The Utah Jazz (0-2) will be at home in Vivint Smart Home Arena when they square off with the Houston Rockets (2-0) in game three of the First Round of the Western Conference Playoffs. Utah is a 2.5-point favorite on the opening line, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 215.5 points. Action gets underway at 10:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 20, 2019, and it can be seen on ESPN.
Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz Betting Preview
In game two, these two teams combined to put up 216 points, hitting the projected point total. The Rockets won 118-98, covering as 6.5-point favorites. Houston did an excellent job of getting to and converting from the free throw line (25-30; 83.3 percent). Utah, on the other hand, had a much better turnover percentage (10.2 vs. 16.2). Harden played a huge role in the victory, recording a a triple-double with 32 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.
The physical Utah offense might be getting to the foul line a lot in this showdown. The Jazz rank fourth in the league with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.217, while Houston ranks 25th in FTA rate allowed (0.210). Furthermore, the Rockets rank second in offensive efficiency (113.4), while the Jazz rank second in defensive efficiency (104.0).
Of Houston’s 84 games, 41 have finished under the O/U total, while 42 of Utah’s 84 games have finished under the projected point total. Both teams have very similar records straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS). The Rockets are 55-29 SU and 42-39-3 ATS, while the Jazz are 50-34 SU and 44-38-2 ATS.
Rockets at Jazz Betting Prediction
Free Pick: SU Winner – Rockets, ATS Winner – Rockets, O/U – Under
Utah ranks 11th in points in the paint per game (49.8) while Houston ranks last (42.3).
Utah ranks third in second chance points allowed per game (11.3) while Houston ranks 17th (13.6).
The Jazz rank second in fast break points allowed per game (11.5) while the Rockets rank 15th (13.9).
Houston is 17-23-1 ATS on the road, while Utah is 21-19-1 ATS at home.
Utah is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 pushes in its last five games.
Over its last five outings, Houston is 4-1 ATS with 3 pushes, 1 under and 1 over.
The Jazz have been outscored by an average of 10.4 points in their last five games. For the season, Utah has defeated opponents by an average of 4.5 points.
During their last five games, the Rockets have scored an average of 124.0 points per game (9.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 101.8 points per game (7.0 below their season average).