The Houston Rockets (35-20) will travel to the Vivint Smart Home Arena to take on the Utah Jazz (36-19) on Saturday night. Tipoff for this potential Western Conference playoff matchup is set for 9:00 p.m. E.T. We analyze the Rockets-Jazz sports betting odds and lines, with NBA betting advice and tips around the matchup.
Rockets vs. Jazz: Key injuries
SG Eric Gordon (leg) questionable
C Ed Davis (ankle) questionable
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Rockets vs. Jazz: Odds, lines, picks, and betting tips
Rockets 114, Jazz 112
The Jazz (-125) are slight home favorites over the ROCKETS (+105) on Saturday night. While Utah has been great at home this season (20-6), Houston has been one of the league’s better teams on the road. They’ve also had a lot of success against the Jazz, winning seven of their previous nine meetings. Given the value here, I like the Rockets to upset the Jazz on Saturday night.
Line/Against the Spread (ATS)
The Jazz -1.5 (-115) are less than a basket favorite over the ROCKETS +1.5 (+106) on Saturday night. While Utah’s record is fantastic at home this season, they haven’t fared well against the spread, as of late. They have failed to cover the spread in Utah in four of their last five games. Meanwhile, Houston is getting hot at the right time, covering in five of their last seven games. Given how even these teams are, give me Houston and the points on Saturday night.
The total for this Western Conference matchup is set for 233.5 points, which actually feels a little bit too high despite this game involving the Houston Rockets. Utah has one of the best defenses in the NBA, allowing just over 107 points per game. While the Rockets always have the potential to score 120 or more points, expect the Jazz to slow down the pace of this game and for the UNDER (-115) to hit in Utah.
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