Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz, NBA West Conference Game. Third consecutive game at home. Yesterday, Utah Jazz surprisingly lost against the Spurs. The advantage of playing at home was nothing to them. Now they play against another team with which they have a similar track record. The Rockets don’t have the best record on the road but the team has proven to be capable of anything. An example of this was a recent victory against the Lakers.
Houston Rockets: Hard Times.
The team has a positive record on the road with 16-12 so far. The last game was a victory against the Warriors 135-105. Before that victory the Rockets lost in Phoenix 91-127. In the last 10 games on the road the record is 5-5. The best of the Rockets this year on the road was a six-game winning streak. After this game, the team travels to Boston to play against the Celtics.
On the road the Rockets are scoring an average of 117.8 points per game, 40.57 FG points, 15.89 three pointers, 42.89 rebounds, 20.96 assists, 15.04 turnovers. In the first two quarters the team averages 60.9 points.
The defense allows up to 117 points, 43.86 FG points, 78.7% free throws, 12.07 three pointers, 46.07 rebounds and 26.64 assists.
Eric Gordon will probably not be available for this game against Jazz. For now, James Harden leads the team with 35.2 points per game, 43.6% FG points and 35.6% three pointers. Westbrook is the other player averaging over twenty with 27 per game. Six more players are averaging over ten points per game.
Utah Jazz: Time to win at home.
Last night the defeat against San Antonio Spurs was 104-113. The team did not know how to stop the offensive visitor. But the record at home remains solid, 20 wins and only six losses. 2-3 in the last five games. The last home victory was in the first game of this series of six against Miami Heat 116-101. The other “difficult” team in the series is Boston Celtics.
At home, Jazz is scoring an average of 111.3 points per game, 40.92 FG points, 76.7% free throw shots, 13 three pointers, 22.69 assists, 47.35 rebounds. In the first quarter the team averages 29.2 points, being that the best of the four.
The defense allows up to 104.5 points at home. The defense is good, but lately the team has not played accurately at home. The team also allows 39.19 FG points, 10.62 three pointers, 41.69 rebounds and 19.42 assists.
Mitchell and Bogdanovic are the point leaders this season. They are the only two scoring over twenty points per game. The first scores 24.1 and the second 20.9 points per game. Clarkson and Gobert are over fifteen points. All players are healthy.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz 02/22/2020 is: take the OVER 232 (TOTALS).
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