The Phoenix Suns begin to show signs of slowing down after breaking the franchise regular-season record. They won three of the last five games and are coming from a 113-109 defeat in the hands of the Clippers. Meanwhile, the Jazz avoids the Play-In Tournament following a crucial win against the Lakers. The hosts did well to snap a five-game streak recently and are now three and two in their last five games.
Nitrobetting gets ready for the postseason. But before all that, we highlight the best games that will cap off the regular season. Find a full preview of the Suns vs. Jazz game below. We present you with game details, team and player stats, the latest NBA betting odds, trends, and predictions–all of which help you lock in on the best picks.
Suns vs. Jazz Game Information
- When: Friday, April 8, 2022, 9:30 PM ET
- Where: Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
- TV: NBA TV
- Radio: 98.7 ARIZONA SPORTS (Suns) / KSL Radio 102.7 FM (Jazz)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Suns (+3) / Jazz (-3)
Why Bet on the Phoenix Suns?
Head coach Monty Williams starts to rest his players in preparation for the playoffs. The four starters rested while the second-stringers tried to hold off the LA Clippers. It gives the core players time to recover against a more consistent Utah Jazz lineup.
The Suns maintain unyielding numbers towards the end of their regular-season run. So far, the side manages to average 115.0 points (fourth) per game on a league-best 48.6% shooting. The team does well to hit two and three-point balls, averaging 55.2% from the mid and short-range (fourth) while keeping three-point shooting to an impressive 36.5% (sixth). That said, we can conclude that the team features some of the steadiest shooters at the moment.
Defensively, the Suns also have plenty of good traits to show. The team limits its opponents to 107.3 points (ninth) per game. Shooting defense is a top priority for Phoenix. They hold teams to 44.4% shooting (third) in 80 games played. They have the best three-point shooting defense and average a 33.9% opponent three-point. Furthermore, the side has a slight defensive rebounding edge over the Jazz and averages 35.6 defensive boards (third) per game.
Why Bet on the Utah Jazz?
The Jazz has solid numbers on both ends of the court. On offense, the team averages 113.8 points (seventh) per game on 47.2% shooting (second). They have better numbers from the shorter range and keep the two-point shooting percentage to 56.9%. Utah also does well from deep and maintains a 36.2% three-point percentage.
Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert will lead the scoring charge, with Mike Conley giving a helping hand on both sides of the ball. Jordan Clarkson also plays a rigid role off the bench should the starters need rest. Utah enters the game with a healthy core squad and second-choice players. Trent Forrest is the only player to miss the game after sustaining a foot injury.
Utah’s defense has been reliable throughout the season. They hold teams to 107.9 points per game (tenth). The squad keeps teams to 45.3% shooting (tenth) as well, highlighting a dependable 51.8% opponent two-point shooting (seventh). Furthermore, the hosts have the upper hand when it comes to rebounding. The squad records 54.6 total boards (fourth) per game and does well to challenge offensive and defensive rebounds.
Suns vs. Jazz Betting Trends
- The Suns are 2-3 in the last five road games (6-4 ATS).
- The Suns are 3-7 in the last ten road games against the Jazz (5-5 ATS).
- The totals went under in four of the Suns’ last five games against the Jazz.
- The Jazz is 5-0 in the last five games at Vivint Arena (5-5 ATS).
- The Jazz is 4-1 in the last five games against the Suns (3-2 ATS).
- The totals went over in two of the Jazz’ last five home games against the Suns.
Suns vs. Jazz Expert Betting Prediction
While the Suns’ second unit has enough depth to compete with plenty of teams, they might need the help of the starters in this road matchup. Utah is likely to have its core players primed and ready to go on Friday night, which calls for a stronger lineup for the Suns. Nevertheless, the Suns hold onto the title of the favorite here.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Jazz finds consistency in the last few games. The duo of Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell are doing great as well. Covering the spread shouldn’t be a problem for the hosts. But, a win over the Suns demands more from the Jazz. A win is not off the table if Utah can keep up until the final stages of the clash.
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