Utah Jazz vs Phoenix Suns Prediction 11-17-23 NBA Picks

Utah Jazz vs Phoenix Suns Prediction 11-17-23 NBA Picks player photo
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The Utah Jazz play host to the Phoenix Suns at the Delta Center on Friday night.

Phoenix Suns 

The Phoenix Suns have been in decent shape as they've won three of their past five games overall and they will be aiming for another win after routing the Timberwolves by 133-115 win on Wednesday. Kevin Durant led the team with 31 points, six rebounds and six assists on 11 of 15 shooting, Devin Booker added 31 points with five assists while Eric Gordon chipped in with 15 points on six of nine shooting. As a team, the Suns shot a sizzling 60 percent from the field and 17 of 31 from the 3-point line as they caught fire early and just never looked in trouble after exploding for 76 points in an impressive first half. The Suns dominated this one and led by as many as 28 points before they rested most of their starters early. 

Phoenix Suns Team Facts

  • The Suns have won each of their last 12 games as road favorites.
  • The Suns have failed to cover the spread in each of their last four road games following a home win.
  • Seven of the Suns' last eight games as favorites have gone OVER the total points line.

Utah Jazz 

Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz are starting to build some momentum as they are aiming for a third straight victory after routing the Trail Blazers in a 115-99 win on Tuesday. Jordan Clarkson led the team with 39 points on 13 of 19 shooting, Lauri Markkanen added 21 points and nine rebounds while John Collins tallied 14 points with 10 rebounds and three blocks. As a team, the Jazz shot 46 percent from the field and 13 of 43 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 36 points in the first quarter, before they clamped down defensively and held the Trail Blazers to just 13 points to pull away in the end. 

Utah Jazz Team Facts

  • The Jazz have won 19 of their last 20 home games against Pacific Division opponents that held a losing record.
  • The favorites have covered the spread in six of the Jazz's last seven games.
  • Each of the Jazz's last six games as underdogs following a home win have gone OVER the total points line.

Peter's Pick

The Suns will likely be shorthanded once again as Bradley Beal is still listed as doubtful, while the Jazz will again be missing Walker Kessley. The Suns are starting to heat up now and they are coming into this one fresh off one of their best wins of the season thanks to big games from both Durant and Booker. The Jazz are finally starting to win some games and they will be feeling better following their big win over the depleted Trail Blazers. The Jazz have won three of their five home games this season, but I'm still not sold on them and I don't think they're getting enough free points from the bookies here. The Suns are the team in better shape and I think they get the win and cover on the road at this short line.

Peter Tran's Free Pick:Phoenix -4.5