NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, March 24th (All times eastern)
Washington Wizards (36-29) at Utah Jazz (21-46), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Utah Jazz will attempt to string together consecutive wins for the first time since a three-game winning streak bridging February and March this evening, when they host the Washington Wizards at the Delta Center.
Utah began its seven-game homestand with a 115-107 victory over the reeling Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. Mehmet Okur matched a career-high with 27 points and pulled down 16 rebounds, as the Jazz snapped a nine-game losing streak.
Matt Harpring added 23 points and Gordan Giricek had 22 for the Jazz, who outscored the Lakers 17-7 over the final five minutes to break their lengthy slide. Andrei Kirilenko contributed 18 points off the bench for Utah, which shot 59.2 percent from the field.
The Jazz hit 7-of-15 (.467) from three-point range and 24-of-27 (.889) from the free throw line. Utah outrebounded the Lakers, 36-27, while committing 16 miscues in the contest.
Utah has recorded a 14-18 home mark this season. The Jazz have won three of their last five home tilts.
The Jazz are still without the services of star forward Carlos Boozer, who is sidelined with a sprained foot. Boozer is expected to be out until April.
Washington, which is in the midst of a four-game road trip, has lost four of seven and five of its last nine games. The Wizards' recent woes continued with a 127-98 thrashing at the hands of the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on Tuesday.
Gilbert Arenas had 21 of his 25 points in the first half to lead Washington, which has lost two of three. Jared Jeffries added 15 points for the Wizards, who have dropped 10 of 12 on the road. Washington is 12-20 in foreign buildings.
Larry Hughes and Etan Thomas had 12 points each for the Wizards, who have dropped five straight to the Nuggets.
Washington shooting guards Anthony Peeler (sore knee) and Juan Dixon (sprained right ankle) missed the game. The duo is listed as questionable for this evening's tilt.
Washington shot just 39.7 percent from the field, including 6-of-19 (.316) from three-point range. The Wizards drained 30-of-46 (.652) from the free throw line.
Washington edged the Jazz, 96-95, at the MCI Center on March 19. The Wizards have won two of three and three of the last five meetings. However, Washington has lost five straight and 15 of its last 16 at Utah.
03/24 10:07:37 ET