Utah Jazz (37-29) vs. Phoenix Suns (16-52)
March 13, 2019 @ 10:00 pm ET (Talking Stick Resort Arena)
Lines and Odds: Jazz -7.5 Over/Under: 221.5
ESPN NBA Expert Picks Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz
The 8th seed Utah Jazz are playing against the 15th seed Phoenix Suns in tonight’s Western Conference match-up at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Jazz are 21-12 at home and 16-17 away. Utah has won five of the last ten games on their schedule, and rank 4th in the Northwest Division. After losing to the Oklahoma Thunder 98-89 at home, played on March 11th, the team is now on a two game losing streak. With playoff hopes still alive, Utah is aiming to hold onto the 8th seed in the west. For the 7th seed, the Los Angeles Clippers are 39-30 and are still fighting for a better playoff spot. Meanwhile, the Suns are 10-23 at home and 6-29 on the road. Ranking 5th in the Pacific Division, Phoenix has won five of the last ten games. On March 10th, they beat the Golden State Warriors 115-111 on the road, in arguably their most impressive win of the season. In the last ten meetings head to head, the Jazz are 9-1 against the Suns. They’ve averaged a higher field goal percentage of 47.39% and have out-rebounded the Suns 45.60 to 42.40.
The Phoenix Suns rank 24th for scoring offense, averaging 107 points per game. Their offensive efficiency rating is 1.021, which ranks 27th in the NBA. Devin Booker is leading the team for points and assists per game. He averages 25.1 points per game and 6.7 assists. DeAndre Ayton is ahead for rebounds per gaming, earning 10.3 per game. With 1.6 steals per game, Mikal Bridges is in first place for steals. Richaun Holmes is acquiring at least 1 block per game and in at least 50 games played, he has the highest field goal percentage on the team, 62.7%. Additionally, Booker is averaging the most minutes played per game, with 35 minutes on the court in 53 game started. In 61 games started, Ayton averages 31 MPG. When reviewing the injury report, fortunately, there are no major injuries listed for the Suns. For scoring defense, the Suns allow their opponents to score 115.9 points per game, ranking 28th in the league. The team’s defensive efficiency rating is 1.107 and it ranks 29th overall. There is good news for Phoenix, though. The Suns rank 12th for free throw shooting percentage, completing 78.2% of their shots from the free throw line. They average 77.8% at home and 78.5% on the road.
Ranking 20th for scoring offense, the Utah Jazz average 109.9 points per game. The Jazz’ offensive efficiency rating is 1.060 and it ranks 19th in the league. Donovan Mitchell is leading the team for points and steals per game. He averages 23.5 points and 1.5 steals per game. With acquiring 6.1 assists per game, Ricky Rubio is ahead for this statistic. Rudy Gobert is in first place for rebounds, blocks, and he has the highest field goal percentage. Gobert’s field goal percentage is 65.2%. He also earns 12.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. Plus, Mitchell is averaging the most minutes played per game for the Jazz, with 33.8 minutes in 62 games started. Joe Ingles is on the court for 31.7 minutes per game, in 66 games played and started. According to the injury report, both Ricky Rubio and Raul Neto were upgraded to “probable” for tonight’s game against the Phoenix Suns. Dante Exum has returned from his ankle injury, which he suffered back in January. For scoring defense based on opponents’ points per game, Utah ranks 4th overall, with allowing 106.8 points per game. The team’s defensive efficiency rating is 1.030 and it ranks 3rd. Based on team free throw shooting percentage, the Jazz rank 26th at 73.2%. The team shoots 73.3% at the free throw line at home and 73% away.
Cover the Spread 365 Betting Trends
Phoenix is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Phoenix is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Phoenix is 5-19 SU in its last 24 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix’s last 5 games
Phoenix is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Utah is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Utah is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Utah’s last 7 games
Utah is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Utah is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
ESPN NBA Scores Utah Jazz vs. Phoenix Suns
Leading into tonight’s game, the Suns are the superior free throw shooting team. However, for 3 point shooting, the Utah Jazz rank 22nd at 34.8%, whereas the Phoenix Suns rank 30th at 32.9%. When team shooting percentage is factored in, the teams appear more evenly matched. Phoenix ranks 17th at 45.7%, while Utah ranks 15th at 46%. Not to mention, the Jazz have a top five scoring defense. The Suns have struggled all season long to prevent their opponents from scoring points. Next, turnovers have affected both teams throughout the NBA season. The Jazz have 15.3 turnovers per game and to make matters worse for the Suns, they have 15.6 turnovers. Regardless of offensive production, the rates are similar. Statistically, another major difference between these two teams is total rebounding percentage. Utah ranks 2nd in the league, but Phoenix ranks dead last at 30th. The Suns had an exceptional win recently against the Golden State Warriors. Nonetheless, Phoenix is too inconsistent from game to game. The Utah Jazz have more to play for right now. They are the best bet in this game.
Pick: Jazz -6 (-105)