Utah Jazz (52-36) at Houston Rockets (69-18)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -11.5 -- Over/Under: 206 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets meet Wednesday in game two of the Western Conference playoffs at the Toyota Center.
The Utah Jazz hope to tie up this series at 1-1 before flying back home for game three on Friday. The Utah Jazz are averaging 104.1 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 102.4 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 27.4 points and three assists while Joe Ingles is averaging 14.3 points and 3.9 rebounds. Rudy Gobert is the third double-digit scorer and Derrick Favors is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 67.4 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 39 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.4 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have lost five of their last nine road games.
The Houston Rockets hope to take a commanding 2-0 series lead before going to Utah for game three. The Houston Rockets are averaging 110.3 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 100.7 points on 46.6 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 31 points and 7.3 assists while Chris Paul is averaging 18.7 points and 6.5 assists. Clint Capela is the third double-digit scorer and Eric Gordon is grabbing 1.5 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 75.4 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 39.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.2 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won 13 of their last 14 home games.
The Jazz are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 2 days rest, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Conference Semifinals games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Conference Semifinals games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Jazz are 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Houston, 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
The Utah Jazz were rocked in the first half of game one, but they actually outscored the Rockets in the third and fourth quarter while shooting 50 percent from the field for the game. Those are good signs if you're a Jazz fan, as it seems like they found their footing and got a little more comfortable once they realized they weren't playing Portland anymore. The Jazz also turned the ball over 18 times, which is an easy thing to clean up. Assuming Utah starts game two the way it finished game one, we could have a much more competitive game this time around. The Utah Jazz are 4-4 ATS in their last eight games as a double-digit underdog, while the Houston Rockets are also just 7-14 ATS in their last 21 games when a double-digit favorite. I'm not going to eat large numbers just because game one didn't go my way. Give me the Jazz and the points.