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NBA odds preview - Rockets vs. Jazz

Having split their season series 1-1 both SU and ATS so far, the Houston Rockets and the Utah Jazz will break that tie on Monday night as they hit the hardwood for some NBA betting action.

The Jazz topped the Rockets 102-91 as a 6-point home favorite on the NBA odds in the first meeting of the season between the teams on November 19. The Rockets then turned the tables on December 1 with a 124-116 home victory as a 6.5-point betting favorite.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Jazz currently sports a record of 24-20, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 22-21-1 ATS. The Rockets are 24-22 and 23-22-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Jazz post a 21-22-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Rockets have gone 25-21 against the number.

View Houston vs Utah Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Jazz in this one found them as 3-point favorites earlier at Bovada, while the total had been sitting in the area of 209.5 at Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Jazz, currently No. 19 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Rockets, who rate No. 10 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 103-101 victory for the Rockets.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Utah's No. 11-ranked offense (98.5 PPG) against a Rockets defense that ranks No. 27 at 102.9 PPG. The Jazz have averaged 44.9% from the field per game, less than the Rockets have managed so far this season (45.4% on average).

Defensively, the Rockets feature the league's No. 23-rated defense on the road, giving up 102.1 points per game. Utah, meanwhile, comes in at No. 8 in the league in scoring at home.

In their last action, Houston was a 119-106 winner at home against the Nets. They covered the 4-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (225) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The Nets were burned for 29 points by James Harden on Saturday as the Rockets picked up a 119-106 win at Toyota Center.

The Jazz were a 114-110 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Pacers. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites, while the total score (224) made winners of OVER bettors. The Jazz got a 25-point performance from Al Jefferson as Utah ran past Indiana 114-110 on Saturday at EnergySolutions Arena.

Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Denver are 2-8
After playing Brooklyn are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

Utah Jazz Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing New Orleans are 6-4
After playing Indiana are 3-7
After a win are 5-5

A few Rockets at Jazz trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing Utah
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games when playing on the road against Utah
Utah is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Utah is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Utah's last 5 games when playing Houston
Utah is 18-5 SU in its last 23 games when playing at home against Houston

Next up:
Houston at Denver, Wednesday, January 30
Utah home to New Orleans, Wednesday, January 30