Utah Jazz (53-39) at Houston Rockets (72-19)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -12 -- Over/Under: 208 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets meet Tuesday in game five of the Western Conference playoffs at the Toyota Center.
The Utah Jazz need a victory here to save their season and force a game six on Thursday. The Utah Jazz are averaging 102.4 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 103.8 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 24.4 points and 3.7 assists while Joe Ingles is averaging 14.8 points and 4.3 rebounds. Rudy Gobert is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 68.1 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.4 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have split their last eight road games.
The Houston Rockets can advance to the western conference finals for the second time in four years with a victory here. The Houston Rockets are averaging 109.2 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 99.9 points on 45.7 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 29.7 points and 7.8 assists while Chris Paul is averaging 19.7 points and six assists. Clint Capela is the third double-digit scorer and Eric Gordon is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 79.2 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 38.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won 13 of their last 15 home games.
The Jazz are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Conference Semifinals games, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Conference Semifinals games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Jazz are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Houston, 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings and under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The under has become a popular trends between the Jazz and Rockets, but this total seems a little bit low. On the season at home, the Rockets averaged almost 114 points on 46 percent shooting from the field. We have yet to see that real offensive explosion from the Rockets, something you sometimes see in close out games when the crowd gets behind them. The Jazz are shooting a decent 45.3 percent from the field in this series and are actually shooting a better three point pecentage in this series. I don't want to play with the spread here and feel more comfortable in an offensive back and forth where both teams push for 100 points. Give me the over.