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Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz Predictions

It just got interesting. The Jazz lost the first game but returned the favor in Game 2 by winning 116-108. The series goes to Utah for the next two games where the Rockets will try to gain the lead. Keep reading to get the Rockets vs Jazz predictions.

Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz

When: May 04, 2018, 10:30 PM ET
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena
Spread: Rockets -4.5
Over/Under: 209.5
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Betting on the Rockets

Though James Harden scored a team-high 32 points, it wasn’t enough to prevent a loss. Harden went 9-for-22 from the field but only score 2 of 10 from the distance.

But, it wasn’t only Harden who was off his three-point shot; as a team, the Rockets on hit 10 of 37 (27 percent) from beyond the arc.

The Rockets will need more from players like Trevor Ariza and Eric Gordon if they’re to escape Utah with some wins. Gordon scored just 15 points on 5-of-16 from the field while Ariza finished with just five points and didn’t add anything when he was on the floor.

Houston, however, leads all playoff teams with 14.6 3-pointers per game on 35.7 percent success rate so expect them to open up the spigots from three point land in Salt Lake City this Friday.

They must improve on defense though as the Rockets allowed the Jazz to shoot 51.8 percent from the floor, including 46.9 percent from beyond the arc.

Especially if it comes down to a shootout, Game 2 was an example of how the Rockets are liable to let things get out of hand by not defending better.

Betting on the Jazz

The Jazz now have home court advantage after snatching away a win from the Rockets at Houston.

Utah has dominated at home as of late; in their last seven at Vivint Smart Home Arena, the Jazz are 7-0 SU which bodes well for the Jazz.

The Jazz refuses to give up, even with Donovan Mitchell struggling in Game 2 they managed to pull through with a win.

This was largely in part to Joe Ingles who had a career night, putting up 27 points and seven 3-pointers.

The Jazz turned the tables on the Rockets in the second game, going 15 for 32 from beyond the arc on 46.9 shooting.

They also played much better defense holding the Rockets to only 110 points, which made a significant difference to the game’s outcome.

Even when the Rockets started to cut down the Jazz’ 19-point lead, Utah kept it together and stopped the Rockets’ momentum cold.

If the Jazz continues to play like this, expect a surprise upset this night in Utah.

Rockets vs Jazz Game 3 Betting Trends

  • Houston is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Houston is 19-5 SU in its last 24 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
  • Utah is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games
  • Utah is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Utah is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Game Prediction:  Utah has the upper hand, but the Rockets are the better team. Can the Jazz shock the Rockets? I don’t think so; notch one win for Houston tonight. 

 
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