When and where: March 13, 2019, Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ, 10:00 PM ET
The Utah Jazz hope to avoid a third-straight loss on Wednesday when taking on the Phoenix Suns in a Western Conference tilt. After a bounce-back win over the New Orleans Pelicans, the Jazz have lost their last two games to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies. Meanwhile, the Suns are coming off their best win of the season against
Jazz get shut down on offense
Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell posted his typical superstar numbers in Monday’s game against the Thunder, albeit with only a .364 shooting percentage. The real talking point, however, is the lack of dependable offensive firepower to back up the 22-year-old burgeoning superstar. In an important Western Conference game on their home floor, the Jazz were locked up and locked out by the Thunder’s defense.
The team shot for a combined 36.4 percent from the floor, including going a ridiculous 13-of-43 from 3-pointer. On the defensive end of the floor, they allowed Russell Westbrook to go for a near triple-double and gave up a double-double to Paul George. However, the truly backbreaking moments came with them allowing Dennis Schroder to rack up 24 points for the Thunder off the bench.
Mitchell finished the game with 25 points, four rebounds, five assists and five steals, while forward Royce O’Neale scored 17 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Meanwhile, center Rudy Gobert netted 15 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks in the 98-89 loss.
Suns stun the Warriors
Few expected the Suns to even compete against the Warriors, much less beat them on the road at Oracle Arena. Yet, that’s exactly what happened on Sunday, as the 16-win Suns handed the Warriors their fourth loss in six games. The Warriors’ starting core of All-Stars were all on the court, and the unlikely combination of Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Kelly Oubre Jr. were enough to take them down.
Granted, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson went a combined 8-of-30 from 3-pointer, which is rare in itself for the Warriors, but the Suns deserve credit for coming out and battling to victory against the defending champions. They shot 48.8 percent from the floor, including going a conservative 10-of-25 from 3-pointer. On the defensive end of the floor, they cashed in on 23 points off 17 forced turnovers.
Booker had a game-high 37 points, eight rebounds, 11 assists and two steals at the end of the game, and Ayton finished with 18 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Meanwhile, Oubre netted 22 points and five rebounds in the 115-111 victory.
- Suns are 8-18 ATS in their last 26 home games against teams with a losing road record
- Suns are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against teams in the NBA Northwest
- Under is 4-1 in Suns last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in the previous game
- Under is 7-2 in Suns last 9 games after an ATS win
- Jazz are 16-4-1 ATS in their last 21 games after a straight up loss
- Jazz are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Wednesday games
- Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games
- Jazz are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games after an ATS loss