Free NBA Pick: Suns vs Jazz NBA Odds
Looking for Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz free NBA picks & NBA odds? NBA betting sees the Suns taking on the Jazz on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
(10-23) Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz (20-13)
Date: Saturday, Dec. 31
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena – Salt Lake City, Utah
NBA Moneyline Odds: Jazz -10.5
NBA Betting Odds: Off
NBA Betting Total:Off
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Saturday NBA sees two teams facing off in the Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz who run very different styles.
This will be a battle of contract on New Year’s Eve.
*All statistics, rankings, standings and trends are current as of this writing at 3:30 a.m. ET on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.
Entering this contest, the Suns are posting 106.8 points per game. That number is good enough for eighth in the league, but the number isn’t as strong as it appears on the surface.
Phoenix runs the second-fastest pace in the NBA. Faster pace equals more possessions; more possessions equals more points.
The catch is that this tell us nothing about how effecient the offense is. So far this season, Phoenix is just 22nd in offensive efficiency, proving that the points are hollow.
Defensively, this team isn’t any better. The Suns are 25th in defensive efficiency.
In terms of points per game allowed, Phoenix drops even further down the totem pole. Because of the fast pace it runs, it’s giving up 113.6 points per contest, which is only good enough for 29th in the Association.
The Utah Jazz enter this contest scoring 99.2 points per contest. That number is only good enough for 24th in the league; but again: Look at efficiency as a better indicator.
Utah is eighth in terms of offensive efficiency, proving that the only reason it scores so few points on a nightly basis is because it also runs the second-slowest pace in the entire NBA.
Because nobody takes the time to recognize just how efficient the Jazz actually are on offense, defense is where they make their name. So far this season, they’re allowing just 95 points per game, which is good enough for first leaguewide.
Think that this number is only a result of their slow pace? Think again.
Utah has the third-best defensive efficiency in the NBA, behind on the Golden State Warriors (2nd) and Memphis Grizzlies (1st).
NBA Betting Trends:
- Suns are 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 vs. Western Conference.
- Suns are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Suns are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Jazz are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Jazz are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a straight up win.
- Jazz are 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
Free Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz NBA Prediction:
The Suns can be dangerous when everything is clicking because of their fast face and high-octane offense.
The problem is that Utah’s defense makes even the league’s top offenses look anemic.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Jazz Straight Up. Suns ATS.
Keeping Phoenix under 100 points is a difficult task for anybody, but don’t be shocked if the Jazz find a way to do just that while collecting the victory.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Utah 105 – Phoenix 97
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