The Utah Jazz (35-21) host the Houston Rockets (15-40) Monday at Vivint Arena for a 9 p.m. ET tip-off. Below, we look at the Rockets vs. Jazz odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
Houston has lost eight of its last nine games (2-7 against the spread (ATS)) including four straight with the latest being a 139-120 blowout loss to the Toronto Raptors as a 7-point underdog Thursday.
Utah is on a five-game win streak (4-1 ATS) and the most recent was a 114-99 beatdown of the Orlando Magic at home as a 12-point favorite. The Jazz are third in net rating and second in ATS margin over that span, according to CleaningTheGlass.com.
These teams split their first two meetings this season with the road team winning and covering both and both games going Under the total.
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Rockets at Jazz odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Rockets +850 (bet $100 to win $850) | Jazz -1800 (bet $1,800 to win $100)
Against the spread: Rockets +14.5 (-105) | Jazz -14.5 (-120)
Over/Under: 231.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
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Rockets at Jazz key injuries
SG Eric Gordon (heel) questionable
PF Rudy Gay (knee) out
C Rudy Gobert (calf) questionable
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Rockets at Jazz odds, lines, picks and predictions
Jazz 124, Rockets 114
Utah should win this game comfortably but the Jazz (-1800) are too expensive. Also, I only “lean” to Houston plus the points and don’t like it enough to sprinkle on the Rockets (+850).
Against the spread
“LEAN” to the ROCKETS +14.5 (-105) because they are 8-5-1 ATS when being spotted at least 10 points, the Jazz are 6-13-1 ATS when laying 10 or more points and Houston has covered five consecutive visits to Utah.
I only “LEAN” to the ROCKETS +14.5 (-105) because there’s a chance Gobert returns to action and I prefer the Over in this game.
BET the OVER 231.5 (-110) because both teams are top 3 in both offensive FT/FGA rate and 3-point attempt rate and each has an above-average true shooting percentage (TS%) with Utah leading the NBA (59.1%).
On top of that, the officiating crew assigned to this game has a combined 60-50 O/U record so we should be seeing a ton of free-throw attempts.
The Rockets are 28-21-1 O/U as underdogs and have the worst defensive rating in the Association.
The OVER 231.5 (-110) is my favorite wager in this contest.
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