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Utah Jazz vs. Phoenix Suns Pick & Prediction APR 7TH 2021

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561Utah Jazz
562Phoenix Suns

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225.5
CU
-2.5 -110
225.5o -110
ML
-145
125
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Recap

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Utah vs. Phoenix Recap APR 7TH 2021

Donovan Mitchell scored 29 points and Joe Ingles added 27 to lead the visiting Utah Jazz to a 118-97 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.

Rudy Gobert scored 17 points, collected 13 rebounds and blocked five shots for the Jazz. Utah won for the 11th time in 12 games, a run that started with a victory over the Suns on March 13.

Gobert earned his 63rd point-rebound double-double of the season, setting a Jazz franchise record. Karl Malone held the previous record of 62 point-rebound double-doubles set during the 1987-88 season.

Utah's Joe Ingles also hit a milestone. He appeared in his 300th consecutive game for the Jazz, the longest active streak in the NBA.

Richaun Holmes tallied 16 points and nine rebounds, while Elie Okobo scored 15 points, to lead the Suns.

Both teams were shorthanded because of injuries. Ricky Rubio, Derrick Favors, Jae Crowder, and Kyle Korver did not play for the Jazz. Devin Booker played only eight minutes in the first quarter before suffering a left ankle sprain. He finished with eight points on 3 of 4 shooting.

Phoenix jumped on Utah early. The Suns opened the first quarter with 10 unanswered points and took a 17-4 lead on a layup from Dragan Bender.

After Booker went down, the complexion of the game completely changed for Phoenix. The Jazz dominated in the second quarter to surge ahead of the Suns. Utah ripped off an 11-0 run punctuated by back-to-back 3-pointers from Ingles to take a 48-39 lead.

Phoenix rallied and twice cut the deficit to a single point early in the third quarter, the second time on a step-back jumper from Josh Jackson that trimmed Utah's lead to 58-57. The Jazz pulled away again when Gobert answered Jackson's basket with an alley-oop dunk to spark a 9-0 run. Mitchell capped it off with a 3-pointer that gave Utah a 67-57 lead.

The Suns cut it to a basket again at 72-70 on back-to-back baskets from Holmes. That was as close as Phoenix got. The Jazz used a 10-2 run - capped by 3-pointers from Georges Niang and Raul Neto - to go up 82-72 late in the third quarter.

--Field Level Media

 

It isn't often that the teams with the best records in the NBA meet in the regular season, and that occasion usually draws attention and celebrities.

Wednesday's Utah Jazz-Phoenix Suns showdown is no different. It'll be on ESPN, and there will be at least one noted celebrity in the crowd at Phoenix: John Cleese.

OK, so it's not Drake, Spike Lee, Jack Nicholson, but the English actor of Monty Python fame added some levity to the lead-up of this showdown on social media. Cleese, who's gone public with his Jazz fandom, tweeted out to his favorite NBA team's Twitter account that he was hoping to attend the game since he'll be in Phoenix with his daughter.

As fans offered help, Jazz owner Ryan Smith responded that he'd hook up Cleese. The comedian later posted that he'd made a mistake by asking for help and said he'd opened up his wallet.

"I assumed that with limited capacity and the two best teams playing, all the tickets would have long gone," Cleese wrote. "Not so! So I BOUGHT two tickets."

This should be a doozy of a game to watch.

"This is a big one. The one seed versus two seed," Jazz star Donovan Mitchell said. "You try not to look at those things, but it's hard not to."

The Jazz enter with the NBA's best record (38-12), having won nine of 10, while the Suns (35-14) come in on a six-game winning streak.

Each squad features young, high-scoring All-Star guards Mitchell (25.4 points per game) and Devin Booker (25.9), veteran All-Star point guards Mike Conley Jr. (16.6 points and 5.5 assists per game) and Chris Paul (16.0 points, 8.8 assists), and talented bigs Rudy Gobert (14.6 points, 13.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks) and Deandre Ayton (14.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game).

They're also both looking to gain an edge as the season nears the final stretch.

"These are teams that -- if we want to get to our ultimate goal -- we're going to have to beat," said Conley, also referring to Utah's home game vs. Portland on Thursday. "They're kind of catching their strides at the right time.

"We have to be able to win on the road in hostile environments, and Phoenix is a great place to challenge ourselves. ... Looking forward to this test, that barometer to see where we're at and keep punching."

The Jazz are coming off of a 111-103 loss in Dallas on Monday, when the Jazz, the league's top 3-point-shooting team, made only 12 of 44 attempts from beyond the arc. The Mavs shot 46.9 percent from 3-point range (23 of 49).

The Suns, meanwhile, escaped from Houston with a 133-130 win on Monday. As usual, it was Booker who did the heavy lifting offensively with 36 points.

"I was just taking what the defense gave me," said Booker, who went 6-8 from 3-point range. "I got a couple of quick easy 3s and was just trying to win the game. ... We wanted to get this one bad."

In his team's only other meeting with the Jazz this season, back on New Year's Eve, Booker scored 25 points in the Suns' 106-95 win in Salt Lake City, which, coincidentally, was the last time the Jazz have lost a home game.

Paul also had a big night Monday for Phoenix, when his 11 assists moved him into an exclusive club. He became only the fifth player with 10 or more assists in 500 career games. Jazz legend John Stockton (863) is the leader.

"He's one of the best set-up guys I've ever seen," Suns coach Monty Williams said. "He understands how to get guys the ball, a lot like those other guys who are mentioned."

Paul moved past 10,000 assists in his career earlier this season, and now ranks sixth in NBA history, with 10,074 -- 67 behind Magic Johnson in fifth place. Stockton is the leader with 15,806.

--Field Level Media

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MONEY LINE ACTION

UTA

TOTAL

PHO
1899p 42%
4500 PICKS
58% 2601p
>
$
$1,335,089 74%
26% $467,696
UTA

PUBLIC

PHO
1881p 42%
4464 PICKS
58% 2,583p
>
$
$1,318,382 74%
26% $457,721
UTA

SHARP

PHO
18p 50%
36 PICKS
50% 18p
>
$
$16,707 63%
37% $9,975

SPREAD ACTION

UTA

TOTAL

PHO
5189p 46%
11372 PICKS
54% 6183p
>
$
$1,699,141 58%
42% $1,224,828
UTA

PUBLIC

PHO
5043p 45%
11162 PICKS
55% 6,119p
>
$
$1,537,664 56%
44% $1,194,756
UTA

SHARP

PHO
146p 70%
210 PICKS
30% 64p
<
$
$161,477 84%
16% $30,072

TOTAL ACTION

UNDER

TOTAL

OVER
1839p 31%
6016 PICKS
69% 4177p
>
$
$1,164,396 67%
33% $570,291
UNDER

PUBLIC

OVER
1833p 31%
5909 PICKS
69% 4,076p
>
$
$1,163,822 70%
30% $507,146
UNDER

SHARP

OVER
6p 6%
107 PICKS
94% 101p
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$
$574 1%
99% $63,145

GAMES

Last 10

W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • @L.A. Lakers W 111 - 97
  • @L.A. Lakers L 115 - 127
  • Indiana W 111 - 119
  • Oklahoma City W 96 - 106
  • Washington L 125 - 121
  • Sacramento W 112 - 128
  • Portland W 103 - 122
  • @Phoenix L 113 - 117
  • @Dallas L 103 - 111
  • Orlando W 91 - 137
W 80% L 20%
8 2
  • @Milwaukee W 128 - 127
  • San Antonio L 111 - 85
  • Sacramento W 114 - 122
  • Miami W 86 - 106
  • Houston W 120 - 126
  • Washington W 106 - 134
  • @L.A. Clippers L 103 - 113
  • Utah W 113 - 117
  • @Houston W 133 - 130
  • Oklahoma City W 103 - 140

Next Games

  • @Houston(04-24-19) L 93 - 100
  • Minnesota(12-26-20) L 116 - 111
  • @Minnesota(01-27-19) W 125 - 111
  • @Sacramento(11-25-18) W 133 - 112
  • @Philadelphia(08-11-20) W 130 - 117
  • @Boston(07-26-20) L 103 - 117
  • @Brooklyn(12-23-18) L 103 - 111
  • @New York(12-17-18) W 128 - 110
  • L.A. Clippers(01-03-21) L 112 - 107

Last Meetings

  • Jazz @ Suns 113-117
  • Suns @ Jazz 106-95
  • Suns @ Jazz 92-111
  • Suns @ Jazz 105-119
  • Suns @ Jazz 101-88
  • Jazz @ Suns 118-97
  • Suns @ Jazz 92-125
  • Jazz @ Suns 114-97
  • Suns @ Jazz 88-116
  • Suns @ Jazz 88-116

Eastern Conference

NBA AtlanticWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Philadelphia 76ers3918.684 22-617-12113.4108.4L17-0-3
Brooklyn Nets3919.672 23-716-12119.1114.4L16-0-4
New York Knicks3227.542 19-1013-17106.2104.3L28-0-2
Boston Celtics3127.534 18-1113-16112.4110.4L18-0-2
Toronto Raptors2434.414 14-1510-19112.0111.3L26-0-4
NBA CentralWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Milwaukee Bucks3522.614 18-1017-12119.3113.2L25-0-5
Indiana Pacers2631.456 9-1717-14113.5114.4L35-0-5
Chicago Bulls2433.421 11-1813-15112.0113.2L55-0-5
Cleveland Cavaliers2037.351 11-169-21103.8111.0L33-0-7
Detroit Pistons1840.310 11-167-24107.6111.3L14-0-6

Western Conference

NBA NorthwestWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Utah Jazz4315.741 26-317-12116.9107.7L16-0-4
Denver Nuggets3720.649 20-1017-10115.7110.3L28-0-2
Portland Trail Blazers3224.571 16-1216-12114.3114.7L14-0-6
Oklahoma City Thunder2038.345 9-2011-18105.3114.3L111-0-10
Minnesota Timberwolves1543.259 10-195-24110.2118.1L13-0-7
NBA PacificWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Phoenix Suns4116.719 23-918-7114.7108.2L18-0-2
Los Angeles Clippers4019.678 23-817-11115.0108.1L18-0-2
Los Angeles Lakers3523.603 17-1318-10109.9106.1L15-0-5
Golden State Warriors2929.500 17-1012-19112.9113.3L16-0-4
Sacramento Kings2334.404 12-1611-18114.3118.6L91-0-9

Eastern Conference

NBA SoutheastWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Atlanta Hawks3226.552 16-1116-15113.4111.2L18-0-2
Miami Heat3028.517 17-1313-15106.5107.4L36-0-4
Charlotte Hornets2829.491 14-1214-17110.0111.4L14-0-6
Washington Wizards2433.421 13-1611-17114.0118.1L17-0-3
Orlando Magic1840.310 10-208-20104.2112.0L31-0-9

Western Conference

NBA SouthwestWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Dallas Mavericks3026.536 13-1417-12111.3110.0L25-0-5
Memphis Grizzlies2927.518 13-1616-11113.8112.2L16-0-4
San Antonio Spurs2828.500 12-1816-10110.6111.1L24-0-6
New Orleans Pelicans2533.431 16-159-18114.7115.4L44-0-6
Houston Rockets1543.259 7-218-22107.9114.9L12-0-8

Last Injuries

Phoenix Suns

  • Dario Saric

    Ankle
    Prob Wed | probable

    Saric is expected to take on the 76ers on Wednesday despite left ankle soreness.

Utah Jazz

  • Donovan Mitchell

    Ankle
    Early May | out

    Mitchell exited the last contest with an ankle injury, and he is projected to be out of the lineup until early May.

  • Rudy Gobert

    Knee
    Prob Mon | probable

    Gobert is battling a right knee contusion, but he is projected to suit up for Monday's contest versus the Lakers.

  • Mike Conley

    Knee
    Prob Mon | probable

    Conley is expected to take the court against the Lakers on Monday despite right knee soreness.

  • Derrick Favors

    Knee
    Prob Mon | probable

    Favors has missed the last two games due to right knee soreness, but it is expected that he will be in the lineup versus the Lakers on Monday.

  • Rudy Gobert

    Rest
    Out Sat | out

    Gobert will not be in the lineup on Saturday versus the Lakers, as he will be given a day of rest.

  • Mike Conley

    Rest
    Out Sat | out

    Conley will not take the court versus the Lakers on Saturday, as he will receive a day of rest.

  • Joe Ingles

    Knee
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Ingles was held out of the previous game due to left knee soreness, and it is unknown if he will line up for Friday's tilt versus the Pacers.

  • Jordan Clarkson

    Ankle
    Prob Fri | probable

    Clarkson has missed the previous four games with a sprained right ankle, but it is projected that he will take the court Friday versus the Pacers.