The Utah Jazz (22-21) travel to face off against the Houston Rockets (19-21) on Saturday, January 20th. This game will be played at Toyota Center in Houston and televised on Spac. Both the Jazz and Rockets will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 8:00 ET.
Jazz vs Rockets
The Jazz Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Jazz’s most recent matchup against the Thunder saw Collin Sexton lead the Jazz with 31 points while shooting 10/19 from the field. Lauri Markkanen put up 26 points which was 2nd on the team, but it wasn’t enough as Utah ended up losing the game with a final score of 134-129.
Heading into today’s matchup vs. the Rockets, the Jazz want to add to their above .500 record of 22-21. In games against Western Conference teams, the Jazz are 12-16 and are 10-5 in non-conference games.
Utah comes in with an overall ATS record of 26-17 so far this season. Utah has gone 7-2 against the spread this season when they are the favorites, and they are 19-15 when playing as underdogs.
The Rockets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Rockets were defeated by the Knicks in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 109-94. Turning the tide, the Rockets picked up the win, overcoming a halftime deficit of 48-46.
When playing against other teams in the Western Conference, the Rockets have gone 14-10 and are 5-11 in non-conference games. Overall, they are 19-21 and are looking to beat the Jazz.
This season, Houston holds an ATS record of 21-18, which also includes their six game losing streak against the spread. This season, Houston has a 9-3 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 12-15 when playing as underdogs.
Jazz Offense Breakdown
The Jazz come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 117.1 points per game (11th).
Utah is one of the most efficient teams in the league in terms of scoring, ranking 11th in points per game at 117.1. However, their scoring numbers are much higher at home (123.9) compared to on the road (110.5).
So far this season, the Jazz have outscored the NBA scoring average in 58.1% of their games. In terms of pace, Utah is 9th in the league at 100.1 possessions per game.
When it comes to shooting, the Jazz are 18th in field goal percentage at 46%. In terms of three-point shooting, Utah is 13th in made threes per game (13.2) and 11th in three-point attempts (37).
Rockets Offense Breakdown
Through 40 games the Rockets are averaging 112.2 points per contest, placing them 22nd in the NBA.
When playing at home, the Rockets are averaging 113.7 points per game, which is 22nd in the NBA. So far, they have outscored the league average in 37.5% of their games. Overall, Houston is 24th in field goal percentage at 46%.
From beyond the arc, the Rockets are shooting 35% on three-point attempts, which is 26th in the league. In terms of pace, they are 19th at 98.4 possessions per game. In terms of two-point shooting, Houston is 25th in the NBA at 52%.
So far this season, the Rockets are averaging 112.2 points per game, which is 22nd in the NBA. In terms of assists, they are 25th at 24.7 per game. At home, Houston is 22nd in the league in scoring at 113.7 points per game.
Jazz Team Defense
Currently, the Jazz’s defense holds the 23rd rank in the NBA, allowing 118.5 points per game. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Jazz defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 54.5% while allowing 37.8% from downtown.
Rockets Team Defense
Houston’s defense has been playing well, ranking 8th in the NBA with 111.7 points allowed per game. In the terms of takeaways, Rockets are causing 12.3 turnovers per game, ranking 8th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 26th in rejections, averaging 4.3 blocked shots each game.
Key Players For The Jazz And Rockets
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Lauri Markkanen as the primary point contributor for the Jazz, finishing with 24 points while maintaining a 8/17 shooting accuracy. This season, he is averaging 24.1 points per game along with 8.8 boards.
As for Houston, Jalen Green is projected to be the primary scorer for the Rockets. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 18, and adding 4 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 40.1% and is averaging 17.4 points per contest.
Jazz vs Rockets Trends
- When looking at their past three road matchups, Utah has an ATS record of 2-1 while averaging 116 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.
- Across their ten previous home games, Houston has an ATS mark of 2-8. Their straight up record in these matchups was 3-7 while averaging 112 points per game.
- In their last five games as the betting underdog, the Jazz have a strong straight up record of 3-2. In addition, their ATS record was 3-2 in these scenarios.
- Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the favorite, the Rockets have a straight up record of 8-2. Their record vs the spread in these games was 7-3.
Jazz vs Rockets Prediction
We’re calling a win for the Rockets, with a final score of 116-112, and we’re taking them to cover the spread. Our recommendation is to bet on the Rockets at -2.5.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 235 and given that our model is projecting 228 points between the teams, we like the under.
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