Jazz vs. Suns - 3/17/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Phoenix Suns (18-49) at Utah Jazz (32-35)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -9 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSAZ, ROOT
The Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz square off Thursday night at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.
The Phoenix Suns could use a win after losing 11 of their last 15 games. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 100.8 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 108 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Brandon Knight is averaging 19.4 points and 5.2 assists while Devin Booker is averaging 12.3 points and 2.2 rebounds. Mirza Teletovic is grabbing 3.4 rebounds and Archie Goodwin is dishing two assists. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Suns are allowing 38.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost 12 of their last 14 road games.
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The Utah Jazz look to build on their solid three-game winning streak. The Utah Jazz are averaging 98 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 97.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Derrick Favors is averaging 17 points and 8.5 rebounds while Rodney Hood is averaging 14.7 points and 2.8 assists. Shelvin Mack is dishing 4.9 assists and Rudy Gobert is grabbing 10.9 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Jazz are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won nine of their last 12 home games. Gordon Hayward is questionable with an injury.
The Suns are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest. The Jazz are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Suns are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Utah and 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.
I don't love big chalk with a Utah team that struggles to score, but the Suns are downright awful. Even with Knight back in the lineup, the Suns continue to perform like one of the worst teams in the league. Give me the home team by double digits.