Utah vs Houston Wed, Apr 17
|*Community||HOU -6.5 63%||o/216 60%|
*Consensus from 6146 predictions.
|12th||3 PT %||11th|
|15th||3 PT %||1st|
My oh my, Rockets have been playing solid basketball. Their defense is something people should not overlook. They are playing great on both sides of the ball and I think they pick up another win at home today. Jazz are typically good at slowing down offenses but Houston is in a groove right now and you've got to roll with the hotter team. I do expect Rockets to lose one out of the next 2 in Utah.
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I like the rockets here. Both teams are playing very well at the moment but the Rockets have the edge in this game because they have won four of their last five games and three straight against the Jazz, including their last two games at the Toyota Center. The Rockets also have to like their chances because they defeated the Jazz by 32 points and the Jazz struggled to stop Houstons backcourt, which combined for 60 points and 18 assists in their first game.
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Betting Prediction for Utah Jazz vs Houston Rockets on April 17, 2019, 9:30 PM ET
Free Betting Prediction: Houston will WIN , Cover the Spread , and the Total will go Over .
After a routine butt-kicking in Game 1, the Houston Rockets continue their quest for playoff redemption when they host the Utah Jazz for Game 2. The Rockets dominated in the opener with a 32-point win and held the Jazz to 90 points and 39 percent shooting. The Rockets have won 12 of their last 13 home games with nine of those wins by double digits.The Rockets opened as 6.5-point favorites with a total of 212.5.Jazz vs Rockets Game Center. Original matchup: http://bit.ly/2IGAP3J
Deseret News: 3 takeaways from the Utah Jazz's 118-98 Game 2 loss to the Houston Rockets
The Houston Rockets led the Utah Jazz wire-to-wire en route to the blowout win in Game 2 of the teams' first-round playoff series on Wednesday night.
With the win, the Rockets took a 2-0 series lead as the teams now head to Salt Lake City for the next two contests.
Here are three takeaways from Wednesday's game.The Jazz were awful from behind the 3-point line. They finished just 8-of-38 from deep for 21 percent. Many of those tries were wide open. The Rockets, on the other hand, went 17-of-42 from behind the 3-point line (41 percent).
Official Site of the Jazz: James Harden expects Donovan Mitchell to be 'twice as aggressive' when the Jazz and Rockets meet for Game 2
Donovan Mitchell walked into the arena carrying a box covered in superheroes, pulled out a pair of Spider-Man themed sneakers, and laced them up. The Utah Jazz guard had been waiting for that moment, his first chance to wear his signature shoes in a game, all season.
"It's still kind of surreal to me," Mitchell said. "For me to get the shoe so soon really kind of took me by surprise. It still does to this day."
As Mitchell warmed up in his Adidas D.O.N. Issue #1s, his mother couldn't help but smile and take a few pictures.
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I had my concerns against how the Houston Rockets were going to deal with the Utah Jazz, who were the No. 2 team in defensive efficiency this season. It's that specific formula that factors into why it has made their first-round foe successful so we should be rightfully concerned.
Fansided: Houston Rockets will face similar defense from Jazz in Game 2
Going into this series against the Utah Jazz, the Houston Rockets had no idea how James Harden would be defended. One thing was for certain, though: When the Beard catches fire against them, it normally ends poorly.
In the two regular season wins against the Jazz, Harden went off for an average of 45 points a game. In the two losses, however, he was limited to just 22 points a night. That's obviously a pretty huge differential and something Utah wanted to have in their favor.
As such, they decided not to let Harden alone beat them.
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We've talked about this matchup all week long, covering everything from series predictions, to the history of the Houston-Utah playoff rivalry, to fraternizing with the enemy, to even a covert analyzation of the opponent's biggest strengths. And of course, the game preview from the most trusted preview man in the biz.
Deseret News: Brad Rock: Jazz need a bench to become '12 Angry Men'
HOUSTON -- Donovan Mitchell was nowhere to be seen, but not just on Sunday when the Jazz got incinerated by Houston. He wasn't around for media interviews on Monday, either. Rudy Gobert, Ricky Rubio, Joe Ingles and even coach Quin Snyder took a hard pass.
Except for a helpful Derrick Favors, the only other Jazz player on hand was Thabo Sefolosha.
Which is only fair.
Someone from the bench needed to address what happened in the 32-point derailment.
There were numerous breakdowns as the Jazz got overwhelmed in the fourth quarter. These things happen. Houston's lead jumped from nine to 32 while the Jazz subbed in players, trying to find a hot hand.