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Jazz open as NBA underdog vs Suns

Utah JazzPhoenix Suns
Jan 4, 9:00 PM | US Airways Center

Utah Jazz vs Phoenix Suns Odds

16-17TEAM RECORD12-21

Utah pays a visit to Phoenix on Friday, hoping to send the Suns to a loss while also covering the spread in NBA action at US Airways Center.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Suns currently sports a record of 12-21, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 14-18-1 ATS. The Jazz are 16-17 and 15-17-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Suns post a 16-17 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Jazz have gone 16-16-1 against the number.

View Utah vs Phoenix Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Suns were listed as 3-point favorites at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including GTbets.eu), with the total was listed at 200 over at 5Dimes earlier.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Suns rated this week at No. 29 and the Jazz sitting at No. 16. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 99-95 result in favor of the Jazz today.

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How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Phoenix's No. 26-rated squad against Utah's No. 13-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Phoenix rates No. 22 in the league with 6.2 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 19 with 6.4 per outing.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Jazz own the league's No. 24-rated mark, allowing 102.2 points per game when playing on the road. Phoenix, on the other hand, rates No. 17 in scoring on their home court.

Utah won its last outing, a 106-84 result against the Timberwolves on January 2. The Jazz covered in that game as a 3-point favorite, while the 190 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Minnesota was run off the court by the Jazz on Wednesday as Utah blasted the Timberwolves 106-84 at EnergySolutions Arena.

The Suns were a 95-89 winner in their most recent outing at home against the 76ers. They covered the 4.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (184) made winners of UNDER bettors. Phoenix got 21 points from Luis Scola en route to a 95-89 victory over Philadelphia on Wednesday at US Airways Center.

Utah Jazz Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Denver are 5-5
After playing Minnesota are 2-8
After a win are 5-5

Phoenix Suns Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Memphis are 3-7
After playing Philadelphia are 8-2
After a win are 5-5

A few Jazz at Suns trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Utah's last 10 games when playing Phoenix
Utah is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
Utah is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Phoenix
Utah is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Phoenix is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Utah
Phoenix is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing Utah
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Phoenix's last 10 games when playing Utah
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Phoenix's last 9 games at home

Next up:
Utah at Denver, Saturday, January 5
Phoenix home to Memphis, Sunday, January 6