The Utah Jazz will host the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday at Vivint Smart Home Arena.
After 10 straight victories, the Jazz (29-28) are back over .500 and have officially established themselves as the NBA's hottest team. They've also amazingly crept back into the playoff race in the Western Conference, sitting just 1.5 games behind the Pelicans for that eighth and final playoff spot. While Utah has seen an increase in offensive output over the course of this streak, it's really been about their signature stout defense, as they've held opponents under 100 points in eight of the 10 games. And while rookie sensation Donovan Mitchell has been the catalyst behind the Jazz's offense, especially with Ricky Rubio out for the last two games with a hip injury, swingman Joe Ingles' hot shooting has also served as a major boost during this streak, as he is shooting a scorching 57 percent from behind the arc and is averaging 16.2 points per game.
The Suns (18-40), on the other hand, are trending in the exact opposite direction, as they have lost six games in a row and 11 of their last 12. And as of late, the losses have been ugly ones. Over the course of this six-game skid, Phoenix has lost most recently to the Warriors by 46, the Spurs by 48, the Lakers by 19 and the Jazz at home by 32, which doesn't necessarily bode well for Wednesday's rematch in Utah. For the last four games, the Suns have been without their star player Devin Booker, who continues to nurse a hip injury, and their offensive output has taken a major hit as a result, with the team scoring just 92.5 points per game without Booker, which includes two games where Phoenix failed to score more than 83 points.