Thursday, January 7, 2016
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The Utah Jazz travel to Toyota Center to play the Houston Rockets on Thursday, January 7, 2016. The opening line for this game has Houston as 9 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 198.5.
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The Jazz come into this game with an overall record of 15-18 and a road record of 5-10. They are 2nd in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -0.2 as they are averaging 96.7 points per game while giving up 96.8 per contest. The Rockets have an overall record of 17-19 and a home record of 10-9. They currently are 4th in the Southwest Division. They are averaging 103.9 points per game and surrendering 105.8, good for a point differential of -1.9.
Gordon Hayward comes into this contest averaging 18.9 points per game while playing 35.5 minutes per night so far this season for the Jazz. He pulls down 5.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.1 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 42% while his free throw percentage is currently at 83%. Derrick Favors averages 16.8 points per game in 32.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.5 assists per contest and 8.6 rebounds per game for Utah. His field goal percentage is 52% for the year while his free throw percentage is 70%.
James Harden averages 28.1 points per game while playing 37.9 minutes per contest this year for the Rockets. He grabs 5.9 rebounds per game and has 6.7 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage currently is at 87%. Dwight Howard averages 13.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.7 minutes per contest. He also averages 11.7 rebounds per contest and 1.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 62% and his free throw percentage is 53%.
Utah averages 96.7 points per contest this season which ranks them 27th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -0.2 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 23rd. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 8th in the league. They average 51.6 rebounds per game and 17.7 assists per game which ranks them 19th and 30th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 17th with 14.9 per game. The Jazz allow 96.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 4th 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 categories. Opponents average 48.2 rebounds a game which ranks 2nd and they give up 18.7 assists per contest which puts them in 1st place in the league. They force 14.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 17th in the league.
Houston averages 103.9 points per game this year which ranks them 4th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -1.9 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 18th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 17th in the NBA. They average 52.4 rebounds per game and 21.4 assists per contest which ranks them 14th and 17th respectively. In the turnover department the Rockets rank 27th with 16.7 per game. The Rockets allow 105.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 26th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 28th and 17th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 53.1 rebounds a game which ranks 22nd and they give up 24.3 assists per contest which puts them in 30th place in the league. The Rockets force 16.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 7th in the NBA.
Utah Jazz Betting Trends
The Utah Jazz are 18-14-1 against the spread
The Utah Jazz are 12-21-0 against the over/under
Houston Rockets Betting Trends
The Houston Rockets are 13-23-0 against the spread
The Houston Rockets are 16-18-2 against the over/under
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
01/06/16 F Derrick Favors Back expected to miss Wednesday vs. San Antonio & Thursday vs. Houston
Houston Rockets Injuries
11/18/15 F Sam Dekker Back out indefinitely
01/04/16 F Donatas Motiejunas Back "?" Thursday vs. Utah
01/04/16 G Marcus Thornton Personal "?" Thursday vs. Utah
01/04/16 PG Ty Lawson Ankle "?" Thursday vs. Utah
Tony's Pick: Take Utah
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