The Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz have what should be a good matchup between two quality Western Conference teams. The Suns are all set and going into the playoffs with a smile.
They are the top seed in the NBA and the one to beat in the playoffs. With an eight-game lead over the Memphis Grizzlies going into tonight, there aren’t any concerns for the Suns.
Phoenix could have put their season on cruise control a while ago and still notch the No. 1 seed. No one is close to the Suns in the Eastern Conference, so they will have home-court advantage through the NBA Finals, if they make it that far.
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— * – Phoenix Suns (@Suns) April 6, 2022
Playing well and succeeding in the regular season can be different than in the playoffs. There are some good teams as lower seeds in the West. There are no guarantees in the desert.
The Suns are coming off a 113-109 loss in LA against the Clippers on Wednesday. They were behind by a mile, but came back to make the game look much more respectable than it was.
They scored just 9 points in the 2nd quarter. Unheard of for the Suns. However, they outscored the Clippers 48-26 to make a game of it in the 4th.
— x – Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) April 8, 2022
Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, and Chris Paul were all absent for that one for rest. Utah is coming off a couple of nice wins after a rough stretch.
The Jazz lost five straight games, but on track now. They had an impressive outing in overtime to edge out the Grizzlies, 121-115. Utah followed up with a 137-101 win over the Thunder.
We know the Jazz have a good lineup, but which team shows up in the playoffs? I’m sure they’ll have the motivation to play well with the Suns in town tonight.
Head below for our free Suns vs. Jazz prediction on April 8, 2022.
Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
|Phoenix Suns||+2.5 (-110)||+115||Over 228.5 (-110)|
|Utah Jazz||-2.5 (-110)||-135||Under 228.5 (-110)|
|Team Data||Phoenix Suns||Utah Jazz|
|Points Per Game||115.0||113.8|
|Points Against Per Game||107.9||107.3|
|Field Goal %||48.6%||47.2%|
|Three Point %||36.5||36.2|
Suns vs. Jazz Prediction:
The Suns know how to play basketball on both ends of the floor. I won’t go as far as calling the Phoenix defense elite, though. They aren’t going to have the best defense going into the playoffs.
That’s not to say the Suns can’t win a defensive game. They are ninth in the NBA with 107.3 points against per game.
The Suns can win with defense if they have rim protector Deandre Ayton healthy in the paint through the playoffs. Take him out of the lineup, and that’s a huge hole for the Suns.
He was fortunately only out against the Clippers for rest and nothing serious. What kind of motivation do the Suns have tonight, though?
It can’t be much given the situation. The most important goal for the Suns right now is not to tire out and go into the playoffs healthy.
There are only two games to go in the regular season, with the Suns wrapping up their campaign versus the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.
Conversely, the Jazz had a bad stretch and probably want to have some momentum for the postseason. A win over the Suns would be good for their mindset.
Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz Betting Trends:
- 0-4 ATS in their previous four games on one-day rest
- 1-4 ATS in their previous five games
- 1-4 ATS in their previous five games on a Friday
- 5-2 ATS in their previous seven games after covering the spread
- OVER is 4-1 in their previous five games
- 9-3-2 ATS in their previous 14 games at home
- 10-4-1 ATS in their previous 15 games versus a team with a road percentage better than 60%
- 10-3 overall in their previous 13 games versus the Suns at home
- 5-0 overall in their previous five games at home
- OVER is 4-1 in their previous five games
Utah is fifth in the NBA, with a field goal percentage of 47.2%. Rudy Gobert, with high-percentage points around the rim will do that for a team. The Suns have Ayton, but Gobert should do a fine job countering.
At home this season, the Jazz have been impressive offensively. They have put in an average of 117.1 points per game on a 48.2% field goal percentage at Vivint Arena.
In their last five outings, the Jazz have been hot with 120.4 points per game and a 49.4% field goal percentage.
The defense has been efficient as well, with 106.8 points against and a 44.2% field goal percentage. Utah is in the top-10 overall, with 107.9 points allowed per game.
The Jazz should have the upper hand, as they seek to find a big win before the end of the season. A loss here for the Suns doesn’t change much for them.
I like Utah to get out ahead in the 4th quarter for a 114-108 win at home.