Jazz visit Rockets in hoops battle
Utah Jazz vs Houston Rockets Odds
Utah pays a visit to Houston on Saturday, hoping to send the Rockets to a loss while also covering the spread in NBA action at Toyota Center.
This season the Rockets are 7-8 overall and 7-7-1 ATS against the number, while the Jazz are 9-8 and 7-9-1 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Houston is 9-6 on the OU, and Utah is 8-8-1.
Those backing the visitors in this one found the Jazz listed as 4-point underdogs earlier at Bovada. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for this game was set at 204 at BetOnline but may have moved since opening.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Rockets at No. 7 and the Jazz at No. 13 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 101-100 result in favor of the Rockets.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Houston's No. 5-rated squad against Utah's No. 7-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Houston rates No. 2 in the league with 9.2 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 17 with 6.5 per outing.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Jazz own the league's No. 19-rated mark, allowing 100.8 points per game when playing on the road. Houston, on the other hand, rates No. 6 in scoring on their home court.
Utah lost its last outing, a 106-94 result against the Thunder on November 30. The Jazz failed to cover in that game as a 9.5-point underdog, while the 200 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Jazz got 18 points from Enes Kanter, but it was Oklahoma City that prevailed in a 106-94 final on Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Rockets were a 120-98 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Thunder. They failed to cover the 10.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (218) made winners of OVER bettors. Houston was run off the court by the Thunder on Wednesday as Oklahoma City blasted them 120-98 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Utah Jazz Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing LA Clippers are 6-4
After playing Oklahoma City are 7-3
After a loss are 4-6
Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing LA Lakers are 3-7
After playing Oklahoma City are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5
A few Jazz at Rockets trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Utah's last 8 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Utah's last 6 games when playing on the road against Houston
Utah is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Utah is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston's last 8 games when playing Utah
Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games when playing at home against Utah
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games at home
Utah home to LA Clippers, Monday, December 3
Houston home to LA Lakers, Tuesday, December 4