It’s been a long old season for the Jazz so far having won only 2 of their 16 games in the NBA and host a Suns team who are coming in off the back of good victories at Orlando and Charlotte.
The side from Phoenix have not exactly set the world alight but it would be silly to bet against a side that have already dispatched Utah once this season already. Only their second game of the new campaign, Jazz had yet realise how long their slump would continue and alongside their defeat to OKC set the precedent for their season ahead.
On course for the worst ever regular season record, Utah will be desperate to turn their fortunes round and went a long way to doing so with victory over the Bulls on Monday night. The young Jazz side took the initiative in the first half at the EnergySolutions Arena but were pegged back in the latter stages by inspired performances from Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer to take the game into overtime. Showing great resilience, Trey Burke delivered an important 3-pointer to help seal the match and finally repay the team that traded two first-round picks to get the Michigan college players signature.
The Utah fans will hope that this is the turning point their season needs and will hope Burke, who has spent most of the season recovering from a finger injury, will pick up from where he left off in overtime.
Currently undergoing a learning curve, the Jazz youngsters seem to be doing things the hard way although Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors have been offering some resistance to their continued batterings.
And the odds aren’t suggesting anything different on Saturday. The Suns are still well in with a chance of a play-off position and for NBA betting fans, you’d expect deliver against the lower sides to keep the pace with the Nuggets who take up the final spot.
Especially after an impressive mid-week. Expected to be dispatched comfortably by the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night, the Suns came out all guns blazing and recorded their highest points total of the season at 120-106 with Goran Dragic scoring 31 for the second time this season.
It’s unlikely that this game will go any other way than the Suns, but with the Jazz well rested and jubilant after a big win against the Bulls, there would be no time like the present for them to kick-start their season.