Utah Jazz at Phoenix Suns Betting Pick: The Jazz will be in Phoenix to take on the Suns on Wednesday, in a game that will have every last eyeball attached to it. These are the top two teams in the West, whether you believe or not.
Each squad has crushed whatever expectations they had coming into the year, and have been able to conquer what is widely considered to be the superior conference.
Utah has done it by being the best three-point shooting team in the league, making 20+ on the regular, even knocking in 17 in one half in a recent game. As they have had a few guys going in and out of the lineup throughout the year, it’s truly impressive that Joe Ingles can either seamlessly slide in as the #5 starter, or just come off the bench. He plays his role to absolute perfection.
Phoenix has not made it to the playoffs since 2010, where they were just a few wins away from the NBA Finals. And now, they have gone 35-14, clearly feeling slighted after being left out of the playoffs last year.
Phoenix went 8-0 in the bubble, meaning that they are 43-14 in their last 57 games. That is absolutely incredible, and shows that Devin Booker is truly a leader. The trade for Chris Paul is looking smarter and smarter each and every day.
- Spread: The Utah Jazz are favored to win the game. UTAH -2
- Over/Under: The over/under is set at 225.5 points.
- Moneyline: The Jazz moneyline is set at -129, while it’s +107 for Phoenix.
Jazz Seeking Road Win
Beating these Utah Jazz has been very tough this year, as they have managed to go 18-12 to date, winning 75% of their contests. The last time they took the court against the Mavericks, a cool bit of NBA history was made. The teams combined to make threes on seven consecutive possessions, marking the first time that something like this has ever happened.
Unfortunately, Utah took the loss in that game, but being a part of history is pretty neat. You cannot win them all, and they ran into a short-handed Mavs team that was very hungry.
They had won four in a row coming in, and in turn, snapped the nine-game winning streak that the Jazz had. Is this team legit, or are they going to be like that 57-25 Nuggets team that lost in the first round in 2013?
Utah clearly felt like they had something to prove after blowing the 3-1 lead to Denver last year. And now, Donovan Mitchell is looking like a superstar.
Phoenix Seeks Home Win
Truth be told, it will be shocking if wins, and also shocking if they cannot come away with the win. These are two elite teams that have aspirations of getting past the big bad Lakers and Clippers to win the conference.
The first-round matchups that each team has to endure will wind up being tough, and featuring teams that came up through the play-in.
Phoenix could end up stuck with the Lakers, depending on how many games LeBron James and Anthony Davis miss. A nice reception for a team that is likely to qualify for their first playoff appearance in more than a decade. The Suns starting backcourt both made the All-Star Game, and have looked elite.
Chris Paul is as good a floor general as anyone in the NBA, while Booker gets buckets from all over the floor. They’ll be without Frank Kaminsky, who remains in health and safety protocol, but don’t have to worry as Dario Saric continues to provide quality minutes.
Saric has led the second unit nicely, doing all sorts of things at the center position. Gobert-Ayton and Booker-Mitchell are the matchups that everybody will have their eye on, though.
- Spread: UTAH -2. The Jazz will get the victory on the road on what promises to be a fun contest.
- Over/Under: OVER 225.5. These two offenses hold nothing back, and will light it up tonight.
- Moneyline: UTAH -129. They will win this one outright.