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Phoenix Suns (6-6) at Utah Jazz (4-8) Game Preview: The Rematch

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The Phoenix Suns (6-6) and Utah Jazz (4-8) meet tonight in Utah for the second straight game after the Suns defeated the Jazz 131-128 on Friday in an NBA In-Season Tournament Game. The Jazz look to avenge this loss after a game where almost no defense was played. Yuta Watanabe will be out for the Suns, joining Bradley Beal and Damion Lee, while Devin Booker had no injury designation for the first time this season.

Local Game Information

Start Time: 6 p.m. MST

Location: Delta Center

TV Channel: 3TV/AZ Family

Radio: Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, La Mejor 106.5 FM

Stream: Suns Live (click for more info) 

Betting Odds

Line: PHX -4.5

O/U: 238.5

Burn City Best Bets: Phoenix Suns vs Utah Jazz, 11/19/23

Injury Report

Phoenix Suns: Bradley Beal (low back strain) OUT | Jordan Goodwin (jaw contusion) AVAILABLE | Damion Lee (right meniscus surgery) OUT | Yuta Watanabe (left quad contusion) OUT

Utah Jazz: Walker Kessler (left elbow sprain) OUT

Starters (Projected)

Phoenix Suns: Devin Booker, Eric Gordon, Grayson Allen, Kevin Durant, Jusuf Nurkić

Utah Jazz: Keyonte George, Jordan Clarkson, Ochai Agbaji, Lauri Markkanen, John Collins

Last Time Out

The Phoenix Suns pulled out a 131-128 victory over the Utah Jazz Friday night. Kevin Durant and Devin Booker just made basketball look easy out there together for the second straight game. Durant hit a dagger three-pointer all net to seal the victory for Phoenix and finished with 38 points on 6-of-8 shooting from deep, nine rebounds and nine assists. Booker, who had a career-high 15 assists, elected to give the ball up to KD for the biggest shot of the night and he didn’t disappoint.  Booker had 24 points to go along with his assists as six Suns finished in double figures for the second straight game.

This game looked like it was going to be a blowout early for the Suns, but Jordan Clarkson went off for Utah, willing them back into the game several times and finishing with 37 points. Others like rookie Keyonte George also stepped up big for Utah. In total, both teams shot over 50% from the floor and combined for 150 points in the first half.

Flashback: Last Meeting (Nov. 17, 2023)

Suns Scrape by Jazz 131-128 after Kevin Durant Dagger

Team Matchup Notes

Here are some stats, notes and everything else to know about the Suns and Jazz before their third matchup of the year (via Suns)

Each team’s stats (via Suns and Jazz):

Five Keys to Game for Suns

  1. Sustain big leads
  2. Don’t allow easy drives defensively
  3. Let KD and Booker cook again
  4. Play the lineups that are working the best
  5. Continue to limit turnovers offensively, but get out more in transition on the other end

PREVIEW: Yuta Watanabe OUT

Bradley Beal Will Be Out for a Bit with His Back Injury

Kevin Durant and Devin Booker Showing Out in Last Two Games

Devin Booker Continues to Admire Kevin Durant

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Brendan Mau is a senior writer covering the Phoenix Suns and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @Brendan_Mau

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