Jazz at Suns - 4/4/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Jazz (34-41) at Phoenix Suns (38-38)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Talking Stick Resort Arena)
The Line: Phoenix Suns -1.5 -- Over/Under: 190 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, FSAZ
The Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns square off late Saturday night at the US Airways Center.
The Utah Jazz look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, the Jazz are averaging 94.8 points on 44.7 percent shooting and are allowing 94.8 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 19.5 points and 4.2 assists while Derrick Favors is averaging 16.4 points and 8.3 rebounds. Trey Burke is dishing 4.4 assists and Rudy Gobert is grabbing 9.2 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are allowing just 41.1 percent shooting in their last five games and have won 10 of their last 11 games when allowing less than 100 points. The Jazz have won six of their last nine games on the road. The Jazz continue to show great promise heading into next season. Rodney Hood is doubtful with a concussion.
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The Phoenix Suns look to snap a five-game skid. On the season, the Suns are averaging 103.6 points on 45.4 percent shooting and are allowing 103.6 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Eric Bledsoe is averaging 17.2 points and 6.1 assists while Markieff Morris is averaging 15.6 points and 6.1 rebounds. Gerald Green is dishing 1.2 assists and Marcus Morris is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 46.7 percent shooting in their last five games and have lost 10 of their last 14 games when allowing 100-plus points. This losing stretch has made it nearly impossible for the Suns to make the playoffs. Five of the Suns last eight wins have come at home. Marcus Thornton and Brandon Knight are doubtful with injuries.
The Jazz are 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 vs. Western Conference and 17-8-2 ATS in their last 27 road games. The 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Jazz are 14-6-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings in Phoenix and 5-2-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.
While the Jazz have been the better team and have been a covering machine, the Suns are at home and have lost some tough games recently. I look for Phoenix to bounce back here with a W and cover of the small chalk.