Utah Jazz (30-17) vs. Phoenix Suns (36-9)
January 24, 2022 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Phoenix Suns -9.5; Over/Under: -222.5
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The Utah Jazz invade the Footprint Center to do battle with the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.
The Utah Jazz have been in terrible shape as they’ve lost seven of their past nine games overall and they will be hoping to bounce back after coming up painfully short to the Warriors in a 94-92 road loss last night. Bojan Bogdanovic led the team with 21 points, Rudy Gay added 16 points while Rudy Gobert chipped in with 12 points, 18 rebounds and three assists. As a team, the Jazz shot just 38 percent from the field and 11 of 35 from the 3-point line as they allowed the Warriors to get off to a hot start to fall behind by as many as 13 points in the third quarter, before coming alive in the fourth quarter where they held the Warriors to just 11 points to cut the deficit to just two points with 32 seconds remaining. Jordan Clarkson had a night to forget as he scored just nine points on three of 13 shooting off the bench.
Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns have been on a tear lately as they’ve won nine of their past 10 games overall and they will be eager to build on their current six-game win streak after routing the Pacers in a 113-103 home win on Saturday. Mikal Bridges led the team with 23 points on 10 of 15 shooting, Bismack Biyombo added 21 points with 13 rebounds and five assists off the bench while Chris Paul chipped in with 18 points, 16 assists and four steals. As a team, the Suns shot 49 percent from the field and seven of 25 from the 3-point line as they poured in 35 points in the second quarter to take the lead going into halftime, before outscoring the Pacers by 33-20 in the third quarter to push the lead out to 22 points. Devin Booker had himself a night to forget as he finished with just 11 points on five of 23 shooting from the field and zero of six shooting from the 3-point line.
Looking at the betting trends, the Jazz are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games, 0-5 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 1-7 ATS in their last eight games overall. The Suns are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games, 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the under is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings in Phoenix and the Jazz are 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings overall.
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The Jazz will again be without Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert and Bojan Bogdanovic are listed as day to day, so the Jazz will be shorthanded once again, while the Suns will be without Abdel Nader, Cameron Payne and Jae Crowder while DeAndre Ayton is listed as doubtful. The Jazz are mired in their worst slump of the season as they’ve struggled in absence of Mitchell and they might still be kicking themselves after coming up just short to the Warriors last night. The Suns have been hit by injuries just like most other teams, but they haven’t allowed it to slow them down, not even when Booker shoots five of 23 from the field like he did in the win over the Pacers on Saturday. The line is a little hefty, but I like the Suns to take full advantage of the depleted Jazz.