NBA Picks, Previews, and Predictions

Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz Predictions and Preview for 4/8/2022

Phoenix Suns takes on Utah Jazz on 4/8/2022 at 08:30 PM.

The Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz face off in an important game for both teams. Phoenix Suns has a record of 63-17 this regular season. Utah Jazz is 48-32 this regular season. Both have players to meet and know.

Phoenix Suns Team Defense Preview




They have an elite level defense and fans may not appreciate it because they get so fixated on scoring, dunks, and drama, but this defense is as good as it gets right now. A defensive effiency rating of 107.2 would certainly justify such praise. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating.

They are doing a great job forcing bad shots from opposing offenses, they are among the leaders in the NBA. Their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim is among the best in the NBA. It is tougher to score at the rim against their defense than much of the NBA.

Nothing will blow you away about their ability to force live ball turnovers.

Phoenix Suns Team Offense Preview




You should not have high expectations considering their offensive efficiency is 114.9, but relatively speaking it is still a slightly above-average offense. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just an offensive efficiency rating. This is a team that is basically of average tempo.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .582 which is considered to be above average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .550, which is considered to be above average. They attempt .354 of their shots from three point range. The three point shot is just not as important to this offense. They made .365 of their shots from three point range. They are a slightly above average three point shooting team. They made .797 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are a slightly above average Free Throw shooting team.

They have an offensive rebounding rate of 22.1% this season. They are a below average rebounding team.

Utah Jazz Team Defense Preview

Their defensive efficiency is 110.8, which means they have an above average defense relative to other teams in the NBA. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is.

This is a decent defensive team that is able to force some bad shots. Their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim is among the best in the NBA. There is an inconsistent effort to keeping opponents from scoring at the rim though.

Sometimes defenses are very focused on forcing bad shots and getting the defensive rebound. Is there anything to support this? It may be just possible that this is a passive defense.

Utah Jazz Team Offense Preview


Getting excited about an offensive efficiency of 116.8 is going a bit overboard with an above-average offense. And nothing more than that. Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. This is a slower than average team when it comes to the pace of play.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .590 which is considered to be above average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .557, which is considered to be above average. They attempt .469 of their shots from three point range. They take three point shots more than many in the NBA. They made .362 of their shots from three point range. They are a slightly above average three point shooting team. They made .769 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They would be considered below average from the charity stripe.

They successfully retrieved 25.2% of their missed shots. They are a slightly above average rebounding team.

The Phoenix Suns Roster

The Players to Watch for Phoenix Suns

Mikal Bridges 6-6 209 SF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.The ball is in safe hands with him and there is a general level of comfort in his stewardship. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Devin Booker 6-5 206 SG

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Chris Paul 6-0 175 PG

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

He likes to drift out there on offense, he is not very active near the rim. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

One of the best distributors in the NBA, he sets up his teammates like few others. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

The Utah Jazz Roster

The Players to Watch for Utah Jazz

Royce O’Neale 6-4 226 SF

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. Three point shooting is an important part of his game. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Donovan Mitchell 6-1 215 SG

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He sets up his teammates in an above-average fashion. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Bojan Bogdanović 6-7 226 PF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Phoenix Suns 111 Utah Jazz 105

Spread Pick: Phoenix Suns +2.5 -110 Bovada Get up to $750 with the promo code ‘BTCSWB750’
Moneyline Pick: Phoenix Suns +115 Bovada
Under Pick: Under 228.5 -110 Bovada Get up to $750 with the promo code ‘BTCSWB750’