Houston Rockets (11-12) at Utah Jazz (12-13)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 10:30 pm (Vivint Smart Home Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -3.5 -- Over/Under: 217.5 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 for a big road victory to get back to a .500 record. The Houston Rockets are averaging 109.2 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 109.5 points on 47.3 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 30.6 points and 8.7 assists while Clint Capela is averaging 18.1 points and 11.8 rebounds. Chris Paul is the third double-digit scorer and Eric Gordon is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have lost six of their last eight road games.
The Utah Jazz also look for a statement victory to get back to a .500 record. The Utah Jazz are averaging 107 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 107.8 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 21.3 points and 3.6 assists while Rudy Gobert is averaging 15.5 points and 12.8 rebounds. Ricky Rubio is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71.7 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.8 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have split their last six home games.
The Rockets are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 vs. Western Conference, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Jazz are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Rockets are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Utah and 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings. The over is 7-0 in Jazz last 7 home games. The over is 8-1 in Rockets last 9 overall.
Both of these teams have yet to play to their potential, as these should be two of the top-four teams in the West. I have a little more confidence in the Jazz at home because of their defense than I do the Rockets. The Houston Rockets are allowing 48.8 percent shooting in their last five games, which is actually worse than their rough numbers overall this season. You just can't trust the Rockets in their current form, especially on the road. I'll lay the small chalk with the Jazz.