In a battle between two Western Conference teams that recently had the biggest active winning streaks in the league, the Houston Rockets (46-13), looking for their 13th straight victory, are visiting the Utah Jazz (31-29), who want to continue on the winning ways and build another winning streak.
Date/Time: 02-26-2018, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Utah Jazz +2.5
Utah are 31-29 (31-29-0 against the spread) so far in the league and are sitting in the 10th place of the West. In their latest matchup they bounced back after seeing a huge winning streak getting snapped by winning against Dallas at home with a 97-90 score. The rookie Donovan Mitchell leads the team in scoring with 19.7 ppg, while the newcomer Jae Crowder adds 13.2 ppg and 4 boards per game. The Center Rudy Gobert adds 12.6 ppg and a team-best 10.1 boards per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersHouston are 46-13 (30-28-1 against the spread) so far in the league and are sitting on the top of the Western Conference. They have won 12 straight and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Denver on the road with a 119-114 score. James Harden leads the team in scoring with 31.3 ppg, adding 5 boards and a team-best 9 dimes per game. Chris Paul follows with 19.1 ppg, adding 5.8 boards and 8.2 dimes per game, while Eric Gordon adds 18.5 ppg.
In their three previous meetings earlier this season, Houston won each and one of them. They were victorious in Utah with a 101-112 score. Utah have a 19-10 home record this season, while Houston are 22-7 on the road. Houston have a better offense, with a second-best 114.3 ppg to Utah’s 103, while Utah have a better defense, allowing 101.5 ppg to Houston’s 105.5. Houston have a better accuracy from inside the arc with 46.36% to Utah’s 45.65%, while Utah have a better accuracy from behind the arc with 37.26% to Houston’s 36.67%. Houston grab more rebounds, with 43.6 to Utah’s 42.2 and dish more assists, with 21.8 to Utah’s 21.4. Rockets are the hottest team in the NBA right now and Jazz don’t pose a threat to them, even in Utah. Pick Rockets for a road win by more than 3 points tonight.
Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz Prediction: Houston Rockets -2.5 (-111)