- Go to BetOnline or Bovada for the latest odds on the Jazz vs Suns matchup
- Devin Booker is averaging over 30 points per game over the past 12 contests
- The Western Conference clash tips off from Vivint Arena at 9:00pm ET on Monday, March 27th
Phoenix (39-35) snapped a three-game losing skid with a 125-105 home victory over the 76ers on Saturday. Devin Booker stayed hot with 29 points, helping the Suns pick up the win without teammates Kevin Durant and Deandre Ayton. They’ll now travel to Utah (35-39), who hope to end a three-game losing streak of their own. Sitting in 12th place in the Western Conference, the Jazz’s playoff hopes are fading with only eight games remaining in the regular season.
Jazz vs Suns
|Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Phoenix Suns||-6.5 (-110)||-290||TBD|
|Utah Jazz||+6.5 (-110)||+235||TBD|
Durant’s impending return
Before Saturday’s win over the Sixers, Phoenix had lost five of six games since Kevin Durant sprained his ankle in warmups. The Suns hope to get the all-time great back for Wednesday’s matchup against the Timberwolves. KD has suited up only three times for his new team since being acquired at the deadline. With only eight games left in the regular season, the clock is ticking for Monty Williams’ club to build chemistry before the postseason.
Phoenix is in danger of losing home-court advantage in the first round. They’re currently just a half-game ahead of the Clippers and Warriors for fourth place in the Western Conference. To topple Utah, they’ll need Devin Booker to stay red hot. Over his past 10 games, the 26-year-old is averaging 32.6 points while shooting 58.9% from the field.
I am once again asking this question:
What can’t Devin Booker do? pic.twitter.com/nGj9viJlo0
— Suns Are Better (@SunsAreBetter) March 26, 2023
Jazz desperate for win?
Utah is coming off a 121-113 loss to Sacramento on Saturday night despite rookie center Walker Kessler scoring a career-high 31 points with 11 rebounds. Lauri Markkanen has missed the past two games with a left hand contusion. And guard Jordan Clarkson has skipped nine games in a row with a sprained finger.
The Jazz are currently a game back of both the Thunder and Mavericks for the 10th and final spot in the playoffs. They need to snap a three-game losing streak on Monday night to have any hope at squeaking in the NBA Play-In Tournament. However, keep an eye on Markannen’s status. Danny Ainge and the Jazz organization probably wouldn’t mind if their All-Star forward missed a few more games. While a postseason appearance is nice, so is having a chance at Victor Wembanyama in the NBA Draft Lottery.
Utah vs Phoenix
Phoenix is a 6.5-point road favorite on Monday night despite being seven games under .500 (15-23) away from home. They’re 18-19-1 against the spread on the road, while the Jazz are 19-17-1 ATS at Vivint Arena, and 22-15 straight up. Utah was blown out by the Bucks 144-166 the last time they played in Salt Lake City. However, Will Hardy’s team had quality wins over the Kings and Celtics at home over the past 10 days.
Utah games go OVER at the highest rate in the NBA (58.3%), but they’re only hitting the OVER half the time (50%) on their home floor. Meanwhile, Suns’ road contests hit the OVER at 55.6%.
Walker Kessler is the first rookie in Jazz franchise history to record 30+ points and 10+ rebounds in a game. pic.twitter.com/oVk4tA4FXj
— NBA History (@NBAHistory) March 26, 2023
The Jazz are 10-2 ATS as a home underdog. While this pick depends on Markannen suiting up on Monday night, we like Utah in a must-win game in front of their fans in Salt Lake City.
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