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(14-16) Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets (24-4)
Date: Monday, December 18
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, TX.
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -11.5
NBA Betting Total: OFF
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Utah got a much-needed win in Boston without Rudy Gobert, which was especially important considering the schedule the Jazz has ahead of it.
I wrote about Utah’s brutal schedule to end 2017. It lost in Cleveland after the win in Boston, without Derrick Favors, in addition to Gobert’s absence.
Gobert got hurt in the game before Boston. He’s going to be out for a month with a PLC strain. So the Jazz is back to where it was a couple of weeks ago when it was playing good ball without its starting center. But with no Favors, the chore gets a little tougher to manage.
He may be back for this game but if he isn’t Ekpe Udoh will start again, surrounded by four shooters in Utah’s small lineup. It’s similar to Houston’s, which surrounds Clint Capela with guys who can stretch the three-point arc. That combination of lineups has the making of an up-and-down game.
Houston won its 13th game in a row on Saturday with a narrow escape against the Bucks. James Harden is banged up but he played through knee pain to score 31 in that game. He’s got a hand problem too but is listed as probable for Monday.
Chris Paul stepped up with his backcourt mate less than 100 percent. Houston is 14–0 in games he plays, which breaks a record set by Dennis Rodman and the Chicago Bulls 20 years ago.
Clint Capela did sit out. He banged up his heel in the game prior and decided it was best to give it some rest. It doesn’t sound like a serious injury and he isn’t listed on the injury report, as of now. One would assume he is good to go for this game against whomever Utah has available at center.
Houston has lost exactly once since the calendars flipped to November and with home games from now until its Christmas showdown in OKC, the Rockets have a good chance to keep this winning streak going until then.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 20-6 in UTA last 26 vs. NBA Southwest.
- UTA are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
- Over is 8-3 in UTA last 11 road games.
- Head to Head: UTA are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Houston.
Free Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction: the Rockets win a high-scoring game.
The Jazz won’t beat Houston at its game, though it might try. Utah doesn’t really have another options other than going small and trying to play with Houston at the Toyota Center. It’s hard to see that going well for Quinn Synder’s team.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Spurs -11.5
NBA Free Score Prediction: Utah 108 – Houston 123
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