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Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz - 4/17/19 NBA - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Utah Jazz at Houston Rockets
Date & Time Wednesday April 17, 2019, 9:30 PM (EDT)
Toyota Center
Houston, Texas
The Line
The Line: Houston Rockets -7 -- Over/Under:
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The Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets meet Wednesday in game two of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at the Toyota Center.

The Utah Jazz hope to tie this series up before heading up for game three. The Utah Jazz are averaging 90 points on 39 percent shooting and allowing 122 points on 50.5 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 19 points and five rebounds while Rudy Gobert is averaging 22 points and 12 rebounds. Ricky Rubio is the third double-digit scorer and Derrick Favors is grabbing six rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 25.9 percent from beyond the arc and 85.2 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have lost four of their last seven road games.

The Houston Rockets can take a comfortable 2-0 series lead with a victory here. The Houston Rockets are averaging 122 points on 50.5 percent shooting and allowing 90 points on 39 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 29 points and 10 assists while Clint Capela is averaging 16 points and 12 rebounds. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Chris Paul is dishing seven assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 91.7 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 25.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won each of their last eight home games.

The Jazz are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games, 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games and 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Rockets are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 home games, 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Western Conference and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Jazz are 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Houston and 3-2-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 8-3-1 in Jazz last 12 games playing on 2 days rest. The over is 3-1-1 in Rockets last 5 overall.

The Houston Rockets continued their dominance over the Utah Jazz with their game one victory and there was nothing in that game that gives you a good feeling about Utah hanging around in this series. The Rockets get whatever they want offensively and they defended their tail off, particularly the three-point line. The Rockets have now won eight of the last 11 meetings against the Jazz and seven of those eight wins have come by double digits. The Jazz can certainly do a better job defending and will probably go back to defending straight up and possibly switching everything, but the Rockets are simply a bad matchup for the Jazz and there's no team in the league that can hang when everybody has the shot going. I'll eat the chalk again with the Rockets.

Houston Rockets -7

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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