To begin with, Quin Snyder has done a remarkable job since taking over as Jazz head coach in 2014. The defense has been Utah’s calling card for past success and playoff berths. However, an element of an offense is now present on the Jazz. Utah has become a much more complete team triggered by third-year star Donovan Mitchell. All of which bodes well for their playoff prospects and profitability for NBA Bets. By contrast, Houston has its usual Rocket Fuel offense. NBA scoring champion James Harden is again shooting the moon. Of great concern is a rapid defensive decline.
Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets
|Date and Time:||Sunday, February 9, 2020, 7 p.m. ET|
|Location:||Toyota Center, Houston, Texas|
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Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets Overview
Late results have the Rockets with only two sports betting payouts in their last five games. Houston is now 31-18 straight up, 23-26 vs. the odds, and 22-27 under the total. NBA metrics have the Rockets ranked second for scoring offense, but 23rd for points allowed. Consider that Houston had respectable defenses in the past two seasons. Coach Mike D’Antoni has reverted back to his run and gun ways.
Of major concern is a Jazz free fall of just one payout in their last six games. Utah is now 32-17 straight up, 25-23-1 against the spread and 26-23 over the total. Specifically, the Jazz rank 16th in the NBA for scoring offense and eighth for points allowed.
Key Jazz: SG Donovan Mitchell (24.6 PTS, 4.2 REB, 4.3 AST, 45.9 FGPCT, 36.4 3PPCT, 86.5 FTPCT), SG Bojan Bogdanovic (21.2 PTS, 4.1 REB, 2.0 AST, 45.4 FGPCT, 43.0 3PPCT, 90.2 FTPCT), C Rudy Gobert (15.6 PTS, 14.5 REB, 1.6 AST, 68.7 FGPCT, 0.0 3PPCT, 61.4 FTPCT)
Key Rockets: SG James Harden (35.7 PTS, 6.5 REB, 7.2 AST, 43.6 FGPCT, 36.0 3PPCT, 86.5 FTPCT), PG Russell Westbrook (26.4 PTS, 8.0 REB, 7.4 AST, 45.4 FGPCT, 23.4 3PPCT, 79.1 FTPCT), SG Eric Gordon (15.7 PTS, 2.0 REB, 1.5 AST, 38.0 FGPCT, 34.2 3PPCT, 72.8 FTPCT)
Utah and Houston Against the Spread
The Jazz Are:
- 7-4 against the spread in their last 11 away games
- 7-3 over the total on the road
- 4-2-1 vs. the odds in their last seven games at Houston
- 2-5-1 under the total in away games with the Rockets
- 5-3 on the board as a dog
- 5-2 over the total when getting points
The Rockets Are:
- 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 games as a favorite
- 3-5 under the total when laying points
- 5-2-1 with the line head to head against Utah
- 1-7-1 under the total against the Jazz
- 5-8 vs. the odds in their last 13 games at Toyota Center
- 4-7 under the total on their home court
Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets NBA Bets Picks
In this situation, the Utah Jazz is the more complete team and superior NBA Bets value. As mentioned earlier Utah excels in all pertinent gambling categories for this matchup. Further, Houston has been gushing red ink as a favorite and at Toyota Center. Look for the Utah defense to be the difference as to who goes to the payout window in this one.
Jazz vs. Rockets NBA Bet Pick: Utah Jazz
Jazz vs. Rockets NBA Bets Score Prediction: Jazz 105, Rockets 102