With both teams being tied 1-1 wins after the two Houston games, the series moves to Utah for the next two games when the fifth-seeded Utah Jazz (48-34), coming off a huge game 2 victory in which they stole the home court advantage, are hosting the team with the best record both in the Western Conference and in the whole NBA, the Houston Rockets (65-17), who want to bounce back tonight. Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz Game 3 Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 05-04-2018, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Utah Jazz +3.5
Houston finished the regular season with a 65-17 record (41-40-1 ATS). And the Rockets placed first in the overall West and the league standings. In Game 2 they saw a three-game winning streak getting snapped. They are led in scoring by James Harden with 31.1 ppg. Harden adds 5.4 rebounds and a team high 7.9 assists per game. He is followed by Chris Paul with 19.3 ppg and 6 assists per game, while Clint Capela adds 16.6 ppg and a team high 13.4 rebounds per game.
Utah finished the regular season with a 48-34 record (43-39-0 ATS). The Jazz finished the regular season 5th in the West. They are 5-2 in their last seven matches and are led in scoring by Donovan Mitchell with 26.1 ppg, adding 6.4 rebounds per game. He is followed by Joe Ingles with 15.9 ppg, while Rudy Gobert adds 13.8 ppg and a team high 11.2 rebounds per game.
In game 2 on Wednesday, the Jazz got off to a hot start and by holding the Rockets into just 40% from the field, while they shot with 51.8% and 46.9% from behind the arc, got away with a shocking 116-108 road win that tied the series 1-1.
Rockets lead the Jazz 5-1 wins so far this season, having won both games in Utah. Jazz are 31-13 at home so far this season, while Rockets are 32-11 on the road. Rockets are better both offensively, scoring 110 ppg to Jazz’s 105.6 and defensively, allowing 102.9 ppg to Jazz’s 103.1. Jazz have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 46.7% to Rockets’ 43.9% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 37% to Rockets’ 35.7%. They are also better in rebounding, grabbing 45.8 to Rockets’ 44, while Rockets are better turnovers committed (9.3 to 15.8) and both teams are almost equal in assists made (20.8 to 20.6). Rockets will be looking to bounce back and reclaim the lost home court advantage. Vegas odds give them a -3.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds as they bounce back from the game 2 defeat.
Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz Game 3 Prediction: Houston Rockets 3.5 (-112)
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