The Utah Jazz will pay a visit to the Footprint Center to take on the Phoenix Suns in an early 1 P.M. E.T. tip-off on Sunday. With that said, it’s a good time to check out our NBA odds series, which includes our Jazz-Suns prediction, odds, and pick we have laid out below.
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The Jazz are coming off a huge 114-109 victory over the Dallas Mavericks last Friday. Donovan Mitchell led the way for Utah with 33 points, while Rudy Gobert tallied 14 points and 17 rebounds. Dallas has been threatening to move into the top-4 and overtake Utah. But the huge win gave the Jazz a little extra separation (2.5 games) from the Mavericks in the Western Conference standings.
Meanwhile, Phoenix saw its eight-game winning streak get snapped by the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday. Devin Booker scored 30 points and Deandre Ayton contributed 20 points to lead the Suns. But tandem of CJ McCollum (32 points) and Brandon Ingram (28 points) proved to be too much and led the Pelicans to an impressive 117-102 road win.
This should be an intriguing showdown between two of the top teams in the Western Conference that could very well steal the show on Sunday.
Here is how FanDuel has set the Jazz-Suns NBA odds for this Saturday night NBA matchup.
NBA odds: Jazz–Suns Odds
Utah Jazz: -2 (-112)
Phoenix Suns: +2 (-108)
Over: 226 (-110)
Under: 226 (-110)
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Why the Jazz could cover the spread
After a pretty rough January due to injuries, the Jazz are healthy again and are back to their winning ways. They have gone 7-1 in February and will look to take advantage of Suns team devoid of one of its star players in Chris Paul. Utah’s brutal January dropped them to 4th in the West standings and still trail the Memphis Grizzlies 3.5 games for the no. 3 seed. The Jazz have also gone 15-12 on the road and have dropped nine of their last 10 away from Vivint Arena.
Since returning from an 8-game absence due to a concussion, Mitchell has been on a tear for the Jazz. The 3-time All-Star has averaged 28.1 points on 51.2 percent field goal shooting and 45.7 percent 3-point shooting over this stretch. He’s tallied 100 points and made 17 3-pointers on 53.1 percent shooting over his last three outings.
The Jazz have listed Rudy Gay as questionable for Sunday due to a non-COVID-related illness. Jared Butler is out with a right ankle sprain.
The Jazz just have a 26-32 against the spread record this season. While they did come out as victors against the Mavs, they were not able to cover the 5.5 spread in that game. Their over/under is at 28-31, but they have a strong moneyline record of 37-22.
Why the Suns could cover the spread
The Suns felt the effects of Chris Paul’s absence when they had their worst loss at home this season against the Pelicans on Friday. Phoenix is slated to be without their star leader for the final stretch of the regular season as he suffered a fractured thumb in their final game before the All-Star break.
Without Paul, Phoenix enters this game as the underdogs, though seemingly not by a lot with that narrow 2-point spread. It’ll be up to Devin Booker, who has been thrusted into an even larger offensive load as both the primary scorer and primary playmaker for Phoenix, to keep the Suns afloat throughout this stretch run. Meanwhile, Deandre Ayton and Mikael Bridges must step up offensively to help make up for Paul’s absence.
This Suns team still has enough talent and depth to sail through the rest of the campaign and lock down the top seed in the Western Conference. They’ve proven that in the Orlando Bubble and the experience they’ve gained over the past couple of seasons should make them more than ready to perform at the highest level even without Paul’s on-court leadership.
Aside from Paul, the Suns will also be without Cameron Payne due to a right wrist sprain. Aaron Holiday is also listed as questionable due to right ankle soreness. Without Paul, Payne, and possibly Holiday, the Suns will need to look elsewhere for back-court depth.
The Suns still hold the best record in the league at 49-11 and have one of the best records at home at 26-6. They are 33-27 against the spread, 49-11 on the moneyline, and an even 30-30 on the over/under.
Final Jazz–Suns Prediction & Pick
Given Phoenix’s injury woes, it might be safer to go with the Jazz despite playing on the road. They enter this game as the healthier squad and with a lot more momentum, having won seven of their last eight.
Final Jazz–Suns Prediction & Pick: Jazz: -2 (-112)