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NBA Betting Free Picks For Thursday: The Sun Also Rises – SportsUntapped.com
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Added March 4th, 2010 by David Glisan

NBA Betting Free Picks For Thursday:  The Sun Also Rises
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Sportsbooks are offering a short slate of NBA betting action for Thursday, but we’ll take a look at a Western Conference matchup between the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns. The Jazz are currently in 4th place in the West with the Suns right behind them by 1/2 game in 5th. Both teams have been playing well since the All Star Break, and Utah won the only previous meeting of the year in late January in Salt Lake City.

UTAH JAZZ VS. PHOENIX SUNS

At one point, it would be a simple concept to play against the Jazz on the road particularly when they’re facing a good home time like Phoenix.  The Suns are 23-7 SU at home this year, which translates into a 17-12 ATS mark.  This season, however, Utah has been decent on the road for the first time in memory.  The Jazz are 14-14 away from the Energy Solutions Arena and their ATS mark is even better at 16-11.  They’re 11-6 ATS as an underdog and 4-1 ATS as a road dog of 3 or less.  They’re a very impressive 20-9 against the number when facing a team with a winning record.  One of their few losing pointspread categories has been against the Pacific Division, where they’re 5-6 ATS. They’ve slumped somewhat of late, losing 3 of 5 both straight up and against the pointspread.

Phoenix has been money in the bank lately, winning 13 of their L16 straight up and posting a 14-2 ATS mark.  Utah is heading into a stretch where they play 5 of their next 6 on the road and they’ll need to pick up the pace if they’re going to maintain their position in the top half of the Western Conference table.  Utah has done very well as a sports betting investment in Phoenix, covering 17 of the last 25 meetings.  The Suns have won 3 of the last 4 straight up, however, and at this price that’s really all they need to do.  We look for Phoenix to win this game and they should be able to do it by more than the short price here.  The Suns did play last night, though they had no trouble at all beating the Clippers in L.A.  This is the first game of a six game homestand and we like them to get it started on a winning note.

PLAY PHOENIX -1 OVER UTAH

 
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