Wizards chase elusive record in Utah

Wizards chase elusive record in Utah
January 25, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) and Washington Wizards power forward Nene Hilario (42) celebrate against the Brooklyn Nets during the second half at Barclays Center. The Wizards won the game 113-107.

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This could be the one for the Wizards to get over the hump. They're playing their second of four road games, albeit the second of a back-to-back, against a losing team. They've won four of five games away from Verizon Center, where Washington has failed in four previous tries to go over .500 for the first time this late in a season since January 2008.

TV: There is no pregame show and instead the game will tip at 9 p.m. ET from Energy Solutions Arena on CSN+, the overflow channel. Radio: 1500 AM.

Last game: Wizards (21-21) won at the Phoenix Suns 101-95 on Friday; Jazz (14-29) lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves 112-97 at home Tuesday.

Projected starting lineups: Wizards –- PG John Wall, SG Bradley Beal, SF Trevor Ariza, PF Nene, C Marcin Gortat. Jazz –- PG Trey Burke, SG Gordon Hayward, SF Richard Jefferson, PF Marvin Williams, C Enes Kanter.

Entry passes: 1). The bench only contributed 11 points with Trevor Booker leading with six. They'll need more. 2). Speaking of the bench, backup C Kevin Seraphin only lasted five minutes and had two turnovers and wasn't focused getting back quick enough on defense. 3). Wall should be able to use his size to dominate Burke on both ends. 4). Beal needs to score early to get them off to a good start and play sparingly in the second and third quarters so he can close in the fourth. 5). Nineteen turnovers, six alone by Nene, are far too many. 

X-factor: F Martell Webster sat out vs. Phoenix because of the flu after being a game-time decision and that'll be the case vs. Utah, too. ... Jazz C Derrick Favors (groin strain) is a game-time decision. 

He said it: "Tough team. Really good perimeter shooters and they are playing well right now. ... They are going to push the pace." -- Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin on the Wizards, according to the Salt Lake Tribune

Up next: The Wizards will travel to San Francisco and be off Sunday after back-to-back games and practice Monday in the Bay Area before facing the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday (CSN, 10:30 ET). 

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