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Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz - 1/7/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Utah Jazz (15-18) at Houston Rockets (17-19)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)

The Line: Houston Rockets -8.5 -- Over/Under: 196.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Utah Jazz invade the Toyota Center to take on the Houston Rockets tonight.

The Jazz will be eager to avoid a third straight loss after getting thumped by the Spurs in a 123-98 rout last night. Trey Burke led the team with 21 points in just 24 minutes off the bench, Gordon Hayward added 18 points while Jeff Withey had 10 points, but no other player finished in double figures as the Jazz were just no match for the Spurs last night. With the loss, Utah falls to 15-19 on the season overall and 5-11 on the road where they've lost six straight.

Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz - 1/7/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Meanwhile, the Rockets had lost four straight before sneaking past the Jazz in a 93-91 win at Utah on Monday. James Harden led the way with 30 points and seven assists, Dwight Howard added 16 points and 13 rebounds while Trevor Ariza had 13 as the Rockets fought back from a 15-point deficit in the third quarter to beat the Jazz and improve to 17-19 on the season and 7-10 on the road.

In ATS trends, the Jazz are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games and 10-2-1 ATS in their last 13 games playing on zero days rest, while the Rockets are 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games and 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall.

Head to head, the Jazz are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Houston and the home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings.

The Jazz certainly didn't look too good in their loss to the Spurs last night so it's tough for me to go for anything but a Rockets win, especially coming off a lengthy rest.

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Houston -8.5

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