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The Houston Rockets are looking to close out the series on their home floor on Wednesday night.
Jazz hoping to extend series
Heading into Game 5 of the series against the Rockets, the Jazz are nowhere near the position that they hoped to be in. This has seemingly seen them fall out of favor to the point where they are the verge of elimination. Houston has assumed control of how things have followed largely behind the play of their explosive offense that tilted things greatly in their direction. This has largely come in the way of their own offensive woes as they have been unable to keep up on that end of the floor. However, proved to not be the case on Monday night as they muscled their way toward an impressive win on their home floor in the process. This saw second-year guard Donovan Mitchell put forth a strong outing with 31 points that saw him make numerous big baskets to help the Jazz pull out a much-needed win to stay alive. Mitchell has been their leading offensive factor on the floor in the series and will continue to be so regardless of how much longer things go.
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) April 23, 2019
Through the first four games of the series, Mitchell is averaging 23.8 points but has had his fair share of struggles shooting the ball going 35.6 percent from the field and 32.4 percent from 3-point range. If the Jazz hope to continue to extend the series, it will need Mitchell to be an effective shooter on the floor and put together strong outings in the process. This will need center Rudy Gobert to step up more so then he’s currently playing as he’s averaging 11.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per contest. Although the Jazz won Game 4, Gobert had just four points in the contest while scoring no more than 11 points in each of the last three contests of the series. Ultimately, Utah’s chances will be dictated by their play offensively as the Rockets should be in line to bounce back in Game 5. It will all be on their shoulders to show up in order to push the series another contest.
Rockets eyeing second round
Through the first four games of their first-round series against the Jazz, the Rockets have firmly grabbed onto control of how things have continued to unfold. Houston may have fallen quite short in a blowout loss in Game 4, they have been able to dictate how things have flown through in the series through this point in time. This has largely come in the way of their offense leading the charge behind the strong play of their core group on the floor. Reigning league MVP James Harden has been leading the way with his strong play as he’s averaging 28.3 points, 8.5 assists, and 7.0 rebounds per contest in the series. Although he hasn’t been the most efficient scoring shooting 37.1 percent from the floor and 37.5 percent from beyond the arc, Harden has put together huge outings with more than 20 points in each game and three double-doubles along the way.
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🏀 23 PTS
💪 8 REB
➡️ 7 AST
👋 5 STL
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— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) April 23, 2019
Harden will continue to be a major factor on the floor for the series with his play as he’s the driving force offensively for the Rockets. With the chance to close out things on their home floor, he should be in line for a strong performance that will pace Houston past Utah. Meanwhile, veteran point guard Chris Paul has also stepped it up as he’s averaging 18.0 points, 5.3 assists, and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 47.1 percent from the floor. Paul is coming off his best all-around outing of the series as he had 23 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, five steals, and two blocks in Game 4. He has been a major factor in the backcourt that has helped provide a strong 1-2 punch for the Rockets to lean on and will be crucial for them to get past the Jazz. Paul has notched more than 14 points in each contest that should continue to remain the case, especially for Game 5 in a potential close-out game. Ultimately, the ball is in Houston’s court to finally push past Utah on their home floor on Wednesday night.
- Rockets are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games following an ATS loss.
- Rockets are 7-0-1 ATS in their last eight home games.
- Rockets are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five home games against a team with a losing road record.
- Jazz are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning % above .600.
- Jazz are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against Southwest division opponents.
- Jazz are 1-5 ATS in their last six Conference Quarterfinals games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Although the Rockets stumbled a bit in Game 4, they should be in line up to bounce back in Game 5 to close things out on their home floor. Houston has been the more consistent team in the series that has been led by their play offensively. Keep in mind, the Jazz are 1-4-1 ATS in the last six meetings against the Rockets.
Prediction: Houston -8
Full-Game Total Pick
The Rockets may hold the upper hand offensively, but it has been efficient scoring by any means with Harden being the primary example of that with his shooting 37.1 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from 3-point range. Meanwhile, this has been the case as well for the Jazz with Mitchell experiencing his own shooting woes hitting 35.6 percent from the field and 32.4 percent from beyond the arc. All of this simply has the making of another game with that same struggles. The under is also 6-2 in the last eight meetings between both teams.
Prediction: Under 212.5