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Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz 5/8/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Utah Jazz are hosting the Houston Rockets at the Vivint Arena in Utah on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at 10:00 ET in a game where the best and the worse squads currently in the NBA face off. The Jazz have the best record in the league and have three consecutive wins. On the other hand, the Rockets are last in the NBA and have won only once in their previous nine matches. 

The Jazz have a 48-18 record and are 38-28 against the spread and 30-35-1 in over/under. They are coming off a home victory against the Spurs with a 126-94 score. They shot with 56% from the field and were led in scoring by Jordan Clarkson with 30 points off the bench. He also missed four of his sixteen shots and added 6 rebounds and 4 assists. 

Donovan Mitchell leads the team in scoring with 26.4 ppg, adding 4.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game but he is still out with an injury. Clarkson adds 17.5 ppg and 4 rebounds per game off the bench.  

Jazz have the third-best offense in the league with 116.5 ppg and the third-best defense with 107 ppg. They have a 46.9% field goal percentage and the fourth-best 3-point percentage with 39%. Under is 6-3 in their previous nine matches. 

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Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz Predictions 5/8/2021

The Rockets have a 16-50 record and are 22-44 against the spread and 29-36-1 in over/under. They are coming off a home defeat against the 76ers with a 115-135 score. They used only seven players due to injuries and five of them were in double digit scoring, led by Kevin Martin Jr with 23 points. He also added 10 rebounds and 6 assists. 

Christian Wood leads the team both in scoring with 21 ppg and in rebounding with 9.6 per game. John Wall adds 20.6 ppg and a team-best 6.9 per game and both are out with injuries.

Rockets have the fourth-worse defense in the NBA with 115.7 ppg, while scoring 107.8 ppg offensively. They have the third-worse field goal percentage with 44.1% and the worse 3-point percentage with 33.4%. They are 1-4 against the spread in their previous five matches. Over is 3-1 in their previous four matches. 

Utah has won both previous matchups against Houston earlier this year. At home with a 114-99 score and on the road with 89-112. Under is 7-1 in their previous eight matchups. The Jazz are 29-4 at home, while the Rockets are 8-23 on the road. Rockets cannot beat the odds even if the books give them huge handicaps, so pick the Jazz in this one.   

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Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz 5/8/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Time: 10:00 ET 

Location: Vivint Arena in Utah, UT

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021


NBA Odds/Point Spread: Utah Jazz -14.5

NBA Totals: 226.5

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