Utah Jazz vs. Phoenix Suns Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/29/13
Phoenix Suns (8-7) at Utah Jazz (2-14)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 29, 2013 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz +2 -- Over/Under: 191 See the Latest Odds
The Phoenix Suns head to Utah on Friday to face off against the lowly Jazz.
The Utah Jazz are currently sitting at 2-14 this season, and are in dead last in the Northwest standings currently. The Jazz are also just 2-5 at home this year, but at least their two wins did come at home. Utah is playing pretty well defensively, allowing 99.2 points per game on the year, but the offense is dreadful, as the Jazz are scoring just 88.5 per outing, ranking the Jazz 29th in the league in scoring offense. Utah did earn a win in their last outing, defeating the Chicago Bulls on Monday, 89-83 in overtime in Utah. Utah has had plenty of time at home to rest and prepare, so there will be no excuses for this team come Friday if they can’t get it done against Phoenix.
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The Phoenix Suns are in the black currently, going 8-7 overall on the year. The Suns are in the hunt in the Pacific division currently, trailing the Clippers by just 2.5 games. Phoenix is doing a very nice job of playing balanced basketball this season, as the Suns are scoring an average of 100.9 points per game, while allowing just 98.8 per game. Phoenix is 3-2 overall in their last five games heading into their meeting with Utah on Friday, with their last outing earning a win over the Trail Blazers, in Phoenix 120-106 on Wednesday.
The Phoenix Suns are an incredible 11-3 against the spread this season, and the Suns are going 7-1 against the spread this year on the road. Phoenix is also in the black, going 2-1 against the spread this season, coming off a game where the Suns scored 105+.
The Utah Jazz are 7-8 against the spread this season and when playing at home, the Jazz are 4-3 against the spread. Utah is also solid on Friday’s where the Jazz are 2-1 against the spread this season.
I have to back the Suns in this spot. The Jazz are better than their record states, but this is yet another bad spot for Utah. The Suns are rested and amped up after beating the red hot Trail Blazers on Wednesday. Look for the Jazz to hang around in this one, but the Suns will be too much, getting a solid win on the road in Utah.