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Jazz open as NBA underdog vs Rockets

Houston RocketsUtah Jazz
2-0November 02, 2013, 09:00 | EnergySolutions Arena0-2



Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Houston when they hit take on the Jazz on Saturday in pro hoops betting action.

The Rockets will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 1-0-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Jazz are 1-0-1 ATS. Houston is 1-1 against the total, while Utah is 1-1 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Jazz installed as 4.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 199.5.

The Jazz - Rockets odds would favor the Rockets if the lines were set according to power ranks. Utah is rated No. 11 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Rockets sit at No. 8. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 98-86 win for the Rockets.

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The Rockets were a 113-105 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Mavericks. They covered the 6.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (218) made winners of OVER bettors. James Harden went off for 34 points and added 4 rebounds leading Houston to a 113-105 win over Dallas on Friday at Toyota Center.

Utah lost its last outing, an 87-84 result against the Suns on November 1. The Jazz earned a push in that game as a 3-point underdog, while the 171 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Enes Kanter poured in 20 points and chipped in with 12 rebounds in a losing cause for Utah on Friday, as the Suns rolled to an 87-84 victory over Utah at US Airways Center.

Next up:
Houston at Los Angeles, Monday, November 4th
Utah at New Jersey, Tuesday, November 5th

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