The Utah Jazz (29-28) look to prolong their 10-game winning streak against the stumbling Phoenix Suns (18-40) at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.
Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz Betting Preview
The Suns were blown out by the Golden State Warriors in their last outing, 129-83. Phoenix’s Elfrid Payton put together a good performance, leading both teams in scoring with 29 points on 11-for-18 shooting. Golden State was lights out from beyond the arc (11-26; 42.3 percent). Phoenix, on the other hand, held the Warriors to an offensive rebounding percentage of 17.9 (below the 23.8 mark opponents have averaged against Phoenix this season).
The last time the Jazz played, they beat the San Antonio Spurs, 101-99. Utah rallied around Donovan Mitchell, who was the top scorer from either team with 25 points on 9-for-28 shooting. Utah dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a fantastically low turnover percentage of 8.5 (better than their season average of 13.2) and a free throw rate of 0.238 (above their season average of 0.197). San Antonio had marks of 10.3 and 0.200, respectively, for those same stats.
This game should be a battle of contrasting paces. Phoenix prefers an up-tempo style of play (third in possessions per game), while Utah is slower-paced (26th in possessions per game).
Of Phoenix’s 58 games, 29 have finished under the O/U total, while 28 of Utah’s 57 games have finished over the projected point total. The Jazz hold a clear advantage in both straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 29-28 SU and 31-26 ATS, while the Suns are 18-40 SU and 26-30-2 ATS.
Rudy Gobert has really been playing well over the last five games for Utah, averaging 14.0 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.
These two teams have already met twice this season, each winning once. Mitchell scored a game-high 40 points in the most recent contest, in which the Jazz beat the Suns 129-97, covering as 6-point favorites. He also put up six assists and five rebounds. The two teams combined for 226 points, which was 15.5 points above the projected point total of 210.5 points. The Jazz dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.7 and a ridiculous effective field goal percentage of 0.650. The Suns had marks of 12.5 and 0.466, respectively, for those same stats.
Phoenix Suns at Utah Jazz Free Prediction
Free NBA Tip: SU Winner – Jazz, ATS Winner – Jazz, O/U – Over
- The Jazz average 16.9 points off turnovers per game, which ranks 10th in the league. The Suns rank 28th in points off turnovers allowed per game (18.9).
- Utah ranks 11th in rebounds allowed per game (42.2) while Phoenix ranks 26th (45.2).
- Utah ranks fifth in second chance points allowed per game (11.0) while Phoenix ranks 23rd (13.2).
- Phoenix is 15-12-1 ATS on the road, while Utah is 16-10 ATS at home.
- The total has gone under in 15 of the Jazz’s 26 home games, while 14 of the Suns 28 road games have gone over.
- Utah is 18-4 when they allow below 100 points, while Phoenix is 6-2.
- The Suns are 14-23 when they reach the century mark, while the Jazz are 24-11.
- The Jazz rank 10th in blocks allowed per game (4.6) while the Suns rank 26th (5.6).
- Utah ranks second in steals per game (8.9) while Phoenix ranks 29th (6.7).
- The Jazz rank third in fast break points allowed per game (9.6) while the Suns rank last (14.7).
- The Jazz rank fourth in assists allowed per game (20.5) while the Suns rank 11th (22.7).
- Utah ranks sixth in points allowed in the paint per game (42.4) while Phoenix ranks 25th (47.4).
- Utah is 3-2 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Phoenix is 1-4 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
- The Jazz’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 12.2, up from 1.7 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Suns have scored an average of 96.0 points per game (8.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 121.6 points per game (8.7 above their season average).