Date/Time: 05-06-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Utah Jazz +5
In this exciting Western Conference semifinal, we have the 5th Utah Jazz (48-34), hosting once again the top-seeded team both of the conference and of the whole league Houston Rockets (65-17), who bounced back after a shocking home defeat in game 2 with a dominating performance, re-taking the lead in the series with 2-1 wins.
In the third game two days ago, the Rockets destroyed the hosts in the first half and went into the locker room up by 30 with a 70-40 score, making the second half just a formality and getting away with an easy road win for the 2-1 lead in the series.
Top Basketball BookmakersUtah had a 48-34 record in the regular season. They finished in the 5th place of the West and they are 2-3 in their last 5 matches. Houston had a 65-17 record in the regular season. They finished in the first place of the West and the whole NBA and they are 4-1 in their last 5 matches.
Jazz are led in scoring by the rookie Donovan Mitchell with 24.3 ppg, who also adds 5.8 boards per game. Joe Ingles follows with 14.8 ppg, while Rudy Gobert adds 13.6 ppg and a team-best 11 boards per game. Rockets are led in scoring by James Harden with 30.4 ppg, adding 5.2 boards and a team-best 8.4 dimes per game. Chris Paul follows with 18.8 ppg and 6 dimes per game, while Clint Capela adds 15.9 ppg and a team-best 12.8 boards per game.
In their 7 meetings this season, Houston leads 6-1 wins and they have a perfect 3-0 on the road. Utah have a 31-14 home record, while Houston are 33-11 on the road. Houston have the third-best offense in the playoffs with 110.4 ppg to Utah’s 104.1 and the second-best defense, allowing 101.5 ppg to Utah’s 104.2. Utah have a better accuracy both from the field with 46.1% to Houston’s 44.5% and from behind the arc with 37.1% to Houston’s 35.1%. Utah also grab more rebounds (45.4 to 43.6), while Houston commit less turnovers (9.3 to 15.8) and dish more assists, with 21.3 to Utah’s 20.3. Rockets have the momentum in the series with that huge game 3 win and expect them to keep it going again today with another road win.
Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz Game 4 Prediction: Houston Rockets -5 (-110)