Jazz vs. Rockets Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Rockets are listed as a 6.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is 203 points.
Utah has a 5-4 record following a 109-100 home loss to the Raptors. Houston comes in at 7-3 after a 119-104 victory at the Hawks. The Jazz won two of three meetings straight up and ATS last season. The total went over all three games.
In the loss to Toronto, Utah was led by Donovan Mitchell with 25 points and two steals off the bench. Rodney Hood had 17 points, while Rudy Gobert added 15 points and seven rebounds. The Jazz were outscored 58-48 in the second half.
The Rockets were paced by James Harden with 29 points and 11 assists in the win at Atlanta. Eric Gordon had 20 points, five assists and four steals. Luc Mbah a Moute scored 20 off the bench. Houston outscored the hosts 69-51 in the first half.
Utah is 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in Houston. The over is 5-1 in the last six meetings.
Utah can cause issues for any team with its style of play, but the Rockets have done a good job in recent meetings of minimizing it. Houston is playing very good basketball right now even without Chris Paul in the lineup and that shouldn't change here. Take the hosts in this game.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: HOUSTON ROCKETS -6.5