Utah Jazz vs Phoenix Suns betting tips and predictions for Friday’s NBA game on NBA TV. The Jazz are looking to win their 6th straight home win as they host the team with the best record in the NBA, the Phoenix Suns. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Playing well at home is one thing the Jazz playoff hopes reside on, but they still haven’t wrapped up the number 5 seed in the West as the Denver Nuggets are still half a game behind them. Winning tonight would be a huge step towards achieving that goal, their opponent the Phoenix Suns don’t have much left to play for and as we saw in their last game against the Clippers, they tend to rest their starters in order to get ready for the postseason.
If that happens tonight the Jazz will have a much easier task in front of them, they’ve already beaten the Suns once this season and in games played in Salt Lake City they are 10-3 SU in the last 13 meetings. Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell both didn’t play in Utah’s last game vs OKC, they have been upgraded to probable ahead of tonight’s game.
Chris Paul, Jae Crowder, Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton have also all been upgraded to probable for tonight’s game after missing the loss against the Clippers. I think the Suns are doing a good thing resting their starters after securing home court advantage throughout the playoffs, but even if only the reserves play they are still a tough team to beat. Against the Clippers they only lost by 4 points on the road with their bench squad scoring 76 points in that game.
Suns have covered in 6 of 8 games vs Utah, they are also 15-5 SU in their last 20 games on the road. It all comes down to Monty Williams and his decision on who to start tonight, so I would advise waiting for the injury report before making any bets on this game.
Let’s just assume all the Suns players play here, getting them as 3-point underdogs is a really good bet which doesn’t happen often. They’ve won 6 of 11 games as underdogs this season, so let’s give them the benefit of the doubt here and back them to cover on the road.
Utah Jazz vs Phoenix Suns Predictions & Odds
The last 2 meetings between these two teams played in Utah finished with just 202 and 201 points scored and with the way they’ve been performing lately, I think tonight’s game could see a lower scoring outcome as well. Phoenix has gone under in 5 of their last 6 games, for the season they are 19-21 on the O/U away from home. Against Western Conference opponents they are 4-1 in favor of the under in their last 5 games.
Just 217.5 points per game have been averaged in the last 10 meetings between these teams, that’s almost 10 points less than the projected total for tonight’s game. Utah is playing at only the 22nd fastest pace in the NBA averaging 99.5 possessions per game, this late in the season they are going to try and test out their defence and see where they are at.
There’s no better opponent than last year’s finalists to do that, the Suns are 3rd in offensive efficiency, while the Jazz defence ranks 11th in defensive efficiency. With Phoenix going under the total in 4 of 5 vs West coast opponents, I think the smart play here is to back the under.