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Looking for Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz free plays? NBA betting sees the Rockets taking on the Jazz on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
28-28 (12-15 V) Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz 27-28 (18-10 H)
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Time: 9:00 PM ET
Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Jazz -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 202
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The 8 seed is up for grabs in the West and this matchup is quite crucial for both teams.
Houston and Utah sit in the 8th and 9th spots, with just 2 games separating them.
It will likely be these two teams, along with Portland and Dallas for the final seeds in the conference.
Houston has grabbed 10 of the past 12 meetings and can really create some space for them with a win here as it would give them the tiebreaker over Utah.
Houston has certainly been one of the most underachieving teams in the NBA as they have sat around the .500 mark all season long. This team was projected to fight for a top spot in the West, but now search for just a playoff spot.
Houston started their trek to defend the 8th seed with a win over Phoenix, 116-100. The win was just their 3rd in 9 tries as this team has find no stability whatsoever.
While the win was against Phoenix, the defense still gave them something to build off. The Rockets forced 21 turnovers and held them to just 36% shooting from the field. It will take defensive efforts like this for Houston to hold onto a playoff spot down the final 3rd of the season.
Right there with Houston is this Jazz team. This game becomes so much more important as the tiebreaker could really come into play at the end of the season. With that, they simply cannot afford to lose here as it essentially could count as 2 losses, hypothetically, come the end of the season.
Utah took a step in the wrong direction on Sunday in a 115-111 loss to Portland.
The Jazz added Shelvin Mack to help provide some depth off the bench and he immediately played impact. Mack finished with 16 points and 6 assists on Sunday as he will certainly be asked to play a bigger role as the final 3rd of the season goes on.
PF Derrick Favors has continued his production since returning from injury as he has gone for 21 a game over the last 4. His presence has gotten the Jazz back into the race now the rest of the pieces need to fall into place along side of him.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Rockets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Rockets are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win.
- Rockets are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Northwest.
- Jazz are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games.
Free Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz NBA Prediction:
Both of these teams have had so many problems this season and it all comes back to finding that consistency.
With the Jazz knowing they need this game in terms of the tiebreaker, Utah with the homecourt advantage is the way to go here. Favors and company grab a huge win and continue to fight back toward the playoffs.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Utah Jazz -4.5
NBA Free Score Prediction: Utah 99- Houston 88
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