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Utah Jazz vs Phoenix Suns Odds
The Phoenix Suns host Utah on Friday, looking to build on their 8-15 mark against the 13-10 Jazz in NBA action at US Airways Center.
This season the Suns are 8-15 overall and 7-15-1 ATS against the number, while the Jazz are 13-10 and 11-11-1 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Phoenix is 12-11 on the OU, and Utah is 12-10-1.
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Suns as 2-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 200, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Suns at No. 30 and the Jazz at No. 13 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 102-95 result in favor of the Jazz.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Phoenix's No. 16-ranked offense, averaging 97.1 PPG, against a Jazz defense that ranks No. 19 at 99.2 PPG. The Suns field goal percentage has averaged 44.4% so far, less than the Jazz shooters have achieved on the year, 45.2% per game.
Defensively, the Jazz feature the league's No. 23-rated defense on the road, giving up 103.3 points per game. Phoenix, meanwhile, comes in at No. 18 in the league in scoring at home.
Last time out for Utah, they were a 99-96 winner as they battled the Spurs at home. The Jazz covered in the match as a 4-point underdog, while 195 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Utah got 24 points and 12 rebounds from Paul Millsap en route to a 99-96 victory over San Antonio on Wednesday at EnergySolutions Arena.
In their last action, Phoenix was an 82-80 winner at home against the Grizzlies. They covered the 6.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (162) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Phoenix got 15 points from Jared Dudley en route to an 82-80 victory over Memphis on Wednesday at US Airways Center.
Utah Jazz Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Memphis are 2-8
After playing San Antonio are 5-5
After a win are 7-3
Phoenix Suns Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Sacramento are 6-4
After playing Memphis are 5-5
After a win are 2-8
A few Jazz at Suns trends to consider:
Utah is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Utah's last 9 games when playing Phoenix
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Utah's last 7 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Utah's last 6 games
Phoenix is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Utah
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Phoenix's last 6 games at home
Phoenix is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing Utah
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Phoenix's last 9 games when playing Utah
Utah home to Memphis, Saturday, December 15
Phoenix home to Sacramento, Monday, December 17