Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets, Playoffs game 4. The Rockets are close to the first sweep of the playoffs. The Jazz is about to be humiliated as a team at home in front of the fans. In the third game the home team could do something else. But the visitors overcame the challenge and won by only three points. The Rockets want to finish this series as quickly as possible to rest a few days for the next round of the playoffs. The offensive work of the Rockets has been incredible so far.
Houston Rockets: Near the impossible.
The Rockets are 3-0 against the Jazz in this round of the playoffs. The first two games at home were easy. But the third game on the road left the defensive problems of the team in sight. The first half of the third game lost against the Jazz. But in the second half they won the game 104-101 by a few points. The key was the use of reserves in the game. Chris Paul was the only player who had a low performance contributing only 18 points in the game.
On the road the Rockets during the playoffs are scoring an average of 97.3 points per game, 34.52 FG points, 73.8% free throw shots, 8.94 three pointers, 17.62 assists. The defense on the road allows 104.8 points in the playoffs. Until April 2017 the record was highly negative for the Rockets in the playoffs on the road.
The ATS record is 27-23-0 since 2004 in the playoffs. In the third game against Jazz they were underdogs. In the third game they won and completed +2.0 in the spread. Now in the fourth game the Rockets are clearly favorites with -2.0 in the spread.
Utah Jazz: We will not allow it.
Jazz is about to be eliminated from the playoffs at home. The 0-3 record is something unthinkable for the team, especially playing at home. The third game was plagued by defensive errors, few blocks and steals made the difference in the game. The defense is number four in the league, but that number has not helped in the round. If they want to win tonight, the defense must correct all the errors of the third game.
At home the Jazz is scoring an average of 112.4 points. During the playoffs the average is 10 points less with 100.1 points per game. The defense allows up to 98.9 points. Last year they also lost to the Rockets in the playoffs, two home games being underdogs.
The ATS record at home during the playoffs is 17-17-2. In the last 10 home games of the playoff round the record is negative with 3-7-0. The last victory in the spread during the playoffs was in April 2018. In the first round against the Thunder being favorites -5.5, they also won the first game.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets 04/22/2019 is: take the New Houston Rockets -2.0 (Point Spread).
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