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Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz - 12/17/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Utah Jazz (14-16) at Houston Rockets (14-14)
Date & Time Monday December 17, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
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The Line: Houston Rockets -5 -- Over/Under: 214.5
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The Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets meet Monday in NBA action at the Toyota Center.

The Utah Jazz look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 106.8 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 106.6 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 20.9 points and 3.2 assists while Rudy Gobert is averaging 14.3 points and 12.3 rebounds. Ricky Rubio is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 72.3 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.1 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have split their last six road games.

The Houston Rockets look for a fourth straight victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Houston Rockets are averaging 108.9 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 109.1 points on 47.8 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 30.9 points and 8.3 assists while Clint Capela is averaging 17.7 points and 11.6 rebounds. Chris Paul is the third double-digit scorer and Eric Gordon is grabbing 2.2 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 75.9 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.9 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won seven of their last eight home games.

The Jazz are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Monday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Rockets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Northwest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Monday games. The favorite is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings. The over is 10-4 in Rockets last 14 overall. The under is 4-1 in Jazz last 5 overall.

The Utah Jazz have had success against the Utah Jazz, which includes two wins this year, however, the Jazz are too inconsistent for my taste and haven't been good on the road where the defense drops off quite a bit. The Houston Rockets are showing signs of getting back on track, as Harden and others are starting to find their groove and the offense is averaging 112.1  at home this season. With the Jazz having their issues and the Rockets slowly but surely putting things together, I'll eat the reasonable chalk with the Rockets at home.

Houston Rockets -5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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