112, Wizards 106
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Washington 21-36 W1 14-15 7-21 1-1 20-35 4-8 15-22
Utah 36-22 L4 20-9 16-13 3-0 33-22 5-5 21-16
Last Meeting
Washington Utah
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/12/20 UTA 127 WAS 116 116 37 50.5 127 44 53.3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Washington B. Beal 25 44.0 3
Utah B. Bogdanovic 31 52.2 5
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Washington I. Bonga 7 2 5
Utah R. Gobert 14 5 9
Assists Player  
Washington I. Mahinmi 7
Utah J. Ingles 9
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Washington B. Beal 1563 45.6 352
Utah D. Mitchell 1479 46.0 240
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Washington T. Brown Jr. 291 58 233
Utah R. Gobert 819 207 612
Assists Player  
Washington B. Beal 310
Utah J. Ingles 314
Quickchart Matchup
Washington Washington Off vs  Utah Utah Defense
Washington Off vs Utah - Points For 115.7 Points For
Washington Off vs Utah - Points Against 108.1 Points Against
Washington - FG% 46.3 FG%
Utah - FG% 45.3 FG%
Washington - Reb 42.3 Reb
Utah - Reb 42.6 Reb
Utah Utah Off vs  Washington Washington Defense
Utah Off vs Washington - Points For 111.0 Points For
Utah Off vs Washington - Points Against 119.9 Points Against
Utah - FG% 47.3 FG%
Washington - FG% 48.7 FG%
Utah - Reb 45.4 Reb
Washington - Reb 46.5 Reb