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Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz Prediction & Preview

Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz 2018-12-18 NBA,

#537 Utah
Jazz 212.5
#538 Houston
Rockets -4.5
Monday, December 17, 2018 at 8:05pm
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A pair of Western Conference teams looking to move up the standings in the crowded playoff picture take the floor in the Lone Star State. The Utah Jazz continue a road swing with a stop to face the Houston Rockets Monday night. Utah fell 96-89 to Orlando in a game that took place in Mexico City Saturday night. Houston defeated Memphis 105-97 on the road in their last game Saturday night. The Jazz leads the all-time regular season series 105-94 and took both meetings so far this season. That includes a 118-91 home win in the last matchup on December 6.

Utah Jazz Look for Third Win vs. Rockets This Season

Utah lost for the third time in four games as they were unable to come up with the plays in the fourth quarter of a low scoring game. The Jazz look to regroup on the road here as they face a Houston team they beat twice already this season. Utah led by two at the half, by as many as 11 in the third quarter and by four after three quarters before getting outscored 41-30 in the fourth. The Jazz shot just 31.5 percent from the field and went seven of 29 from beyond the arc in the contest. The cold shooting negated that they forced 22 Orlando turnovers: Donovan Mitchell had 24 points to lead Utah in the loss. The Jazz are 8-11 ATS on the road this season while the under is 10-9 in those games.
The Jazz enter this contest 24th in the league in scoring offense with 106.8 points per game. Utah is in the lower half of the pack, ranking 24th in the league in rebounding with 43.1 boards per game. The Jazz is 14th in the league in assists with 24.3 per contest. Utah currently is 6th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 106.6 points per game. Donovan Mitchell leads the Jazz with 20.9 points a game so far this season. Joe Ingles (12 points), Rudy Gobert (14.3 points, 12.3 boards, 1.93 blocks) and Jae Crowder (11.9 points, 4.6 rebounds) are all off to solid starts. Derrick Favors (11.2 points, 7.1 rebounds), Dante Exum, Kyle Korver, Ricky Rubio (12.9 points, 6.1 assists), Royce O’Neale, Ekpe Udoh and rookie Grayson Allen are all important parts of coach Quin Snyder’s rotation. Utah is 13th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 46.2 percent from the floor. The Jazz are 18th in the league in threes per game as they knock down 10.6 triples a night. Utah is 25th in the league in three point shooting as they knock down 33.5 percent from beyond the a

Houston Rockets Seek Fourth Straight Win

Houston picked up their third straight win and returned to the .500 mark on the season as they took care of business against the Grizzlies on the road. The Rockets try to make it four straight wins and to get over .500 as they return home here. Houston led by seven after the opening quarter and extended their edge to 21 at the half. The Rockets didn’t let the Grizzlies closer than six the rest of the way and that came in the final minute of play. Houston shot 47.9 percent from the field, including 13 of 37 from three point range, in the victory. James Harden led the Rockets with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the win. Houston is 6-6 ATS at home this season while the over is 8-4 in those contests.
The Rockets are struggling offensively so far this season: they are 20th in the league with 108.9 points per game. Houston is 27th in rebounding with 40.9 boards per game and 27th with 21.3 assists a night. The Rockets are 12th in scoring defense as they allow 109.1 points per game. James Harden leads the team with 30.9 points per game while grabbing 5.8 boards and dishing out 8.3 assists a night. Eric Gordon puts up 15.1 points per contest while Clint Capela averages 17.7 points plus 11.6 rebounds and two blocks a night. PJ Tucker, Nene Hilario, Gerald Green, Danuel House Jr., James Ennis III, Michael Carter-Williams and Chris Paul (16 points, 8.1 assists, 2.09 steals) are key pieces in the rotation as well. Gary Clark is soaking up the majority of the minutes that were going to the departed Carmelo Anthony. The Rockets are tied for 20th in the league in field goal percentage, shooting 45.1 percent as a team. Houston is 2nd in the league with 14 threes a night while the team is 24th by shooting 34 percent from long range this season.

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