Jan 20, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) reacts during the first half against the Dallas Mavericks during the first half at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Phoenix is a 7.5-point favorite over Utah on Monday (Jan. 24th) at 9 pm ET at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ
The Suns will be without Jae Crowder, Cam Payne and likely Deandre Ayton, while the Jazz will be without leading scorer Donovan Mitchell
Read below for odds, analysis and a betting prediction
There have been two constants this NBA season. Players getting ruled out thanks to COVID, and the Phoenix Suns piling up lengthy winnings streaks.
They won 18 in a row from October 30th to December 2nd, and then five straight before Christmas. Following their latest victory, they’ve now reeled off six consecutive victories, and will look to extend this latest streak on Monday (January 24th) against Utah.
Jazz vs Suns Odds
O 222.5 (-110)
U 222.5 (-110)
Odds as of Jan 23rd at BetMGM.
The Suns opened up as a 7.5-point favorite in a contest that features a total of 222.5. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 pm ET at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona, with each team missing key contributors due to injury.
As a -303 favorite, Phoenix has a 75.19% implied win probability compared to just 29.41% for Utah at +240.
Phoenix Suns Betting Analysis
The Suns took down Indiana 113-103 on Saturday night, but the win came at a cost. Both starting forward Jae Crowder and back-up guard Cam Payne left the game with wrist injuries, and have already been ruled out for Monday’s contest versus the Jazz.
Suns say Deandre Ayton (right ankle sprain) is doubtful for tomorrow, Cam Payne (right wrist sprain) and Jae Crowder (left wrist contusion) are out. Kaminsky, Nader, Šarić remain out
— Gerald Bourguet (@GeraldBourguet) January 24, 2022
Phoenix has already been playing without starting center Deandre Ayton for the past three games with an ankle injury, and he’s doubtful to suit up against Utah.
With their roster depleted and Devin Booker struggling, Mikal Bridges paced the offense versus the Pacers with a season-high 23 points. Bismack Biyombo, who’s logging heavy minutes in Ayton’s absence, matched a career-high with 21 points, while also grabbing 13 boards.
Chris Paul meanwhile, added 18 points and 16 assists, as the team shot 49% in spite of Booker’s off night. The Suns leading scorer managed just 11 points on 5-of-23 shooting.
Devin Booker blocks the shot then blows the wide-open windmill dunk 😂
Book missed 18 of 23 shots and the Suns still won! pic.twitter.com/XitVdKiIjy
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) January 23, 2022
The victory improved Phoenix to an NBA-best 36-9, and helped the Suns match their best start in franchise history. The Suns currently have the second-best NBA title odds among Western Conference teams at +800. Only Golden State (+460) is shorter.
Utah Jazz Betting Analysis
The Jazz were in action on Sunday night in Golden State, looking for just their third win in their past nine outings. Utah did pick up a victory in their previous game prior to its tilt with the Warriors, taking out Detroit 111-101.
Rudy Gobert put up a monster stat line of 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 blocks, while Bojan Bogdanovic added 23, and Jordan Clarkson splashed 20. The Jazz shot 45.6% from the field, but the game was won down low. Utah outscored the Pistons 50-34, led in large part by Gobert’s efforts.
Assistant coach Keyon Dooling stayed in Utah to work with Donovan Mitchell while he’s not with the team (concussion)
— Sarah Todd (@NBASarah) January 24, 2022
The Jazz were without leading scorer Donovan Mitchell against Detroit, as they were on Sunday versus Golden State. Mitchell is dealing with the aftermath of a concussion he suffered last Monday, and didn’t even accompany Utah on its current road trip. Entering Sunday, the Jazz were 4-2 without Mitchell in the lineup this season, but average 3 fewer points compared to when he’s on the floor.
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Jazz vs Suns Pick
Each of Utah’s latest two contests minus Mitchell have failed to hit the total, while the under has hit in 26 of their 46 games overall. Offense will be tough to come by on Monday, as Phoenix ranks second in defensive rating, and fourth in scoring defense.
The Suns are an NBA-best 36-9, on an NBA-best win streak of 6 games, with a top-5 offense and top-5 defense and an NBA-best point differential
— Gerald Bourguet (@GeraldBourguet) January 23, 2022
The Suns’ defensive prowess has led to the bulk of their games falling short of the number, especially recently. The under has hit in five of their last six, and eight of their past 12 outings.
With Utah missing its leading scorer, and Phoenix missing two starters and a key rotation piece, this game has a strong chance to underwhelm in the boxscore. While the Arizona bettors public may be tempted to take the Suns, take the under.
Pick: Under 222.5 (-110)