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Jazz at Rockets - 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 -9 -- Over/Under: 198.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT

The Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets square off Thursday night at the Toyota Center.

The Utah Jazz look for some consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 96.8 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 96.9 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 18.8 points and 5.2 rebounds while Alec Burks is averaging 14.3 points and 2.1 assists. Rodney Hood is dishing 2.6 assists and Trevor Booker is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The Jazz are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14 turnovers per game. The Utah Jazz have lost six straight road games.

Jazz at Rockets - 1/7/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Rockets need a victory after losing five of their last seven games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 103.9 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 105.8 points on 46.4 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 28.1 points and 6.7 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 13.9 points and 11.7 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is grabbing 4.9 rebounds and Patrick Beverley is dishing 2.4 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 71.5 percent from the free throw line. The Rockets are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 15.6 turnovers per game. The Houston Rockets have won seven of their last 10 home games. Donatas Motiejunas, Ty Lawson and Marcus Thornton are questionable.

The Jazz are 10-2-1 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Rockets are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 2 days rest and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Jazz are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Houston.

I don't trust the Rockets and big chalk, especially when they're banged up the way they are. Utah plays solid defense and seems to hang around in most of its games. Give me the points. 

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Utah Jazz +9

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