Last Updated Apr 08, 2022, 9:50 PM

Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz Predictions, Picks, Odds

Nationally televised NBA action will resume on Friday night with a heavyweight Western Conference bout between the Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz. Coverage begins from Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBA TV.

Score Prediction

Suns 119, Jazz 114

Best Bets

Over 226 (-110) at DraftKings

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Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz Predictions

After finishing second in the West with a record of 51-21 SU last year, Phoenix effortlessly kept that same train rolling with another dominant start to this season, as the Suns opened with a red-hot 27-8 SU and 18-17 ATS run – with 18 of those victories coming by 10+ PTS. 

Despite Chris Paul’s recent 15-game absence, Phoenix has sustained that same momentum all the way through the early stages of April as well, considering the Suns boast impressive records of 36-9 SU and 25-20 ATS across their last 45 games – while generating 117.4 OPPG and allowing just 109.1 DPPG during that timeframe.

On the other hand, Utah absolutely dominated to open this season, as the Jazz kicked things off with an impressive 26-9 SU and 17-17-2 ATS stretch – with 20 of those SU victories coming by 10+ PTS.

However, Utah has been on quite the injury rollercoaster since mid-January, considering Utah enters Friday riding a bumpy 22-23 SU and 16-27-2 ATS skid – while scoring just 111.8 OPPG and surrendering 109.5 DPPG across that window.

I’ll take the over here, as the Jazz are 3-6 SU and 1-7-1 ATS in their last nine games, while tallying 111.8 OPPG and surrendering 113 DPPG during that span – setting the stage for a fast-paced battle against a Suns squad that’s averaging 117 OPPG across their latest 4-5 ATS skid.

Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz Betting Odds

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Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz Betting Resources

  • Matchup: Pacific vs. Northwest
  • Date: Friday, April 8, 2022
  • Venue: Vivint Arena
  • Location: Salt Lake City, UT
  • TV-Time: NBA TV - 9:30 p.m. ET
  • Injury Report

Phoenix Suns Betting Analysis

  • SU: 63-17
  • ATS: 43-37
  • O/U: 40-39-1

After battling Utah for the top spot in the conference all the way through the final day of last year’s regular season (51-21 SU), Phoenix was surprisingly rusty to start the year, as the Suns dropped three-of-four games out of the gate – while scoring just 106.3 OPPG across that window.

Devin Booker and company clearly just needed a few weeks to settle into a rhythm though, considering the Suns boast records of 62-14 SU and 42-34 ATS since their opening skid, while ranking fourth in the league in scoring and third in offensive efficiency (114.9 OPPG, 1.117 OE) – and on the flipside, ranking ninth in points allowed and third in defensive efficiency (107.1 DPPG, 1.041 DE).

Utah Jazz Betting Analysis

  • SU: 48-32
  • ATS: 32-44-4
  • O/U: 37-41-2

The Jazz have been one of the most consistent squads in the West across the last few regular seasons, which is no fluke, as Utah continuously maintains a very well-balanced attack, highlighted by Donovan Mitchell and company leading the league in offensive efficiency by a narrow margin (1.128 OE) – while also ranking 12th in defensive efficiency (1.075 DE).

However, Utah’s consistency quickly fades without the combined presence of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, considering the Jazz’ top-ranked offensive attack is averaging just 111.8 OPPG across their latest 22-23 SU stretch – with nearly half of those SU losses coming in the absence of Mitchell or Gobert (10).

The Jazz are 1-7-1 ATS in their last nine games. (Getty Images)

Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz Head-to-Head

The Suns swept a three-game regular-season set against Utah last year, with their first matchup staying under the total at a score of 106-95 (U 219), with their ensuing two affairs cruised over with an average of 225.5 PPG. However, Phoenix is 2-1 SU against Utah this season, with their first and third matchups going over the total at an average of 228 PPG, while their second meeting stayed under with a score of 105-97 (U 223).

Key Players to Watch

  • PHX: Devin Booker - SG (26.7 PPG, 5 REB, 4.9 AST)
  • PHX: Deandre Ayton - C (17.2 PPG, 10.2 REB, 1.4 AST)
  • UTA: Donovan Mitchell - SG (26 PPG, 4.2 REB, 5.3 AST)
  • UTA: Rudy Gobert - C (15.5 PPG, 14.7 REB, 2.1 BLK)

Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz Betting Conclusion

After posting back-to-back home wins over the Grizzlies and Thunder, the Jazz enter Friday’s contest as short home underdogs against the Suns at Vivint Arena – marking the third time Utah has been an underdog across their last nine games.

I’ll take the over here, as the Suns are 6-3 SU and 4-5 ATS in their last nine games, while tallying 117 OPPG and surrendering 115.4 DPPG during that span – setting the stage for a high-scoring battle against a Jazz squad that’s averaging 111.8 OPPG across their latest 3-6 SU skid.

Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz Betting Trends

  • The Suns are 1-4 ATS in their last five games.
  • The Jazz are 2-6 ATS in their last eight matchups against Phoenix.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the last six Suns' games.
  • The Jazz are 1-7-1 ATS in their last nine games.
  • The Suns are 10-3 SU in their last 13 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in four of the last five Jazz' games.
  • The total has gone OVER in four of the last five matchups between Utah and Phoenix.
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