Utah Jazz (1-2) at Houston Rockets (1-2)
|Date & Time||Wednesday October 24, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Houston Rockets -2.5 -- Over/Under: 219
The Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Toyota Center.
The Utah Jazz look for their second road win of the season to get back to a .500 record. The Utah Jazz are averaging 110 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 111 points on 48.5 percent shooting. Joe Ingles is averaging 19.3 points and 4.3 rebounds while Donovan Mitchell is averaging 19 points and three assists. Rudy Gobert is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 39.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won 16 of their last 18 road games.
The Houston Rockets look for their first home win of the season to get back to a .500 record. The Houston Rockets are averaging 116 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 120.3 points on 49.5 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 28.3 points and 6.7 rebounds while Chris Paul is averaging 23.5 points and eight assists. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 8.7 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 71 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 28 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won 10 of their last 12 home games.
The Jazz are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Southwest, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. Western Conference and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Rockets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games, 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 Wednesday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Jazz are 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings, the favorite is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
While they're just three games into the season, the Utah Jazz aren't playing the defense we expected to see. That's not something you want to hear when going up against the Houston Rockets, even without CP3. The Rockets are still a deadly offensive team without Chris Paul, and they've been one of the best home teams in the league dating back to last year. The Rockets have also won eight of the last nine meetings against the Jazz. I'm going to lay the bucket with the Rockets.