The Jazz (48-32 SU, 32-45-3 ATS) have struggled down the stretch of the season, but a victory over league-leading Phoenix (63-16, 43-37) would be huge for their confidence going into the playoffs. Utah opened as a 2.5-point favorite and has won 14 of its last 15 games at Vivint Arena.
Suns vs Jazz Odds & Analysis
Phoenix has been an underdog in each of its last 11 visits to Salt Lake City, and that likely won’t change tonight unless the Jazz decide to sit some of their starters. After Sportsbook as a 2.5-point favorite, Utah had moved to 3-point chalk at most betting sites as of this morning.
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Suns Expected To Play All Of Their Starters As They Shoot For Franchise Record
A win tonight in Utah would set a Phoenix franchise record for road victories in a season, and the Suns appear motivated to get it. After sitting Devin Booker, Chris Paul, Deandre Ayton and Jae Crowder on Wednesday on the second night of a back-to-back, Phoenix is expected to have all four of those starters back in the lineup vs the Jazz.
The Suns’ reserves staged a furious fourth-quarter rally in Wednesday’s game against the Clippers, scoring 48 points in the final frame to nearly overcome a 39-point deficit before succumbing 113-109 as 7-point underdogs. The backdoor cover snapped an 0-4 ATS skid for the Suns.
Getting the offense on track could be a focal point tonight for Phoenix, especially if the Suns decide to rest their top players once again in Sunday’s regular-season finale against Sacramento. Phoenix has fallen short of its season scoring average in five of its last six outings, going 5-1 to the UNDER during that span.
Mitchell, Jazz Motivated To Rediscover Their Game Before Playoffs Begin
Utah enters the final weekend of the season just one game ahead of Denver for fifth place in the West, but the Jazz appear more concerned about simply getting their game back on track. Utah has already taken a few steps in that direction this week, beating the Grizzlies in overtime Tuesday and then blowing out the Thunder 137-101 on Wednesday.
Those two victories came on the heels of a 2-6 SU and 1-7 ATS stretch in their previous eight games, prompting the Jazz to call a players-only meeting prior to the game against Memphis. Utah sat Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley and Royce O’Neal for the game against the Thunder, however, so it’s hard to factor that 36-point victory into your Suns vs Jazz prediction for tonight — especially without knowing if there’s been any improvement in the on-court chemistry between Mitchell and Rudy Gobert.
Mitchell, whose strained relationship with Utah’s star center has been well-documented over the past couple of seasons, should also be motivated to pull out of a shooting slump before the playoffs begin. The all-star guard missed 18 of his 24 field-goal attempts against the Grizzlies and is just 14-for-43 from the floor in his last two games.
Suns vs Jazz Pick & Insights
Suns: Keys To Cover
Regardless of who’s been in the lineup this season, the Suns always seem to play hard, including their valiant comeback attempt Wednesday against the Clippers. With their starters expected to suit up and motivated to set a franchise record for road wins, a moneyline play on Phoenix as an underdog is a tempting Suns vs Jazz prediction.
Jazz: Keys To Cover
Utah will close the regular season Sunday against the woeful Blazers, so this is the Jazz’s final opportunity for a statement victory before the playoffs begin. Despite its recent struggles, Utah is also 14-1 SU and 9-4-2 ATS in its last 15 games at home — worth noting in this short point spread range in which a victory likely also means a cover.
Odds Shark’s Computer Suns vs Jazz Prediction: Suns +2.5
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