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Jazz vs. Rockets - 2/23/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets (28-28) at Utah Jazz (27-28)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)

The Line: Utah Jazz -4 -- Over/Under: 200.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Houston Rockets and Utah Jazz square off Tuesday night at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The Houston Rockets need a nice win after losing six of their last nine games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 105.2 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 106.7 points on 46.2 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 28 points and seven assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 14.6 points and 11.9 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is grabbing 4.7 rebounds and Patrick Beverley is dishing 2.7 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 70.2 percent from the free throw line. The Rockets are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.7 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have lost five of their last eight road games.

Jazz vs. Rockets - 2/23/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Utah Jazz look to keep rolling after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 98.1 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 96.8 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 19.9 points and 3.6 assists while Derrick Favors is averaging 16.7 points and 8.4 rebounds. Shelvin Mack is dishing six assists and Rodney Hood is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75 percent from the free throw line. The Jazz are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.8 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won six straight home games.

The Rockets are 37-16 ATS in their last 53 Tuesday games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Northwest. The Jazz are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games. The Rockets are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. 

I get that the Jazz are playing great basketball and their defense should give a low basketball IQ team such as Houston trouble. However, the Rockets are still extremely talented on the offensive end and need to start winning now if they're going to make the playoffs. I see Houston winning outright but I'll take the points as well. 

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