NBA Betting Preview: Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz – Thursday, Dec. 5, 2018
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah
When: Thursday, December 6th at 10:30 PM ET
Spread: Utah -2
The Utah Jazz enters this game with a record of 12-13 and are coming off a win on Tuesday night against the San Antonio Spurs by a score of 139-105.
The Houston Rockets enter this game with a record of 11-12 and are coming off a loss on the road against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night by a score of 91-103.
Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Houston Rockets.
The Rockets are 11-12 overall and 9-14 ATS. The Houston Rockets entered the season as one of the favorites in the Western Conference but have gotten off to a slow start this season and currently rank 13th in the conference. Houston is 9-14 ATS overall, 4-7 ATS after a loss, 5-8 ATS on the road and 2-2 ATS as an underdog.
James Harden leads the team in points, assists and steals with 611 points, 173 assists and 45 steals. Clint Capela leads the team in rebounds and blocks with 271 rebounds and 50 blocks.
Houston is averaging 109.22 points per game which ranks 18th in the NBA. They are averaging 10.83 offensive rebounds per game which ranks 11th in the NBA. They are averaging 21.48 assists per game which ranks 26th in the NBA.
The Rockets are allowing 109.48 points per game which ranks 12th in the NBA. They are averaging 30.17 defensive rebounds per game which ranks 30th in the NBA. They are averaging 8.3 steals per game which ranks 11th in the NBA.
The Jazz are 12-13 overall and 12-13 ATS. The Utah Jazz has also been a disappointment in the early part of the season as many thought they would be a sleeper in the Western Conference, but currently, have the 11th best record in the conference and wouldn’t make the playoffs if the season ended today. Utah is 12-13 ATS overall, 6-5 ATS after a win, 4-5 ATS at home and 8-10 ATS as a favorite.
Donovan Mitchell leads the team in points with 447. Ricky Rubio leads the team in assists with 160. Rudy Gobert leads the team in rebounds and blocks with 321 rebounds and 53 blocks. Joe Ingles leads the team in steals with 43.
Utah is averaging 107 points per game which ranks 24th in the NBA. They are averaging 9.08 offensive rebounds per game which ranks 25th in the NBA. They are averaging 24.12 assists per game which ranks 13th in the NBA.
The Jazz are allowing 107.84 points per game which ranks 7th in the NBA. They are averaging 33.64 defensive rebounds per game which ranks 20th in the NBA. They are averaging 8.68 steals per game which ranks 6th in the NBA.
Utah gets the win at home
Even though both of these teams have been disappointing to start the season Utah has played better. They have the 7th best scoring defense and average the 6th most steals in the NBA this season. They are 6-5 ATS after a win while Houston is 4-7 ATS after a loss. I look for Utah to get the win and cover at home against the Rockets in this game. Make sure to bet this match-up on BookMaker.