Jazz (45-17, 19-13 road) at Suns (44-18, 24-9 home)
- Time: 7PM PST – 9PM CST – 10PM EST
- Place: Phoenix Suns Arena, Phoenix, AZ
- TV: AT&T SportsNet | Bally Sports Arizona | NBA League Pass
A showdown in the Western Conference is in the offing as the Jazz hold a slim one-game lead against the streaking Suns.
Utah is 3-3 without Donovan Mitchell as he will miss at least another week and point guard Mike Conley is listed as out for this game as well. Two of those three losses are inexplicable to Minnesota and have left the Jazz in a position where they have to defend their one-game advantage.
Phoenix defeated the LA Clippers, 109-101, on Wednesday night to follow a tough Eastern Conference road trip where the Suns went 3-2.
The Suns have won three straight in the series against the Jazz and have retaken the all-time series lead at 95-93. Phoenix has posted wins in both games this season as the Suns took a 106-95 win at Utah on Dec. 31 and bested the Jazz, 117-113 in overtime on April 7.
- Utah Jazz – Mike Conley (Hamstring), Donovan Mitchell (ankle), Royce O’Neale (wrist) – OUT
- Phoenix Suns – Jae Crowder (ankle) – Questionable; Dario Saric (injury management) – Probable; Abdel Nader (knee) – OUT
Jazz (34-27-1, ATS):
- Utah is 3-6 ATS in it’d last 9 games
- The UNDER has been the play in 4 of the Jazz’s last 5 games
- Utah is 1-4 ATS in it’s last 5 games
Suns (31-26-3, ATS):
- The total has gone OVER in 12 of Phoenix’s last 17 games
- The UNDER has been the play in 7 of the last 10 Suns-Jazz games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of the Suns’ last 6 outings
Last Time Out
The Jazz dethroned the Sacramento Kings, 154-105, on Wednesday night as Utah recorded the most points in a game in Jazz history. It was also the largest win total in Utah Jazz history too as the 49-point margin was passed a pair of 48-point wins in 1990 and 2016. Utah shot 64.1 percent from the floor and made 24-of-41 threes. Bojan Bogdanovich led Utah with 24 points.
The Suns clinched their first playoff spot in 11 years in their 109-101 win over the Clippers in leading start to finish. They hit a 22-9 run late in the first quarter opened up a 14-point lead. Chris Paul led the way for Phoenix with 28 points and 10 assists.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Jazz||+4.5 (-110)||+165||O 220 (-110)|
|Suns||-4.5 (-110)||-190||U 220 (-110)|
*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook
Jordan Clarkson will accrue major minutes with Mitchell and Conley both out as he has averaged 20.2 points over his last seven games since coming back from injury. He bounced back from a 1-for-10 outing from three against Minnesota on Monday and made 4-of-7 triples in the win over Sacramento. His veteran presence and ability to guard with his length will be key issues in a thinned backcourt. Utah showed no drop-off in production as Bojan Bogdanovic stepped up as well on Wednesday. He has averaged 21.4 points and has shot 44.4 from the field in the last nine games.
Key Jazz Stat:
Royce O’Neale averages 7.0 rebounds per game which is his career best and he also has 14 games where he has pulled down 10 or more rebounds this season, also a career high. As O’Neale is sidelined, Look for Derrick Favors to step up on the boards as he is Utah’s third leading rebounder (5.6 rpg) behind Rudy Gobert (13.4 rpg) and O’Neale. Favors has averaged 9.5 boards in his last two games and can be extremely important on the defensive glass as the Jazz can’t afford to give Phoenix extra opportunities in a possession.
Joe Ingles is at the forefront of this Jazz three-ball Renaissance as he leads the team in making 47.8 percent of his triples on the season. That said, Utah is averaging 17.0 threes per game and is trending toward setting the record for makes per game in a single season.
Chris Paul (16.2 ppg, 8.7 apg) has been clutch all year and has taken ownership of the Suns as he showed on Wednesday night when he stepped up and scored 25 of his 28 points in the second half, 15 in the fourth period. Aside from the assists, he is allowing Devin Booker (25.4 ppg) to be at his best as he has averaged 30 points per game and made 50.7 percent of his shots over his last three games. Paul has had a major impact with his three-ball as well as he has made 16-of-31 in his last five games.
Key Suns Stat:
DeAndre Ayton and Jae Crowder can occupy Gobert and Favors as Ayton will force the action on offense from the paint as he shoots 62.4 percent and takes 6.4 shots per game. His length is a good counter for Gobert’s shot-blocking presence. Crowder is one of the best three-point shooting bigs in the history of the game. He takes a team high 6.2 triples per game and makes 38.1 percent of those. Crowder hasn’t dressed for four games as he has been hampered with an ankle injury, but is not listed on the Suns’ injury listed as of this morning.
Mikal Bridges will look to find more rhythm and continuity in his three-point shot as he has made only 8-of-30 in his last five games. He is getting it done in the mid-range and in the paint as he has made 20-of-24 twos during the same period. He knows how to play to his strengths as his versatility makes him a tough cover.
Winner: Suns (-4.5) 120, Jazz 112