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Utah Jazz at Houston Rockets - 4/24/19 NBA Game 5 Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Utah Jazz at Houston Rockets
Date & Time Wednesday April 24, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Toyota Center
Houston, Texas
The Line
The Line: Houston Rockets -8 -- Over/Under: 212.5
TV Channel
TNT
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The Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets meet Wednesday in game five of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at the Toyota Center.

The Utah Jazz look for another victory to force a game six on Friday. The Utah Jazz are averaging 99 points on 40.8 percent shooting and allowing 108.8 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 23.8 points and 3.8 assists while Ricky Rubio is averaging 15 points and eight assists. Derrick Favors is the third double-digit scorer and Rudy Gobert is grabbing 10.3 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 27 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.3 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have lost each of their last four road games.

The Houston Rockets look to close this series out here to start preparing for the Golden State Warriors. The Houston Rockets are averaging 108.8 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 99 points on 40.8 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 28.3 points and 8.5 assists while Chris Paul is averaging 18 points and 5.3 assists. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and PJ Tucker is grabbing six rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 27 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won each of their last nine home games.

The Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 12-4 ATS in their last 16 Wednesday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Rockets are 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 home games, 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Jazz are 1-4-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The under is 20-8-1 in Rockets last 29 overall. The under is 5-1 in Jazz last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games.

Outside of Mitchell catching fire in the fourth quarter of game four, the Utah Jazz haven't shown they can make enough outside shots to compete with the Houston Rockets. It's only a matter of time before Harden gets out of this funk and goes off, and it usually happens at home. The Rockets won the first two home games against the Jazz by an average of 26 points and five of their last seven wins against them overall have been double-digit wins. The Jazz are 5-5-1 ATS in their last 11 games when an underdog of five or more points. The Rockets have covered each of their last eight games when a favorite of five or more points. I hav to eat the chalk with the Rockets, as one good quarter from the Jazz doesn't change the feel of this series at all.

Pick:
Houston Rockets -8

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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