The Suns continued one of their strongest stretches of the season by beating Indiana 113-103 last Saturday, but their latest victory came at a cost. Point guard Cam Payne, who averages 10.5 points per game off the bench, and power forward Jae Crowder, who contributes 9.3, both suffered wrist injuries and will miss the game against the Jazz. Utah, which lost a close 94-92 decision to Golden State Sunday, will be without leading scorer Donovan Mitchell, who is in concussion protocol.
Jazz at Suns Stats
Looking at the Utah stats
Jazz center Rudy Gobert leads the NBA by pulling down 15 rebounders per game and also contributes 16 points per game. Gobert’s presence will be important without Mitchell in the lineup, as Utah should play a more defensive-oriented style. Bojan Bogdanovic is an effective outside shooter and also contributes 18.1 points per game.
Jordan Clarkson has contributed 15.3 points per game and has made 45 appearances off the bench. The Jazz have been effective at stopping their opponents from knocking down shots from the perimeter. Utah has allowed opponents to shoot 34 percent from beyond the arc, which is the eighth-best percentage in the league.
Utah also limits its opponents to 107.1 points per game and 44.8 percent shooting from the field, which rank 12th and 11th, respectively. Jazz point guard Mike Conley leads the team by handing out 4.2 assists per game.
Looking at the Phoenix stats
In addition to missing Payne and Crowder, Suns center Deandre Ayton is being bothered by his ankle and is doubtful for the game against Jazz. Ayton, who averages 16.8 points and 10.6 rebounds per game, carries a heavy workload for Phoenix. The Suns, however, will still have shooting guard Devin Booker, who averages 24.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game.
Point guard Chris Paul leads the league by handing out 10.1 assists per game. Phoenix leads the league in field goal percentage, knocking down 47.6 percent of its shots.
The Suns also top the league in defending the 3-point line. Opponents only make 32.7 percent of its outside shots against Phoenix.
Betting Trends for Utah at Phoenix
- Utah is 20-25-1 against the spread.
- Phoenix is 25-20 against the spread.
- The over is 23-22-1 in the Jazz’s games this season.
- The Suns are 21-14 against the spread following a win.
- Utah is 6-10 against the spread following a loss.
Who to Bet Jazz at Suns
Top sportsbooks have the Suns as 8.5-point favorites. Phoenix is -375 on the moneyline, while the Jazz is at +295. The over/under is 222.5.
The Suns head into the front end of the home-and-home banged up, potentially missing three key rotation pieces. Utah also has its share of issues with injuries, including missing its leading scorer.
The Jazz showed tenacity playing without Mitchell Sunday, limiting Golden State to 94 points in a two-point loss. Expect another stout defensive effort from Utah, which will struggle to score itself, as the total goes under 222.5.