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Jazz vs Rockets NBA Game Preview

Utah JazzHouston Rockets
22-45March 17, 2014, 08:00 | Toyota Center44-22

Houston looks to cover the Rockets-Jazz pointspread on Monday and improve its overall 44-22 mark when they host Utah in NBA action.

Houston battles the Jazz, currently with a 22-45 mark (31-34-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 31-33-2 for the Rockets and 30-37 for the Jazz. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). View Utah Jazz vs Houston Rockets Odds and Stats.

Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Rockets as -13-point Favorite in this matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting around 204 earlier at GTbets.eu.

According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 8-rated Rockets and the No. 25-rated Jazz in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 97-88 win for the Rockets on Monday.

Utah was a 122-104 loser in its last match on the road against the Spurs. They failed to cover the 15-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 226 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Utah got 28 points and 10 rebounds from Derrick Favors in a losing cause in a 122-104 loss to San Antonio on Sunday at AT&T Center.

Houston lost its last outing, a 113-104 result against the Heat on March 16. The Rockets failed to cover in that game as a 5-point underdog, while the 217 combined points took the game OVER the total. Houston got 30 points from James Harden en route to a 113-104 loss at the hands of Houston on Sunday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Houston's No. 3-ranked offense (106.14 PPG) against a Jazz defense that ranks No. 15 at 101.1 PPG. The Rockets have averaged 47.31% from the field per game, more than the Jazz have managed so far this season (44.33% on average).

Next up:
Utah at Memphis, Wednesday, March 19th
Houston home to Minnesota, Thursday, March 20th