Tonight the Jazz are back against the powerhouse Wizards. Ok, they're not exactly that, but they have been playing quite well since John Wall came back from injury. They have won only 9 games all season, and 5 of those have come in the last 7 games, where they have gone 5-2. This includes wins over the Nuggets, Thunder, and Trailblazers, and a close game against the Clippers. The Jazz seem to concur that the Wizards are not to be taken lightly these days and lets hope their play backs up their talk. The Wizards actually match up well against the Jazz in the front court, with vets Nene and Emeka Okafor in the starting lineup (6'11" and 6'10", respectively), and Kevin Seraphin and Trevor Booker coming off the bench. That starting lineup could pose a problem for the Jazz starting big men, especially the much smaller Paul Millsap. True, Okafor is not much of an offensive threat, but look for the Wizards to try and exploit that size advantage right out of the gate. On offense, if Al struggles against the more agile Nene, look for Paul to use his ball handling and that step back jumper against the slower Okafor.
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