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Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz - 4/14/19 NBA - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Utah Jazz at Houston Rockets
Date & Time Sunday April 14, 2019, 9:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Toyota Center
Houston, Texas
The Line
The Line: Houston Rockets -5.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
TNT
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The Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets meet Sunday in game one of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at the Toyota Center.

The Utah Jazz are in the playoffs for a third straight season for the first time since the Jerry Sloan era. The Utah Jazz are averaging 111.7 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 106.5 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 23.8 points and 4.2 assists while Rudy Gobert is averaging 15.9 points and 12.9 rebounds. Ricky Rubio is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.4 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have split their last six road games.

The Houston Rockets are in the playoffs for a seventh straight season and hope this is the year they can capture an NBA title. The Houston Rockets are averaging 113.9 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 109.1 points on 46.6 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 36.1 points and 7.5 assists while Clint Capela is averaging 16.6 points and 12.7 rebounds. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Chris Paul is dishing 8.2 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 79.1 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won each of their last seven home games.

The Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference, 10-3 ATS in their last 13 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Rockets are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Jazz are 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Houston and 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 3-1-1 in Rockets last 5 overall. The over is 16-5 in Jazz last 21 Sunday games.

The Utah Jazz are a very dangerous playoff team and enter this contest playing some of the best basketball of any team in the league. The problem is the Houston Rockets are a legit title contenders and need to finish this series up as quickly as possible considering he Golden State Warriors will probably make light work of the Los Angeles Clippers. The Rockets can't afford to have a long series with the Jazz. The Rockets also have won their last five games by an average of 23.2 points and smoked the Jazz in the last meeting by 27 points. I'll lay the reasonable chalk.

Pick:
Houston Rockets -5.5

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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