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(46-13) Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz (31-29)
Date: Monday February 26
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena , Utah
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 212
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On Monday February 26, the Houston Rockets arrive at the Vivint Smart Home Arena to face their host the Utah Jazz. Entering the game the Rockets are on the second night of a back to back having won 12 in a row.
The Jazz recently ended their 10 game win streak but won their last game vs. the Mavericks.
Last season the Jazz took two of the three games and this season the Rockets hold a 3-0 edge. The Jazz hold the all-time record having bested the Rockets in 103 of their 196 matches.
The best team in the NBA continues to roll with an 12-game win streak in tow. Denver gave the Rockets a battle, but in the closing moments of the game James Harden took over to ensure the win.
Harden continues to be the prohibitive favorite to win the MVP award. The trio of Harden, Chris Paul and Clint Capela has still lost just once (Pelicans) when all three play.
Trevor Ariza is finally back from injuring his hamstring and played in both games since the break. There was speculation Luc Mbah a Moute would remain in the starting rotation given the teams success with the forward and PJ Tucker particularly on defense.
But, Mike D’Antoni started Ariza while keeping Tucker in place of Ryan Anderson who is thriving off the bench.
Eric Gordon missed his second-consecutive game due to illness and remains questionable for the game in Utah.
Rookie Donovan Mitchell is leading his counterparts in scoring and giving Ben Simmons a true challenge for Rookie of the Year. The decision may come down to whether Mitchell and his Jazz can get into the post season.
If the Jazz can accomplish this goal it bodes well for Mitchell who is far more prevalent to the Jazz’ success. Utah remains in tenth place, two games back of the final playoff seed.
As Utah finishes the stretch run they do so with the knowledge they have the easiest schedule remaining of the top ten seeds.
After missing time due to a hip contusion Ricky Rubio returned to play vs. Dallas and is expected to suit up against the Rockets.
Raul Neto (ankle) missed the game vs. Dallas and isn’t expected to play against the Rockets on Monday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 13-6 in Rockets last 19 overall.
- Over is 21-7 in Jazz last 28 vs. NBA Southwest.
- Home team is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings.
- Rockets are 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head contests
- Jazz are 4-6 ATS in last 10 head to head matchups.
- Over – under is 8-2 in teams last 10 head to head meetings.
Free Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz NBA Prediction: Jazz +2.5
Tough call here, but the Jazz will serve up stifling defense and the Rockets played in Denver Sunday night. Houston may still get the win, but I’m leaning toward the game being decided by 2 points or less.
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The front court prowess and Jazz defense simply will be too much for Houston.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Jazz 103 – Rockets 101
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