Date/Time: 04-24-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Houston Rockets -7.5
In Game 5 of this Western Conference quarterfinal, the 4th in the West Houston Rockets, who want to bounce back after their first defeat in the series but still lead 3-1 wins, are hosting the 5th Utah Jazz, who avoided the sweep and want to continue on the winning ways.
Jazz had a 50-32 record (44-36-2 ATS) in the regular season and finished in the fifth place of the West. In their latest matchup they ended a 4-game defeat streak with a home victory against Houston in the fourth game of the series, 107-91. Rockets had a 53-29 record (40-39-3 ATS) in the regular season and finished in in the fourth place of the West. In their latest matchup they saw a 3-game victory streak end with a road defeat by Utah in the fourth game of the series, 91-107.
Top Basketball BookmakersUtah are led in scoring by Donovan Mitchell with 23.8 ppg. He also adds 4.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game, while Ricky Rubio follows with 15 ppg and leads the team in rebounding with 8 per game. Derrick Favors adds 13 ppg and 8.2 rebounds per game. Houston are led in scoring by James Harden with 28.2 ppg. He is followed by 7 rebounds and leads the team in assists made with 8.5 per game, while Chris Paul follows with 18 ppg, adding 4.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. Eric Gordon adds 15.2 ppg.
Houston lead Utah 5-3 wins so far this season and have won three of the four games at home. Houston are 33-10 at home, while Utah are 21-21 on the road. Houston have a better offense with 113.7 ppg to Utah’s 111.1, while Utah have a better defense, allowing 106.6 ppg to Houston’s 108.7. Utah have a better accuracy from the field (46.5% to 44.8%), while Houston have a better accuracy from behind the arc (35.6% to 35.2%). Houston commit fewer turnovers (12.7 to 14.7), while Utah grab more rebounds (46.4 to 42.1) and dish more assists per game (25.8 to 21.1). Houston won both home games of the series by an average of 26 points and expect them to win once again in this one as well.
Utah Jazz vs Houston Rockets Game 5 Prediction: Houston Rockets -7.5 (-110)