Monday, January 4, 2016
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The Houston Rockets travel to EnergySolutions Arena to play the Utah Jazz on Monday, January 4, 2016. The opening line for this game has Houston as 1.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 204.
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The Rockets come into this game with an overall record of 16-19 and a road record of 6-10. They are 4th in the Southwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -2 as they are averaging 104.2 points per game while giving up 106.2 per contest. The Jazz have an overall record of 15-17 and a home record of 10-7. They currently are 2nd in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 96.8 points per game and surrendering 96.9, good for a point differential of -0.1.
James Harden comes into this contest averaging 28.1 points per game while playing 37.8 minutes per night so far this season for the Rockets. He pulls down 5.9 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.7 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 42% while his free throw percentage is currently at 87%. Dwight Howard averages 13.8 points per game in 32.4 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.6 assists per contest and 11.7 rebounds per game for Houston. His field goal percentage is 62% for the year while his free throw percentage is 53%.
Gordon Hayward averages 18.8 points per game while playing 35.4 minutes per contest this year for the Jazz. He grabs 5.2 rebounds per game and has 3.1 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage currently is at 83%. Derrick Favors averages 16.8 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.6 minutes per contest. He also averages 8.6 rebounds per contest and 1.5 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 52% and his free throw percentage is 70%.
Houston averages 104.2 points per contest this season which ranks them 4th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -2 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 19th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 17th in the league. They average 52.7 rebounds per game and 21.5 assists per game which ranks them 12th and 16th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 27th with 16.7 per game. The Rockets allow 106.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 26th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 29th and 17th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 53.1 rebounds a game which ranks 21st and they give up 24.5 assists per contest which puts them in 30th place in the league. They force 16.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 7th in the league.
Utah averages 96.8 points per game this year which ranks them 27th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -0.1 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 20th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 9th in the NBA. They average 51.7 rebounds per game and 17.7 assists per contest which ranks them 19th and 30th respectively. In the turnover department the Jazz rank 16th with 14.8 per game. The Jazz allow 96.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 5th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 16th and 25th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 48.4 rebounds a game which ranks 2nd and they give up 18.8 assists per contest which puts them in 1st place in the league. The Jazz force 14.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 17th in the NBA.
Houston Rockets Betting Trends
The Houston Rockets are 13-22-0 against the spread
The Houston Rockets are 16-17-2 against the over/under
Utah Jazz Betting Trends
The Utah Jazz are 17-14-1 against the spread
The Utah Jazz are 12-20-0 against the over/under
Houston Rockets Injuries
11/18/15 F Sam Dekker Back out indefinitely
01/03/16 F Donatas Motiejunas Back "?" Monday vs. Utah
01/03/16 PG Ty Lawson Ankle probable Monday vs. Utah
Utah Jazz Injuries
12/27/15 PG Alec Burks Ankle out 6 weeks
12/02/15 C Rudy Gobert Knee out indefinitely
10/23/15 G Dante Exum Knee out for season
01/03/16 F Derrick Favors Back "?" Monday vs. Houston
Josh's Pick: Take Utah
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