Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz, Playoffs game 5. The time has come for the Rockets after losing a golden opportunity. The Rockets could not close the round in Utah but now they can do it at home. The Jazz did not leave the Rockets any free space to win, although he was down a couple of minutes on the scoreboard. The Jazz can still turn the round, win this game and the next one at home. But those illusions are very big for a team that has not played well in the playoffs.
Houston Rockets: Today we close this round.
The Rockets have the next round in one step. The team should only win today and close this cycle against Jazz. In the fourth game they won two quarters, but lost the game by more than ten points 91-107. The reserves barely scored five points among all six bench players. All starters were below their point averages per game. Harden could not score more than 30 points.
At home during the playoffs the average points is 102.8 per game for the Rockets. 36.47 FG points, 72.2% free throw shots, 10.02 three pointers and 19.77 assists. The playoff defense allows up to 99.0 points per game. 36.89 FG points and 8.26 three pointers. In general the defense is the tenth of the league this season.
The ATS record at home during the playoffs is negative 26-27-0. In the last ten games the record is 6-4-0. The first two home games of this round the Rockets completed -6.5 points in the spread twice being favorites. Now they are favorites at home again. 7-3-0 in the last 10 playoff games at home.
Utah Jazz: Everything in life is possible.
The only dream of Jazz is to win this game. It is not impossible, but it will be difficult. The Jazz has had a bad performance in the games on the road this season. At least in the third game at home the defense let glimpses of the fourth best defense of the league. But now everything is different. 42 playoff games on the road since 2003, just 10 wins. Against the Rockets they lost 3 of 4 in 2007.
On the road during the playoffs the average points per game is bad with 97.8 points per game, 36.21 FG points, 75.5% free throw shots, 6.31 three pointers and 21.88 assists. The defense is worse allowing 106.0 points in the playoffs. The last victory of a round of the playoffs on the road was in 2017 against the Clippers.
The ATS record is negative in the playoffs with 20-22-0. Although since 2017 the ATS on the road record is 9-5-0. At home against the Rockets in the first games they lost by more than 10 points. The first game by 32 points and the second by 20 points.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz 04/24/2019 is: take the Houston Rockets -8.5 (Point Spread).
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