Friday’s NBA schedule will be highlighted by a colossal showdown for the top seed in the Western Conference as the Utah Jazz (45-17) heads down to the desert to face the Phoenix Suns (44-18).
The rising Suns have won seven of their last 10 games are are finally starting to get the recognition as the surprise team of the league this year. Meanwhile, the Jazz have held their hold on the top spot of the Western Conference in spite of injuries to Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley and are coming off an absurd 154 point effort against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. So how will this battle of West titans shake out? Let’s go over the best bets at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Pick ATS: Suns -4.5
The ATS numbers favors Phoenix here as the Suns are 23-12-1 ATS with one day off this season, the best in the NBA. Chris Paul, Devin Booker, and company have stood tall against elite competition in recent weeks, owning close victories over Milwaukee, Philadelphia, New York, and the L.A. Clippers.
It would’ve been tempting to go with the Jazz to cover here but the absence of Conley from the lineup due to an aggravated hamstring will play a huge factor. Considering the Suns have taken the previous two matchups against Utah this season, they’ll have the confidence to go for the sweep tonight.
Player Prop: Jordan Clarkson O22.5 points
Clarkson is averaging 17.5 points a game on 42 percent shooting and is a top candidate for Sixth Man of the Year this season. He put up 23 against Sacramento on Wednesday and is averaging 20.3 over his last six outings. With Conley out expect the veteran to continue to pile onto his career year as the Jazz try to go tit-for-tat with Phoenix.
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