Houston Rockets at Utah Jazz Preview
The Houston Rockets travel to Salt Lake City to take on the Jazz Saturday night. Utah currently holds a 2-1 advantage in the season series with Houston. And with a Houston loss tonight, the Rockets will drop below Utah in the standings, placing them in seventh place in the Western Conference.
Houston was on the road last night in Denver where they lost 122-136. However, James Harden was able to extend his 30-point streak to 25 games by scoring exactly 30 points. Tonight, will mark Houston’s first game of their west coast road trip, as they travel to Phoenix and then Sacramento after a brief stop in Salt Lake.
The Jazz hosted Atlanta Friday night at home, and Rudy Gobert dominated on both ends of the floor with 25 points and 13 rebounds. That’s pretty good for a guy many are considering an All-Star snub. Utah hosting the Rockets will mark game two of the Jazz current four home games at Vivint.
Time: 9:00pm ET
Arena: Vivint Smart Home Arena , Salt Lake City, UT
Channel: ATRM, ATSW
Houston Rockets Starting Lineup
The Rockets have split their last ten games and are averaging 112.3 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Defensively, they have allowed 110.9 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Their star player James Harden is averaging 36.3 points and 8.1 assists while Eric Gordon is averaging 16.3 points and two assists. Chris Paul is the third double-digit scorer and Kenneth Faried has been their Clint Capela replacement in the paint with 9.8 rebounds.
If Capela was healthy, the Rockets would be finding it way less difficult to win games. Jahlil Okafor was able to prove proved, that semi-competent center play could be way too much for Houston’s big to handle, and Utah’s Rudy Gobert is way more than a semi-competent center. As far as shooting, The Rockets are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent from the free throw line, while allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.9 rebounds per game.
The Houston Rockets have lost four of their last six road games. If only Clint Capela was healthy, because right now the Rockets are finding out just how difficult it is to win games without him. Jahlil Okafor proved that just a semi-competent performance is enough to handle Houston’s gaping hole at center. And Rudy Gobert is way more than semi-competent.
Utah Jazz Starting Lineup
The Utah Jazz are looking for another home victory at Vivint after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Jazz are currently averaging 108.6 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 105.7 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Their leading scorer is Donovan Mitchell and he is averaging 22.5 points, and 3.9 assists. Reining NBA defensive player of the year, Rudy Gobert is averaging 15 points and an impressive 12.8 rebounds. Ricky Rubio is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is grabbing 4.6 rebounds for the Jazz.
Shooting wise, the Utah Jazz are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line, and allowing 36.4 percent from deep. and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won nine of their last 10 home games, and look to take advantage of a Rockets team that just played last night. Gobert’s presence will force James Harden to mostly settle for jumpers, and Harden will most likely be shooting at a high volume all night long.
Houston Rockets at Utah Jazz Betting Odds
Utah is favored by -7 at home and the over/under is 223.5 points. The money line has seen movement with the Jazz at -300 after opening at -290. Utah is 26-25-2 against the spread while the Rockets are 23-27-1.
The Jazz are 16-9 at home and 24-15 as the favorite, while Houston is 10-14 on the road and 6-7 as the underdog.
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