Saturday, December 31, 2016
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The Phoenix Suns travel to EnergySolutions Arena to play the Utah Jazz on Saturday, December 31, 2016. The opening line for this matchup has Utah as 10.5 point favorites. The Suns come into this game with an overall record of 10-23. They are 5th in the Pacific Division. They currently have a point differential of -6.8 as they are averaging 106.8 points per game while giving up 113.6 per contest. The Jazz have an overall record of 20-13. They currently are 1st in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 99.2 points per game and surrendering 95.0, good for a point differential of 4.2.
Eric Bledsoe comes into this contest averaging 20 points per game while playing 32.3 minutes per night so far this season for the Suns. He pulls down 5 rebounds per game and dishes out 5.5 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage is currently at 82%. Devin Booker averages 18.8 points per game in 33.1 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.3 assists per contest and 2.9 rebounds per game for Phoenix. His field goal percentage is 40% for the year while his free throw percentage is 82%.
Rodney Hood averages 14.4 points per game while playing 29 minutes per contest this year for the Jazz. He grabs 3.6 rebounds per game and has 1.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage currently is at 77%. Gordon Hayward averages 22.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 35.2 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.2 rebounds per contest and 3.7 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 87%.
Phoenix averages 106.8 points per contest this season which ranks them 8th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -6.8 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 20th. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 22nd in the league. They average 53.7 rebounds per game and 18.5 assists per game which ranks them 8th and 30th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 28th with 16.4 per game. The Suns allow 113.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 29th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc ranking them 26th and 29th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 53.8 rebounds a game which ranks 22nd and they give up 22.8 assists per contest which puts them in 22nd place in the league. They force 16.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 1st in the league.
Utah averages 99.2 points per game this year which ranks them 24th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 4.2 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them sitting in the 6th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 7th in the NBA. They average 49.8 rebounds per game and 19.2 assists per contest which ranks them 27th and 29th respectively. In the turnover department the Jazz rank 14th with 13.8 per game. The Jazz allow 95 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 1st in the league. They also allow a 43% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 3rd and 16th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 49 rebounds a game which ranks 3rd and they give up 17.6 assists per contest which puts them in 1st place in the league. The Jazz force 11.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 30th in the NBA.
The Suns have an offensive rating of 104.2 and a defensive rating of 110.9. In terms of pace they average 100.9 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 49%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they shoot 3 pointers on 28% of their shots. Phoenix turns the ball over an average of 14.1 times per 100 possessions and they force 14 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%.
The Jazz rating on offense is 109 and they have a defensive rating of 104.3. They get 91 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 53%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 57% and they attempt 3 pointers on 35% of their shot attempts. Utah turns the ball over on 13.7 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 11.3 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 48%.
Phoenix Suns Betting Trends
The Phoenix Suns are 15-17-1 against the spread
The Phoenix Suns are 23-10-0 against the over/under
Utah Jazz Betting Trends
The Utah Jazz are 16-16-1 against the spread
The Utah Jazz are 17-16-0 against the over/under
Phoenix Suns Injuries
12/30/16 C Tyson Chandler Leg probable Saturday vs. Utah
Utah Jazz Injuries
12/22/16 PG Dante Exum Knee out indefinitely
10/24/16 PG Alec Burks Knee out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Utah -10.5
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