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Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz 4/20/2019 Picks Predictions Previews

Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz 4/20/2019 Picks Predictions Previews
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The Rockets won its first two matches in the Western Conference quarterfinal rounds against Utah at Toyota Center in Houston. Houston beat the Jazz at a score of 118-98 in its last match Wednesday night. Game 3 will be in Utah at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday evening. Houston proved to the hoops world that point making is not the only way to win matches but triangulating in defense is a key to win that coveted NBA ring. PG James Harden of the Rockets once again delivered a sterling performance with his triple-double at 32 points, 13 rebounds off the glass and 10 assists to route the Jazz Wednesday night. PG Chris Paul dropped in 17 points and four rebounds while PF Clint Capela made 7 points and 10 boards off the rim for the Rockets.

Houston has all systems go with 113.9 ppg at 44.9% from the field while limiting the Jazz to score at 94.0 ppg. The Rockets grabbed 42.1 rebounds, 21.2 assists, 4.9 blocks, and 8.5 steals per match. Harden leads the Rockets scorers with 36.1 ppg, 44.2% in FG shooting, and 87.9% from the free throw mark. The team is 8-2 SU in its last 10 matches and 7 out of its 10 games on the road went under the totals. Houston is 4th seed in the Western Conference and has a 55-29 win/loss count.

Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz Predictions 4/20/2019

Utah is seeking to stay in contention by winning a game after qualifying in the playoffs. The Jazz has an average of 94 points per game in its first two matches in the quarterfinals. Utah has to make adjustments from the suffocating defense the Rockets employed or else face a sweep in the first rounds in the best of seven series in the West. In its last loss, PG Ricky Rubio and SF Royce O’Neal delivered 17 points each followed by PF Derrick Favors with 14 and 12 rebounds while Center Rudy Gobert made 11 points and 12 boards. Utah shot 39.8% from the field with only 8 hits out of 38 attempts from the 3-point range.

Utah must win this match to avoid strangulation from deep down three losses. The Jazz fight with 111.7 ppg at 46.8% from the field while allowing the Rockets to dump in 120.0 ppg. The Jazz  pulled 46.4 rebounds, 26.0 assists, 5.9 blocks, and 8.1 steals per match. PG Donovan Mitchell is the leading point generator of the Jazz with 23.8 ppg, 43.2% in FG shooting, and 80.6% from the charity stripe. The team is 6-4 SU in its last 10 matches and 4 out of the 5 encounters with the Rockets went under the totals. The Jazz is 5th seed in the West with a 50-34 win/loss cap in the League.

Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz. The NBA Playoff Pick for this match is the Rockets -3.5. PG Dante Exum of the Jazz will be on the sidelines with a knee injury. The Jazz is second in defense in the League and is ahead in the rebounding department from the Rockets. But with the improved defense that Houston applied to the Jazz in the past 2 matches, the Rockets are predicted to win over the Rockets at a score of 118-110 and cover ATS.

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Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz 4/20/2019 Picks Predictions Previews

NBA Starting Time: 10:30 PM EST

Location: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah

Date: April 20, 2019


NBA Odds: Utah Jazz -3.5

NBA Totals Odds: 216.5

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