Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz Pick and Prediction – NBA, January 26th, 2022
The Phoenix Suns are continuing their success that they found last season. They weren’t able to win the NBA Finals, but they remain one of if not the best team at this point in the season.
If there’s any team that understands how regular season records don’t matter in the playoffs, it’s the Utah Jazz. The Jazz finished with the best record in the NBA last season before losing to the Clippers in the Western Conference Semifinals.
Both teams are looking to finish the job this season and this could be a playoff preview in the making. Let’s take a look at the odds for this game and why each team can win.
Odds for Suns vs. Jazz
This will be the second straight matchup between these two teams. The Suns were able to win on Monday to the score of 115-109. The Suns were 12 point favorites in that game, while the over was set at 221.
The Jazz kept it very close considering that their starting lineup was Trent Forrest, Jordan Clarkson, Daniel House, Rudy Gay, and Hassan Whiteside. It will be interesting to see if they can hang with the Suns again if they are missing their starters again.
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Why the Suns Will Win
It’s hard to say if any other team in the NBA is as good as the Suns right now. They have been incredible this season with a record of 37-9, which means they have won over 80% of their games (80.4%).
The Suns do everything well and can beat you in many different ways. They rank in the top 10 in Offensive (3rd best) and Defensive Ratings (2nd best), making their Net Rating the highest in the NBA.
This team is well coached and has great players. Chris Paul is looking to win his first ever NBA ring and this season might be his best chance. He is the leader of this team and is playing incredibly efficient basketball.
Paul doesn’t score if he doesn’t need to, which brings his average to a modest 14.4 points per game. He is the perfect playmaker with an incredible 10.2 assists (1st in NBA), with just 2.4 turnovers per game. He makes up for those turnovers with 2.0 steals per game.
They are a little banged up right now with two starters with the “game-time decision” tag for this game against Utah. Jae Crowder and Deandre Ayton are big pieces of this team and would hurt to not have them.
They didn’t play with either of them in their last game, which was against the Jazz as well and they were able to win. The Jazz didn’t have their top players either, but it is a good sign that the replacement players can handle their own.
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At the end of the day this Suns team is very talented. The Jazz are banged up too, which could theoretically make it easier to beat them.
Why the Jazz Will Win
The Jazz are banged up, but no players have been ruled out for this game just yet. Their best player in Donovan Mitchell has been out a little more than a week with a concussion, while Bojan Bogdanovic, Rudy Gobert, Joe Ingles, and Royce O’Neale are all game-time decisions.
If you haven’t noticed, that is basically their exact starting 5. Mike Conley and Jordan Clarkson are capable of taking over back court and ball handling, but their depth could be in serious trouble against one of the best teams in the NBA.
I wouldn’t feel comfortable betting on the Jazz if they are missing several key players. The Suns are on fire (no pun intended) and would be tough to beat even if they were completely healthy.
There’s a chance the Jazz still win here. If the majority of their top players can suit up, suddenly the lack of depth is on the Suns. The Jazz are one of the best teams in the league when healthy and they could very well prove that in this game.
Utah shoots a ton of threes and they are good at it. They score an average of 44 points per game from 3, which is highest in the NBA.
They can score fast with the 3 ball, which makes it hard to beat them or build a big lead. The Suns are a very good defensive team, so one of them is going to have to fall.
This should be a great game and the Jazz should be able to hang with Phoenix in this game.
My Pick for Suns vs. Jazz
This one is going to truly come down to health. Both teams are banged up but the Jazz have injuries to their top players. Chris Paul and Devin Booker are healthy for the Suns and they can lead them to victory.
I will be rolling with the Suns in this one, as they have been incredible so far this season and Utah has been terrible against the spread.
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Phoenix Suns -1.5-115