Houston Rockets (11-23) at Utah Jazz (27-9)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 12, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Vivint Smart Home Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -14.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Houston Rockets invade the Vivint Arena to do battle with the Utah Jazz on Friday night.
The Houston Rockets have been in a serious slump as they’re now looking to stop a 14-game slide after last night’s 125-105 road loss to the Kings. Victor Oladipo led the team in scoring with 23 points and nine assists on seven of 21 shooting, Eric Gordon added 17 points while Jae’Sean Tate chipped in with 16 points on eight of 11 shooting. As a team, the Rockets shot just 41 percent from the field and 11 of 45 from the 3-point line as they fell behind by double-digits early after scoring just 18 points in the second quarter, before allowing the Kings to pile on the points in the fourth quarter to make it a blowout.
Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz have cool off a bit lately as they’ve lost four of their last seven games and they will be aiming to snap a two-game skid after getting dropped by the 76ers in a 131-123 overtime loss last Wednesday. Donovan Mitchell led the team with 33 points, eight rebounds and six assists, Bojan Bogdanovic and Mike Conley each scored 18 points while Joe Ingles chipped in with 16 points off the bench. As a team, the Jazz shot 44 percent from the field and a sizzling 21 of 44 from the 3-point line as they squandered a 13-point lead, before going ice-cold in the overtime period where they scored just five points. Jordan Clarkson scored just 10 points on three of 10 shooting while Mitchell shot just 12 of 34 from the field.
Looking at the betting trends, the Rockets are 1-6 ATS in their last seven road games, 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games playing on zero days’ rest and 19-41 ATS in their last 60 games overall. The Jazz are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 home games, 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games against a team with a losing record and 22-6 ATS in their last 28 games overall.
Head to head, the under is 5-1 in the last six meetings overall and the Rockets are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Utah.
The Rockets have struggled with injuries all season and they will be shorthanded once again as John Wall, PJ Tucker, Christian Wood and Danuel House Jr have all been ruled out. The Jazz were absolutely running through teams before cooling off with a couple of losses in a row, but it’s hard to imagine them not bouncing back in this matchup. The Rockets are just 1-6 ATS in their last seven road games, while the Jazz are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 home games, so I’m sticking with the Jazz to return to form with a big win here.