Rockets at Jazz 12/6/18 - NBA Picks & Predictions
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Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz
NBA: 10:30 PM EST
Dec. 06, 2018
Latest Odds : UTA -2 Total 217
In the second game of a Thursday night NBA on TNT doubleheader, the Houston Rockets will visit the Utah Jazz.
The Rockets were a game away from reaching the NBA Finals last season and are just a game below .500 overall through their first 23 games. On Monday, Houston blew an 18-point third quarter lead at Minnesota and went on to lose by a 103-91 final score. The Rockets were out-rebounded by a 56-43 margin and turned the ball over 20 times on the night.
James Harden led all scorers with 29 points on 8-for-17 shooting and dished out eight assists. Clint Capela added 24 points and eight rebounds in a losing effort for the Rockets.
The Utah Jazz also enter this matchup at a game below .500 overall and rank seventh in scoring defense. On Tuesday, Utah exploded for 76 points during the second half of a 139-105 home victory versus San Antonio. The Jazz knocked down 20 of their 33 three-point attempts and won the battle on the boards by a 48-35 margin.
All five Utah starters scored in double figures and were led by Donovan Mitchell with 20 points on 7-for-13 from the field. Rudy Gobert contributed 18 points and ten rebounds for the Jazz.
Recent Betting Trends:
Rockets are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Jazz are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
Over is 8-1 in Rockets last 9 overall.
Over is 7-0 in Jazz last 7 home games.
Rockets are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Utah.
Free Betting Pick: Houston Rockets +2
Houston G Brandon Knight (knee) went through a full practice and will give a huge boost to a Houston squad in desperate need of depth. The Rockets rank seventh in the league in offensive efficiency and are improving on defense. Take Houston to score a road victory on Thursday night. Final Score Prediction, Houston Rockets win outright as underdog but grab the points just in case 111-106.