The Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns are set to meet at Phoenix Suns Arena in the game of the night in the NBA on Wednesday night. We have a potential Western Conference Final in the desert in this matchup. The No. 1 Jazz at 38-12 travel to Arizona for a date with the No. 2 35-14 Suns. Utah remains in control of the conference with a 2.5-game advantage.
There will be fans in attendance, but I believe it’s currently capped at 5,500. They recently went from 3,000 to 5,500, so that’s a small jump. In other words, don’t expect a full crowd at Phoenix Suns Arena until next season. If we did have this game played with fans at capacity, it would certainly have a playoff kind of atmosphere.
Even with limited attendance, this matchup should have the feeling of a big game. The Jazz are coming off a 111-103 loss against the Dallas Mavericks to snap a nine-game winning streak. It was their first loss since March 18 against the Washington Wizards. I think people were leery about the Jazz at first, and two or three months later, there are still some people that are not fully convinced.
What is it going to take? A deep run in the playoffs is the only thing. The media is still fixated on the Lakers and Clippers, and the Jazz aren’t getting the credit that they rightfully deserve. That goes for the Suns, who haven’t been getting a fair shake from the public as well. Donovan Mitchell of the Jazz, and Devin Booker of the Suns are the most underrated players in the league. Booker is beginning to get some respect, but I believe Mitchell goes largely unnoticed even more so.
The Suns are on fire with six straight wins, and wins in nine of their last ten outings. They have completely flipped their fortunes around, and would easily win the Most Improved Team award if there was such a thing. Phoenix has gone from a defensively challenged team to one of the best units in the league. Booker used to have to carry the load for the Suns to win games, but he’s finally playing with a defense now. This should be a good one in Arizona. Head below for our free Jazz vs. Suns pick on April 7, 2021.
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The Jazz can beat any team in the NBA when they’re playing at their full potential. Don’t worry about what the media says, because this is an incredibly talented and deep team. They can win from the inside and win from the outside. Many people criticized the contract that the Jazz gave Rudy Gobert, but he plays a huge role on both ends of the floor. And I think his presence is what gives the Jazz an advantage over a lot of the other good teams in the NBA.
Gobert has scored 14.6 points per game and 13.6 rebounds per game. He’s also averaging 2.9 blocks per game and has been an imposing figure in the paint for the defense. Deandre Ayton is coming along nicely in his development, and has provided the Suns with a big lift on the blocks, but give me Gobert over Ayton in this battle in the paint. The Jazz are third in the NBA with 116.9 points scored per game.
They have a slight advantage on the Suns, who have netted 114.6 points per game for ninth. The offensive rebounding advantage for the Jazz has enables them to score as much as they do. The Jazz lead the NBA in offensive rebounding. That’s in large part because of Gobert’s presence around the rim. Conversely, the Suns haven’t been nearly as active crashing the boards on offense. The Suns are 21st in that regard.
Defensively, the slight edge goes to the Jazz, as they’ve allowed 107.2 points against per game for third in the NBA. The Suns are fifth with 107.7 points against per game. Utah’s defense has been in standout form as of late, with just 98 points allowed per game, while the Suns have conceded 111.2 points in their previous five games. There are a lot of matchups on the floor you can count as a wash in this game. However, Gobert over Ayton is where I think the Jazz are going to have the biggest mismatch. This should be close for four quarters, but I like the Jazz to pull away for a five-point win.