Wednesday, March 23, 2016
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The Utah Jazz travel to Toyota Center to play the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. The opening line for this game has Houston as 4 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 200.
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The Jazz come into this game with an overall record of 34-36 and a road record of 12-23. They are 3rd in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of 1.3 as they are averaging 97.8 points per game while giving up 96.5 per contest. Utah is 5-7 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 18-22. They are 6-4 in their last 10 games. The Rockets have an overall record of 35-35 and a home record of 19-15. They currently are 3rd in the Southwest Division. They are averaging 106.1 points per game and surrendering 107, good for a point differential of -0.8. Houston has a division record of 8-7 and a conference record of 24-20. In their last 10 games they are 6-4.
Gordon Hayward comes into this contest averaging 19.9 points per game while playing 36.2 minutes per night so far this season for the Jazz. He pulls down 4.9 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is currently at 83%. Derrick Favors averages 16.9 points per game in 32.5 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.6 assists per contest and 8.4 rebounds per game for Utah. His field goal percentage is 51% for the year while his free throw percentage is 71%.
James Harden averages 28.6 points per game while playing 37.7 minutes per contest this year for the Rockets. He grabs 6.3 rebounds per game and has 7.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage currently is at 87%. Dwight Howard averages 14.5 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.6 minutes per contest. He also averages 12.1 rebounds per contest and 1.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 61% and his free throw percentage is 51%.
Utah averages 97.8 points per contest this season which ranks them 28th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 1.3 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 19th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 10th in the league. They average 51.8 rebounds per game and 18.9 assists per game which ranks them 17th and 28th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 23rd with 15 per game. The Jazz allow 96.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 2nd in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 14th and 19th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 48.4 rebounds a game which ranks 2nd and they give up 19.2 assists per contest which puts them in 1st place in the league. They force 14.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 17th in the league.
Houston averages 106.1 points per game this year which ranks them 4th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -0.8 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 16th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 21st in the NBA. They average 52.9 rebounds per game and 21.8 assists per contest which ranks them 9th and 18th respectively. In the turnover department the Rockets rank 27th with 16.1 per game. The Rockets allow 107 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 27th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 21st and 22nd in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 53.6 rebounds a game which ranks 22nd and they give up 24.7 assists per contest which puts them in 30th place in the league. The Rockets force 16.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 1st in the NBA.
The Jazz average 97.1 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 94 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -2.7 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 12 per contest. The Jazz have an offensive rating of 106 and a defensive rating of 104.6. In terms of pace they average 91 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 50%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they shoot 3 pointers on 29% of their shots. Utah turns the ball over an average of 14.2 times per 100 possessions and they force 13.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 50%.
The Rockets score 105.3 ppg at home and they have averaged 106.3 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of -7.7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 0.5 points per game. The Rockets rating on offense is 107.8 and they have a defensive rating of 108.6. They get 97.6 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 51%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 55% and they attempt 3 pointers on 37% of their shot attempts. Houston turns the ball over on 14.3 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 14.7 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 52%.
Utah Jazz Betting Trends
The Utah Jazz are 34-34-2 against the spread
The Utah Jazz are 28-41-1 against the over/under
Houston Rockets Betting Trends
The Houston Rockets are 30-40-0 against the spread
The Houston Rockets are 41-27-2 against the over/under
Utah Jazz Injuries
12/27/15 PG Alec Burks Ankle out indefinitely
10/23/15 G Dante Exum Knee out for season
Houston Rockets Injuries
03/21/16 G James Harden Ankle injured last game, "?" Tuesday vs. Oklahoma City
Josh's Pick: Take Houston
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