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Washington Wizards at Utah Jazz (-9.5, 195.5)
Just when you thought that the woeful Wizards might be making, they go and drop another stinker.
The Wizards opened their current five-game road swing by upsetting Detroit and Portland, picking up their sixth and seventh wins of the season. Then Washington was snapped by to reality in a 102-84 loss against the Los Angeles Clippers, dropping the cash as a 13-point underdog.
After the game it sounded like the same old story for the Wizards.
“I don’t look at this game as an 18-point loss, we just ran out of gas at the end,” Wizards Coach Randy Wittman told reporters. “You’re not pleased with a loss, but we fought. We hung in there. We competed. Came up short.”
The Wizards may be able to hang around against Utah on Friday after they have a day to rest their legs. The Jazz have lost five of their last six, covering the number just twice during that span.
Offense has been most of the problem as the Jazz have been held to fewer than 90 points four times during that same stretch.
Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Lakers (-8.5, 186.5)
The Phoenix Suns can finally take a breath. The worst of their schedule is over and not a moment too soon.
The Suns just played three games in three nights and couldn’t pick up a win or a payday in any of those, dropping to 12-18 straight up and against the spread this season.
"Yeah, I got to say it was a pretty tough stretch," center Marcin Gortat told reporters after a 101-99 home loss to Atlanta. "The last time I played, three games in a row was five years ago in the summer league, so it was pretty tough. But that's not an excuse. Every team's going to have back-to-back-to-backs like that. So, we've just got to try to find a way to win the games, especially at home.”
After an off day, it doesn’t get any easier for the Suns. The Lakers are 9-5 against the spread at home this season and own the No. 4 scoring defense in the Association. After this one, the two clubs complete the home-and-home Sunday.