Utah Jazz at Phoenix Suns Preview
The Utah Jazz (37-29) have a Western Conference showdown at Talking Stick Resort Arena against the
Phoenix Suns (16-52) on Wednesday, March 13 at 9 p.m. The Jazz enter this game losers of back-to-
back games. The good news for them is that there probably isn’t a better team to get a much-needed win
against than the Suns…no offense Phoenix fans. The good news for Suns fans however is that it’s looking
more and more likely that they land Zion Williamson in the draft. The Jazz are -8.5 in this game over the
Jazz Seeking Bounce Back
The Jazz fell to the Thunder 98-89 on Monday. That loss snapped an 11-game streak over scoring in triple
digits for Utah. The biggest news of the game is the altercation that occurred between Russell Westbrook
and a pair of Jazz fans. Jazz security issued multiple warning cards and the team said in the postgame
statement that it will be investigating the exchange between Westbrook and the fans.
Donovan Mitchell scored 25 points for Utah, which shot just 36 percent from the field. Royce O’Neale
added 17 points while Rudy Gobert had 15 points and 12 rebounds. The Jazz held an opponent under 100
points for the 19th time this season, but could never get on track offensively.
“We really worked our tails off defensively, particularly in the half-court,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.
“When we’re not able to convert, it puts a lot of pressure on our defense. There are a number of things we
can try and improve on, but I like how we competed on the defensive end. The offense will come.”
Utah has now fallen down to the No. 8 spot in the West. They still hold at least a four-game lead over any
team with a worse record than them and just 0.5 a game behind the San Antonio Spurs for the No. 7 spot.
Suns Coming Off Massive Win
Phoenix holds the second-worst record in the NBA behind the New York Knicks (13-54). The Suns are
better at home this season with a 10-23 record and have been playing pretty well lately. They’ve won five
out of their last seven games with their last win coming against the Golden State Warriors. The entire
sports kingdom is still trying to figure out how the Suns beat one of the best teams in the league but it
just goes to show that Phoenix has some talent on the roster.
The 115-111 victory snapped an 18-game losing streak to the Warriors. Devin Booker scored 13 straight
Phoenix points during a decisive fourth-quarter stretch and finished with 37 on Saturday night. Booker
was 13 for 23, made all nine of his free throws and also dished out 11 assists. Klay Thompson described
it as “probably the worst loss of the season, unfortunately.”
The Suns lost to the Jazz 116-88 back in February and will play them two more times following
Wednesday night’s game. Mitchell finished with 21 points and Joe Ingles had a career-high 11 assists in
the first game against Phoenix. Josh Jackson was able to match his season-high with 27 points, as
Phoenix looks to keep this hot streak rolling and stun another potential playoff team.
Jazz Trip up Suns
Look for Utah to be a desperate team and come away with a win here. Phoenix is playing better
basketball, but Utah needs this game. Bet on the Utah Jazz -8.5 to win this game over the Phoenix Suns