Houston Rockets (18-4) at Utah Jazz (13-12)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 10:30 pm (Vivint Smart Home Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz +3.5 -- Over/Under: 206 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Houston Rockets and Utah Jazz meet Thursday in NBA action at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.
The Houston Rockets look to keep the ball rolling while building on their seven-game winning streak. The Houston Rockets are averaging 114.1 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 102.7 points on 45.5 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 31.7 points and 9.7 assists while Eric Gordon is averaging 19.4 points and 2.6 assists. Clint Capela is the third double-digit scorer and Chris Paul is dishing 9.8 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 80.5 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won six straight road games.
The Utah Jazz look for another victory after winning seven of their last nine games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 103.3 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 98.8 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Rodney Hood is averaging 17.7 points and 2.6 rebounds while Donovan Mitchell is averaging 17.2 points and 3.2 assists. Derrick Favors is the third double-digit scorer and Ricky Rubio is dishing five assists. The Utah Jazz are shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc and 81.4 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.5 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won five straight home games.
The Rockets are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games, 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Jazz are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The home team is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
I've backed the Utah Jazz a lot these last couple of weeks, as they've become this offensive powerhouse lately and Mitchell has thrown his name in the ring as a serious rookie of the year candidate. The Jazz are a team to watch right now and are hard to pass up when getting free points. However, the Houston Rockets have been lights out recently with the return of CP3. In fact, the Rockets are averaging 119 points on 49.1 percent shooting in their last five games. Those are numbers that any team in the league is going to have trouble keeping up with. I'll get back on the Jazz bandwagon after this game, but for now, I have to take the Rockets and the small chalk.