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Game #26: Suns (12-16) @ Jazz (11-14) Location: Vivint Smart Home Arena • Salt Lake City, UT Time: 7:00 p.m. (MT) TV: ROOT Sports • Radio: 1280 AM / 97.5 FM

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Tonight the Utah Jazz take on the Phoenix Suns. These two teams are pretty linked . . . and not just the head coach or time zone. Both teams are also in the thick of things in the Western Conference playoff race. Utah is 11-14 and Phoenix is 12-17. Both aren't great records, but they are separated by 1.0 games, with the Jazz up at the 8th seed, and the Suns at the 9th. Thankfully, there are a number of differences between these two teams. The Jazz are at home, where they are 54-31 against the Suns. The Suns are completely healthy, while the Jazz are not. And Utah had the night off last night, but Phoenix did not. All in all, it should be a good game at the Aunt Viv.

2015 2016 Fanbase Map Phoenix Utah

Starters:

Player GS G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG PER USG% REB% AST% ORTG DRTG
1 Eric Bledsoe 28 28 35.2 21.8 4.1 6.4 2.1 0.7 22.1 27.8% 6.5% 30.9% 109 104
2 Brandon Knight 29 29 35.5 19.5 4.1 5.1 1.5 0.4 17.2 25.7% 6.4% 23.5% 104 107
11 Raul Neto 23 24 16.9 5.1 1.4 2.1 0.9 0.0 10.6 17.0% 4.8% 20.3% 97 106
2 Rodney Hood 24 24 29.5 11.8 2.6 2.7 1.0 0.2 12.1 20.2% 5.2% 15.5% 103 108

Their starting back court is really good compared to what the Jazz are forced to throw up there.

Player GS G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG PER USG% REB% AST% ORTG DRTG
3 P.J. Tucker 29 29 26.6 5.9 5.1 1.2 1.0 0.2 8.9 11.4% 10.6% 6.4% 101 106
4 Jon Leuer 13 29 20.7 8.8 5.8 1.3 0.7 0.3 16.7 17.9% 15.6% 9.9% 111 104
5 Tyson Chandler 18 20 23.3 4.9 7.8 0.5 0.7 0.7 11.1 10.6% 18.6% 2.6% 103 103
3 Gordon Hayward 25 25 35.2 18.7 4.9 3.1 1.1 0.2 18.0 24.5% 8.1% 15.7% 110 107
14 Trey Lyles 9 23 12.7 2.5 3.0 0.4 0.1 0.2 5.4 13.2% 13.8% 5.2% 86 108
4 Derrick Favors 24 24 32.6 16.8 8.6 1.5 1.6 1.1 24.2 22.7% 15.4% 9.0% 117 102

Utah may go with Lyles here, instead of Withey or whatever. (Or whatever . . . the new motto for the 2015-16 season) Phoenix isn't getting a lot of firepower from their starting bigs . . . but their bench bigs will give the team trouble.

Key bench:

Injuries / Absences:

GO JAZZ GO!

Poll

Who's going to win tonight?

This poll is closed

  • 10%
    Phoenix Suns
    (2 votes)
  • 90%
    Utah Jazz
    (18 votes)
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