In their last two meetings, both losses for the Phoenix Suns, the Utah Jazz have won by a combined twelve points. The Suns will try for two-straight wins tonight.
The Phoenix Suns left Mexico on a high note, thanks to a 108-105 win against the San Antonio Spurs. They’ll look to carry that momentum into tonight when they host the Utah Jazz (26-16).
After losing to the Dallas Mavericks 113-108, the Suns bounced back with a surprising 108-105 victory against their Western Conference-rival Spurs. Devin Booker dropped 39 points in both of the NBA’s Global Game Series.
Now sitting at 13-27, the Suns are tied with the Mavericks for the worst record in the Western Conference. Despite their ugly record, they are playing much better basketball as of late. They managed to win just four games in December, but have already won three in January.
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They just beat the Spurs, a 31-9 team who will cruise to yet another playoff-run, and barely lost to the defending-champion Cleveland Cavaliers last week by just four points. It wouldn’t be right to say that this team has figured things out, but it does look better now than it has at any point throughout this season.
And while they’re playing well as of late, three wins in their last five tries, the Suns will definitely need to keep it up tonight against the Jazz. Utah has won their last three games, and could likely make it four-straight tonight. In their two meetings this season, the Jazz have won both by a combined twelve points. It’s always good basketball when these two teams square off.
The Jazz are one of the NBA’s most surprising teams this year, too. After last season’s 40-42 record, and a fourth consecutive year of missing the playoffs, Utah currently sits 10 games over the .500-mark.
It’s not a team full of superstars, either. They are lead by Gordon Heyward, who leads the way with 22.1 points per game, and George Hill, who averages 18.1 PPG. But don’t overlook what makes up their roster. The Jazz can clearly play, and will likely snap their playoff-drought this year.
While the Suns have played well this past week, the Jazz have done so consistently all season. Phoenix will look to tie their season-high win-streak at two games, and avoid a third straight loss against the Jazz this year.