NBA Playoffs Betting Preview: Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz – Saturday, April 20, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah
When: Saturday April 20th at 10:30 PM ET
Spread: Utah -2.5
BetDSI has the Utah Jazz listed as 2.5 point favorites over the Houston Rockets. The Utah Jazz enter this game with a record of 50-34 and have lost four of their last five games including the first two games of the series on the road.
The Houston Rockets enter this game with a record of 55-29 and have won four of their last five games including games one and two of the series. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Houston Rockets.
The Rockets are 55-29 overall and 42-39-3 ATS. The Houston Rockets have started to heat up and they have a good chance of making it to the second round of the playoffs in what could decide the Western Conference against the Golden State Warriors. Houston is 42-39-3 ATS overall, 28-24-2 ATS after a win, 17-23-1 ATS on the road and 10-8 ATS as an underdog.
James Harden leads the team in scoring and assists with 61 points and 20 assists. Clint Capela leads the team in rebounds and blocks with 22 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Houston is averaging 114.06 points per game which ranks 9th in the NBA. They are averaging 10.14 offensive rebounds per game which ranks 15th in the NBA. They are averaging 21.23 assists per game which ranks 28th in the NBA.
The Rockets are allowing 108.77 points per game which ranks 10th in the NBA. They are averaging 31.93 defensive rebounds per game which ranks 29th in the NBA. They are averaging 8.52 steals per game which ranks 4th in the NBA.
The Jazz are 50-34 overall and 44-38-2 ATS. This is a must win for the Utah Jazz because if they fall to a 0-3 deficit it would be too big of a deficit for them to come back from. Utah is 44-38-2 ATS overall, 21-11-1 ATS after a loss, 21-19-1 ATS at home and 33-30-1 ATS as a favorite.
Rudy Gobert leads the team in scoring and rebounds with 33 points and 24 rebounds. Ricky Rubio leads the team in assists with 15. Joe Ingles leads the team in steals with 7. Derrick Favors leads the team in blocks with 4. Utah is averaging 111.30 points per game which ranks 18th in the NBA.
They are averaging 10 offensive rebounds per game which ranks 18th in the NBA. They are averaging 25.92 assists per game which ranks 8th in the NBA.
The Jazz are allowing 106.79 points per game which ranks 6th in the NBA. They are averaging 36.3 defensive rebounds per game which ranks 5th in the NBA. They are averaging 8.13 steals per game which ranks 12th in the NBA.
Utah gets the win and cover
Houston is playing like a team on a mission and is likely on a collision course with the Warriors in the 2nd round, but I wouldn’t count Utah out yet. Houston is 5-4-1 ATS in their last ten match-ups with Utah while outscoring the Jazz by an average of 108 to 99.8 in those games.
The Rockets are 3-0 ATS in their last three meetings with the Jazz while outscoring Utah by an average of 121.67 to 95.33 in those contests. I look for those trends to change with a Jazz win at home over the Rockets. Make sure to bet this match-up on BetDSI.