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The Utah Jazz are looking to stay hot at home against the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.
Rockets looking to find their stride
It has been a discouraging start to the 2018-19 season for the Rockets struggling to find their way on the court. This has seen them go through stretches on both ends with them hitting yet another rough rut dropping three out of their last five games played. These issues have come largely from their lack of consistency offensively ranking 19th with 109.2 points per game while being 21st with 44.9 percent from the floor along with ranking 17th shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc this season. This has been a surprising development this season given that they had one of the offensive teams last year led by their All-Star backcourt of James Harden and Chris Paul, but that hasn’t been the case on a consistent basis this year
Strong finish for the Beard.
📊 27PTS pic.twitter.com/DHLJfqHFBW
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) December 4, 2018
Although the Rockets have struggled offensively, Harden has been putting together another highly productive campaign as he’s currently leading the league with 30.6 points per contest. He has picked it up as of late over the last nine games averaging 34.6 points on 47.9 percent shooting from the floor and 40.2 percent from 3-point range. He has been putting up another highly productive as he is also third in the NBA with 8.7 assists along with being second with 2.2 steals, and 5.6 rebounds per game. This has currently pace to join Hall of Famer Michael Jordan as the only players to average 30.0 points, 8.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.00 steals per game in a single season. Point guard Chris Paul is also putting together a productive campaign with 16.6 points along with 8.1 assists, and 4.6 rebounds per contest. If the Rockets hope to get the best of the Jazz, it will need them to pick it up offensively.
Jazz coming off historic 3-point shooting performance
Following a highly successful campaign, the Jazz have had their fair shares of ups and downs this season but have hit their stride over the last week having won three out of their last four games. This has pushed them near the .500 mark through the first 25 contests played this year at a 12-13 record. Utah is coming off a strong offensive outing after breezing past the San Antonio Spurs 139-105 on Tuesday night that saw them shoot a highly-efficient rate from the floor at 60.7 percent along with 60.3 percent from beyond the arc hitting a franchise record 20 three-pointers in the contest along with 38 assists. This marked season-best marks shooting from the field and 3-point range along with a season-high 139 points in the blowout win. This saw an effective scoring performance from recently acquired guard Kyle Korver scoring 15 points on 3-of-4 shooting from distance in just 15 minutes played.
📹| Don with 20 points and 4 3pm in tonight's W pic.twitter.com/t048s8YTP7
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) December 5, 2018
Star guard Donovan Mitchell also had a strong outing with 20 points that included hitting four 3-pointers in the contest. This marked his 13th 20-point outing this year as also has had 30 or more points four times. Mitchell has also previously had success against the Rocket this season registering 38 points back on Oct. 24, which marked the fifth 35-point outing of his career. Big man Rudy Gobert has also been a major factor in the frontcourt on both ends of the floor averaging a double-double with 15.5 points and 12.8 rebounds along with 2.1 blocks per contest. This includes notching 17 double-doubles in the first 18 games of the season, which has set a franchise record for most double-doubles through the first 18 games. Gobert has been highly productive as of late posting four straight double-doubles including a pair of 20-point/10-rebound outings. With the Jazz hitting their stride on both ends of the floor, it should see them push to yet another win.
- Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Jazz are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Southwest.
- Jazz are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games.
- Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Rockets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Northwest.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
This should be a close contest throughout, but the manner in which the Jazz have been playing lately should push them past the Rockets. This should see them put together yet another strong offensive outing against Houston, who has allowed more than 105 points in four out of their last five games played. The favorite in this matchup is also 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
Prediction: Utah -2
Full-Game Total Pick
The Jazz are starting to hit their stride offensively over the last few games while the Rockets have notched more than 115 points in two out of their last three games. This has the making for being a high-scoring affair on Thursday night. Meanwhile, the over is 8-1 in Rockets’ last nine games played overall.
Prediction: Over 216.5