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GBB NBA Over/Under Preview: Utah Jazz & Washington Wizards

We wrap up our Over/Under preview with the Jazz and Wizards!

NBA: Washington Wizards at Utah Jazz Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

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The GBB Staff taking part in this challenge are-

Joe Mullinax - Site Manager

Matt Hrdlicka - Senior Features Writer

Kevin Yeung - Senior Features Writer

Chase Lucas - Features Writer

Mac Trammell - Features Writer

Brandon Conner - Features Writer

Jonathan Concool - Game Coverage Writer

Collin Huguley - Game Coverage Writer

Austin Reynolds - Game Coverage Writer

Corban Ford - Game Coverage Writer

Jonah Jordan - GBB Boots on the Ground Editor

Adam Rubrum- GBB Boots on the Ground Editor

Today Jonah Jordan will break down the Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards.

Utah Jazz: Vegas Prediction - 47.5 Wins

Overall GBB Staff Predictions:

  • Six take the over (Lucas, Ford, Conner, Jordan, Trammell, Huguley), six take the under (Mullinax, Hrdlicka, Reynolds, Concool, Rubrum, Yeung)
  • Average projected record - 48-34

Players to watch and prediction: The Utah Jazz have are on the cusp of making the jump from young team full of upstarts to a legitimate player in the Western Conference.

A young core of Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward, Rodney Hood and Dante Exum is primed to explode after being surrounded with veterans this offseason. Last season the Jazz struggled mightily with injuries, Favors and Gobert missed 20+ games while Exum missed the whole season and Alec Burks was limited to 31 games. They were still able to eek out a 40-42 record and the 9th overall season in the Western Conference.

Hayward is going to miss some time to start the season, but the Jazz have the personnel to tread water until he returns. Burks has shown he can be a solid scorer ,when healthy, and it’s unclear if he will be opening night, and Hood is another scorer who has shown the ability to spread the floor.

The most underrated acquisition of the offseason was George Hill heading from Indiana to Utah in a three-team deal involving Jeff Teague and draft picks. Health and consistency have been lacking from the Jazz point guard spot for some time, Hill has only played less than 74 games twice in his career while being a steady presence off the San Antonio Spurs bench then in the starting lineup for some very good Indiana Pacer teams.

If Hill continues his consistent two-way play the Jazz are going to have one of the best defenses in the league. Head coach Quin Snyder has the pieces in place to protect the rim and make things difficult at the point of attack. Wing defense could be an issue without Hayward, but Favors and Gobert will be able to make up for that.

They followed the Hill deal up by picking up Boris Diaw from the Spurs, and picking up seven-time All-Star Joe Johnson in free agency. They’ll bolster a bench that was Snyder’s downfall last season.

I have the Jazz going over their projected win total of 47.5 and getting to 50 wins, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they get a little more than that if they’re healthy.

Washington Wizards: Vegas Prediction - 42.5 Wins

Overall GBB Staff Predictions:

  • Eight take the over (Lucas, Ford, Reynolds, Conner, Jordan, Huguley, Rubrum, Yeung), four take the under (Mullinax, Hrdlicka, Concool, Trammell)

Average projected record: 43-39

Players to watch and prediction: The Washington Wizards were a disappointment last season, going 41-41 which put them outside of the playoffs at the 10th overall seed.

The poor 2015-’16 campaign led to head coach Randy Wittman losing his head coaching position. Former Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks was hired to replace him, and take this team to the playoffs while developing John Wall and Bradley Beal.

Wall is the catalyst for this team, he is a freight train who can dish the ball with the best of them on offense and a pest on defense.The former Kentucky Wildcat has areas to improve on, but he needs some help if the Wizards are going to make noise in the Eastern Conference.

Beal is already struggling with injuries in the preseason, if he can’t stay even remotely healthy this season I think it will be much of the same for the Wizards. They’ll lack a legitimate outside threat which makes Marcin Gortat and Wall infinitely more guard able.

Nene Hilario joined James Harden in Houston, and the ever reliable Jared Dudley left D.C. for Phoenix this offseason. Gortat and Markieff Morris are going to be Wall’s front court to start this season. I think Otto Porter is a quality wing player who complements the others well. I’m interested to see if Kelly Oubre Jr. can tap into his potential in his sophomore season.

Vegas has them at 42.5 and I’ve gone slightly over at 44 wins for the 2016-’17 season.

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