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(7-6) Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets (7-5)
The Utah Jazz came away on the losing end of a tough loss to the Chicago Bulls (final score 85-77.)
While the Houston Rocket got themselves there seventh win of the season, after beating the Portland Trail Blazers 126-109.
The Utah Jazz kept close with the Chicago Bulls for much of the game as it was a real back and forth affair.
But a huge third quarter from Chicago sent the Utah Jazz into a downwards spiral; because it was a deficit the team just couldn’t recover from.
They outplayed the Bulls in the final quarter, but it wasn’t enough as the hole they’d dug themselves into was just too much to overcome. It also didn’t help that Utah just couldn’t score.
They only shot 38.5% from the field, and an atrocious 20% from deep.
A lot of that of that had to do with Chicago’s defensive efforts.
Jimmy Butler and Dwayne Wade held Rodney Hood and Gordon Hayward in check all night. Hayward scored only 8 points, shooting just 3-15 from the field. While Rodney Hood scored 12 points, shooting 5-16 from the field.
That’s not going to win the team many games. Utah need their stars to perform and that means Rodney Hood and Gordon Hayward have got to do just that. They’re the two focal points in the Utah Jazz offense, so they’ve got to produce on a nightly basis in order for the team to be successful.
However, the good thing is though; they’re going to be playing a team that gives up a lot of baskets. So that means the Jazz guards have got to get easy buckets in transition, because the teams going to get their usual defensive stops. Now it’s about capitalizing on that, and scoring easy fastbreak points.
The Houston Rockets came away with an impressive victory in their last game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Portland had no answer to stopping James Harden all night, an because of that Houston continued scoring at will.
It also didn’t help that Portland just couldn’t stop the Houston Rockets from scoring three-pointers, as Houston made 14 threes on the night, while shooting a staggering 43.8 percent from deep.
That was a key turning point in the game, because Portland had trouble containing the Rockets three-point shooting and scoring in the paint. Those are two of the main things you need to stop, in order to come out victorious against the Houston Rockets.
But Portland just didn’t do that.
Now in their next matchup with Utah, Houston hopes to do the exact same thing. The Jazz have a nice interior defensive unit, but they wont be able to stop James Harden (nobody can.)
They can try preventing him from getting easy buckets at the free-throw line, but he’s still going to continue attacking the basket, while trying to find open shooters on the perimeter.
That’s just what Houston does. So don’t expect that to change this game. Utah is a challenge to score against, but Houston just has so many three-point weapons.
Whether it’s Harden, Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon or even Trevor Ariza. The Houston Rockets have a lot of shooters, so look for that to be a massive advantage for Houston.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Jazz are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games
- Jazz are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 Saturday games
- Rockets are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game
- Rockets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600
- Rockets are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 Saturday games
Free Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
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4* Free NBA Betting Pick:
The Utah Jazz have a stingy defensive unit that Houston is going to have trouble scoring on.
The Rockets like shooting three-pointers and scoring layups. But Utah isn’t going to allow easy baskets inside, meaning Houston has got to shoot red hot from behind the arc, in order to pull out this win.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Utah 100 – Houston 98
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