Utah Jazz at Houston Rockets NBA Picks & Predictions 5/2/2018
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
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The Utah Jazz head to Toyota Center to take on the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals. The Rockets lead the series 1-0 after a win in Game 1 by a score of 110-96. The opening line for this game has Houston as 11 point favorites.
The Jazz had a regular season record of 48-34. They were 3rd in the Northwest Division. They currently had a point differential of 4.3 as they averaged 104.1 points per game while giving up 99.8 per contest. The Rockets had an overall mark of 65-17. They finished 1st in the Southwest Division. They totaled 112.4 points per contest and gave up 103.9, which is a point differential of 8.5.
Valuable Utah Jazz Betting Trends
The Utah Jazz are 46-43-0 against the spread
The Utah Jazz are 42-45-0 against the over/under
Important Houston Rockets Betting Trends
The Houston Rockets are 45-41-2 against the spread
The Houston Rockets are 37-49-0 against the over/under
Key Utah Jazz Injuries
04/30/18 G Donovan Mitchell Ankle injured last game, is probable Wednesday vs Houston
04/28/18 G Ricky Rubio Hamstring is out indefinitely
01/13/18 F Thabo Sefolosha Knee is out for season
Key Houston Rockets Injuries
No key injuries to report
Rudy Gobert averages 13.5 points per contest in 32.4 minutes per game this year. He averages 1.4 assists per game and 10.7 rebounds per contest for Utah. His field goal percentage is 62% for the season while his free throw percentage is 68%. Donovan Mitchell comes into this game averaging 20.5 points per contest while playing 33.4 minutes per night so far this year. He grabs 3.7 rebounds per contest and distributes 3.7 assists per game. His FG percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage is 81%.
Chris Paul averages 18.6 points per game this year and he's on the court an average of 31.8 minutes per game. He also brings in 5.4 rebounds per game and 7.9 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 92%. James Harden has scored 30.4 points per contest while playing 35.4 minutes per game this season for the Rockets. He hauls in 5.4 rebounds per contest and has 8.8 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is at 86%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Jazz allow 99.8 points per contest which is 2nd in the NBA. They also surrender a 45% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 6th and 17th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 41.6 rebounds a game which ranks 2nd, and they allow 20 assists per game which puts them in 1st place in the league. They force 14.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 24th in the NBA. Utah averages 104.1 points per contest this year, which is 19th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 4.3 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a unit, which has them ranked 13th. From 3-point territory they shoot 37%, which is good for 12th in the NBA. They average 43.3 boards per contest and 22.4 assists per game, which ranks them 20th and 21st in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 12th with 14.7 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Rockets give up 103.9 points per game, which ranks them 7th in the league. Their defense is surrendering a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 15th and 7th in those defensive statistics. They rank 11th with 22.4 dimes allowed per game and 4th with 42 boards surrendered per contest. The Rockets are 21st in the league in forcing turnovers with 14.6 per contest this year. Houston is 2nd in the NBA with 112.4 points per contest this season. They are 15th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is 8.48. They shoot 36% from beyond the arc, which is good for 13th in the league. They are 18th in the NBA in rebounding with 43.5 boards per contest and 26th in assists per game with 21.5. The Rockets are 19th in turnovers per contest with 13.8.
The Jazz are 16th in the league in defensive rating with 103.9, and their offensive rating of 108.4 is ranked 30th. They are 25th in the NBA in pace with 95.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 10th. As a unit they are 11th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shot attempts, ranking 10th in the NBA. Utah is 7th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 51%, which is 25th in the NBA.
Houston is 19th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.4 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 18th in the NBA. The Rockets are 1st in the league in defensive rating with 106.1, and their offensive rating of 114.7 is ranked 25th. They are 13th in the NBA in pace with 97.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 55% is 2nd. As a unit they are 2nd in the league in true shooting percentage with 59% and they shoot 3-pointers on 50% of their shot attempts, ranking 1st in the NBA.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Houston -11 and under 204.5 total points
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