Basketball betting handicappers see the Phoenix Suns as nothing more than a long shot in the Western Conference to make the online basketball betting playoffs.
The Utah Jazz will host the Phoenix Suns on Friday night with a telecast on ESPN set for 10:30 PM ET. Be sure and open your account at Sports Gambling and have it ready for action on this Western Conference matchup as side and total odds will be available.
Phoenix was 10-12-1 with the NBA lines on the road and went over the total in 12 out of 23 away games. The Suns defense, as has been the case for the past few seasons, has been one of the worst in the NBA as it ranked 29th for points allowed. Steve Nash led the Suns in scoring with nearly 17 points per game and of course was the leading assist man on the team with 11 per game.
Utah had a record of 30-22 straight up and 23-28-1 with the NBA betting odds. The Jazz were 12-15 against the spread at home and went under the total in 15 of their 27 home games. Utah has been in bad form lately with just 3 payouts in 10 games from January 21 through February 5.
Deron Williams led Utah with 21.9 points per game and also led the Jazz in assists with 9.5 per game. Al Jefferson was the leading rebounder for Utah with 9.1 per game.
Utah coach Jerry Sloan has by far the longest tenure in the NBA and has been a major reason for the success of the franchise but he is facing an ever increasingly difficult challenge in trying to keep the Jazz in playoff contention with a revamped roster.
Phoenix has paid out in their last 3 meetings against Utah with all 3 of those games going under the total. This is the second meeting of the season between these two teams. The Suns scored a 110-94 payout at Utah on October 28 as the game went under the number. Phoenix has paid out in 8 of their last 13 visits to Utah including their last 2 trips, both of which went under the basketball betting total.