The NBA is set up with six games on the board for Wednesday night. One of those games is between the Utah Jazz and the Phoenix Suns. Both teams are on opposite sides of the standings, but the Suns will look for their recent hot streak to help them earn a big win against Utah on March 13. The Jazz will look to try and end their losing streak with a much needed win. This game is set to start at 10:00 PM Eastern time.
Utah has earned a record of 37-29 to this point in the season, which has them sitting the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Jazz are only two wins behind jumping up into the sixth place of the standings. Utah has lost back to back games and three of their last four meetings. The Jazz will look to get back on track with a big win on the road against Phoenix on Monday night.
The Suns have struggled throughout all of this season again, which has them sitting in the last place of the Western Conference standings. Phoenix has put up a record of 16-52 to this point in the season. The Suns have picked up their play a bit recently though. Phoenix has won four of their last five games. The Suns will look to try and keep it going to try and finish the season with some pride.
Monday night’s matchup between the Jazz and the Suns will be the second of four meetings between these two teams. Utah and Phoenix will meet up two more times this season on March 25 and April 3. The Jazz have a lot more to fight for in this season, but I do not believe that the Suns will just roll over and take the loss on Monday night. This could lead to a good game.
The Jazz and the Suns met up a total of four times in last season’s series. Phoenix pulled off an impressive win at home in the first game of last season’s series. The Jazz were able to bounce back with a win in their next three games of the season series. Utah went on to make the playoffs, while the Suns missed out on the playoffs and finished dead last in the NBA standings.
The first game of this season’s series was on February 6 in Utah. The Suns saw a good night out of Josh Jackson, who dropped 27 points. Deandre Ayton also put up a solid showing with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Donovan Mitchell dropped 21 points for the Jazz. Utah’s starting lineup combined for a total of 79 points, while Jae Crowder and Royce O’Neale put up 26 off the bench. The Jazz were able to ride those numbers to a 116-88 win at home.
The Jazz have won four games in a row against Phoenix, but that is not much of a surprise since Utah has been competing for a playoff spot, while the Suns have not been doing well as of late. Phoenix will look for home court to try and help them pull off the win on Monday night. I believe the Jazz will come out quick with confidence though to try and end this losing streak.
Two Point Shooting
Utah has been one of the top teams in the league when it comes to shooting and defending the two-point shot this season. The Jazz have been able to make around 53.4 percent of their two-point shots, which is top ten in the league. Utah’s defense has held their opponents to a two-point shooting percentage of 49.8 percent, which is top five in the league.
The Suns have not been doing terribly when it comes to shooting inside the arc this season. Phoenix has been able to make around 52.1 percent of their two-point shots this season, which has been in the top half of the league. The Suns have allowed their opponents to make around 54.2 percent of their shots from inside the arc though, which is bottom three in the league.
If the Jazz can continue to dominate from inside the arc, I believe that they can pull off the victory on Monday night. Utah has the defense that can slow down the Suns, but I do not believe that Phoenix’s defense can slow down the Jazz. If Utah comes out strong, I believe that they will be able to put up a big lead on the Jazz.
The Jazz have been led by Donovan Mitchell to this point in the season. Mitchell has averaged around 23.5 points per game to this point in the season. Rudy Gobert has been doing really well at the Center spot, averaging around 23.5 points and 13 rebounds per game. Ricky Rubio is likely to come back for Monday night’s matchup. Rubio has averaged around 13 points per game this season. Jae Crowder, Joe Ingles and Derrick Favors are all averaging over 11 points per game this season for Utah.
Devin Booker has been the leader on the Suns’ offense this season. Booker is averaging 25 points and 6.5 assists per game this season. Deandre Ayton has averaged around 16.5 points and 10 rebounds per game. Kelly Oubre is also averaging around 16.5 points per game. Josh Jackson and Tyler Johnson are both averaging around 11 points per game this season.
Booker will likely match with Mitchell in Monday night’s matchup, which should be a really good matchup to watch on Wednesday night. I believe that Mitchell has a good chance to shut down Booker in this game. Gobert will go up against the rookie Ayton, which I believe will go in favor of the veteran Center in Gobert. The Jazz also have a lot better depth, which could dominate the Suns.
The Jazz have struggled a lot in their recent games, but I believe that they find their stride on Wednesday night. Utah has a really good advantage when it comes to shooting from inside the arc, which could help them earn a big edge. The Jazz also have a lot of matchups in this game that could go in their favor.
BetOnline has Utah listed as a -7 against the spread on Wednesday night. The Jazz have been the better team this season and although Phoenix has been hot, I believe Utah will prove their dominance on Wednesday night. The Jazz are the better defensive team and I believe this will help lead to Wednesday night’s game ending in their favor. I am taking Utah as a big favorite at home.