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2021 NBA Handicapping
(30-16) Utah Jazz vs. Phoenix Suns (36-9)
Date: Monday, January 24th
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Footprint Center, Phoenix, Arizona
NBA Moneyline Odds: Jazz +250 | Suns -260 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Suns -7
NBA Betting Total: 222.5
Monday, January 24th, finds the Utah Jazz playing the Phoenix Suns for surprisingly the first time this season in a home and home set. The clubs will play a further three times with Phoenix hosting on February 27th while Utah will host two contests on January 26th and April 8th.
The Jazz beat the Pistons on Friday 111-101 and lost 92-94 in the front side of the back-to-back set versus the Warriors on Sunday while the Suns played Saturday defeating the Pacers 113-103.
Last season, the squads met three times with Phoenix sweeping the season series. The Suns hold the all-time record having bested the Jazz in 96 of their 189 matches.
It would be hard to find a more difficult back-to-back set than what the Jazz are facing with the Warriors and Suns in consecutive matches on tap.
Some feel the Utah – Denver back-to-back is the most brutal given the high altitude but based on Phoenix and Golden State having the best records in the association this season that’s the hardest set.
Factor in Donovan Mitchell is in the concussion protocol program, Rudy Gobert is nursing an ankle injury and the Jazz have stumbled to start the New Year. In fact, this next schedule stretch for Utah is arguably the toughest they’ll face this season.
Following this back-to-back set, they play Phoenix again to complete the home and home set. This scary trio of matches is followed by a six-game stint that features the Grizzlies, Nuggets, Nets, and Warriors once again with the Knicks and vastly improved Wolves also in the mix.
Nor is the timing ideal considering the way the Jazz have started 2022. Their key stats highlight the struggles as the Jazz rank first offensively (116.1), 12th defensively (108.7), and third in net differential on the season (plus +7.4).
But in 2022 (games prior to Sunday) in their 11 games, the regression is palpable as they rank eighth on offense (114.0), 23rd on defense (114.6), and post a negative net differential (minus -0.6) which ranks 17th.
Hassan Whiteside (quarantine) and Donovan Mitchell (concussion) are questionable.
No team has been more consistent this season than the Suns. While every team has dealt with health and safety protocols and several suffered injuries to core assets the Suns have navigated the protocols without stumbling and while Devin Booker missed time the team just kept on winning.
One clear reason why is the leadership and play of Chris Paul. Regardless of which big man is in the mix, they look like All-Stars playing alongside the Point God. Sure, Deandre Ayton is a talented center and JaVale McGee has played on championship teams but consider what CP3 has done with the other bigs.
Frank Kaminsky was looking like he’d be destined for an overseas career prior to joining the Suns. Sophomore Jalen Smith did so little to impress management they didn’t pick up his third-year rookie option almost unprecedented for a lottery pick (10th).
And, Bismack Biyombo impressed so much during his 10-day hardship contract the Suns have cemented him through season end to have another vet they can turn to during the playoffs (remember Biz annoying LeBron in the Eastern Conference Finals?).
Clearly, the common denominator in each of these situations is the veteran Paul who perhaps should be re-nicknamed the center whisperer.
Ironically, the Suns are facing some adversity entering this match with several players on the injury list. Jae Crowder injured his wrist in the last game and won’t play Monday. Deandre Ayton (ankle) is doubtful while Cameron Payne (wrist) and Abdel Nadel (conditioning) are also out.
Frank Kaminsky (knee) and Dario Saric (knee) are out indefinitely.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Jazz are 6-4 in the last 10 head to head
- The teams are 5-5 ATS in their last 10 meetings
- Over Under is 4-6 in the teams last 10 head to head matchups
Free Utah Jazz vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Prediction:
As resilient as the Suns have been missing three key contributors with Crowder, Ayton, and Payne out it puts extra pressure on Paul and Booker to get the job done. While the Suns could still pull off the victory it’s unlikely they cover the spread and there’s also the uncertainty of Mitchell returning.
While I have no knowledge of Mitchell I’m leaning toward him playing (assuming he clears protocols) based on how important this match is to the standings.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Jazz +7
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