Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz Prediction, 3/12/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz
Date: Friday, March 12, 2021
Location: Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
TV: AT&T Sportsnet
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+6.5)
Vivint Arena is the site where and the Utah Jazz (27-9) will play the Houston Rockets (11-23) on Friday. Houston opens this matchup as 6.5-point dogs. The total has been set at 227.
The Houston Rockets took the court against the Brooklyn Nets and went home with a loss by a final score of 132-114 in their last game. Houston walked away from the contest having earned a 41.8% FG percentage (38 of 91) and made 18 out of their 43 shots from distance. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Rockets knocked down 20 of their 28 tries for a percentage of 71.4%. When discussing grabbing boards, they earned 37 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 24 assists in this game as well as forcing the opposition into 14 turnovers and earning 10 steals. In relation to the defense, Houston allowed the other team to go 57.6% from the floor on 49 out of 85 shooting. Brooklyn doled out 33 assists and had 5 steals in the game. On top of that, Brooklyn snagged 53 rebounds (10 offensive, 43 defensive) and had 5 blocks. Brooklyn shot 70.8% at the charity stripe by knocking down 17 of 24 attempts. They also made 17 out of their 35 attempts from distance.
John Wall is one guy who was a contributor for the contest. He ended up walking away with 36 points on 12 of 30 shooting. He was on the court for 41:29 minutes and pulled down 2 rebounds. Wall walked away from this one shooting 40.0% from the floor and earned 5 assists. An additional guy that had an impact in this matchup for the Rockets was Victor Oladipo. He pulled down 7 rebounds in his 36:34 min on the hardwood. He finished the game at 36.0% from the floor in this contest by going 9-of-25 (33 points). When the final whistle was blown, Oladipo earned 5 assists.
Houston enters this game with a win-loss record of 11-23 this year. They average 107.6 points per contest (25th in the league) while shooting 43.7% from the field. The Rockets are hitting 33.3% on shots from 3-point land (459 of 1,380) and 75.6% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Houston is grabbing 42.4 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 754 assists so far this year, which has them ranked 29th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 14.8 times per game and as a group they are committing 20.2 personal fouls per contest. When they are on defense, the Rockets are able to force 15.7 turnovers per game while drawing 19.8 fouls. They are ranked 3rd in basketball in giving up assists with 797 surrendered on the year. The Rockets are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 46.6% (533 of 672) and they surrender 48.3 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are giving up 37.0% from beyond the arc and they are 21st in the NBA in points per game from their opponents (112.8).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Utah Jazz took a loss by a score of 131-123 when they played the Philadelphia 76ers. The Jazz were able to collect 40 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive boards totaling 52 in this matchup. They also gave up possession 16 times, while getting 7 steals for the contest. The 76ers committed 17 fouls in this game which took the Jazz to the free throw line for 19 tries. They were able to make 14 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 73.7%. With respect to three-point shots, Utah converted 21 of 44 attempts (47.7%). When the final whistle blew, the Jazz shot 44 for 100 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 44.0%. The Jazz permitted the 76ers to make 48 of their 93 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 51.6% in this matchup. They shot 32.0% from behind the 3-point line by hitting 8 of 25 and walked away from this one shooting 27 of 35 from the free throw line (77.1%). Regarding how they cleaned up the glass, Utah permitted Philadelphia to pull down 50 in total (8 offensive).
Donovan Mitchell ended up being a major contributor for the Jazz in the game. He buried 12 of 34 in the game for a field goal percentage of 35.3%, and accounted for 8 rebounds. Mitchell accumulated 33 points in his 42:19 mins on the hardwood and accumulated 6 assists in this game. Another guy that ended being a contributor for Utah was Mike Conley. He finished this one with 2 dimes in his 35:19 minutes played, and he shot 6 out of 13 from the floor. Conley walked away from this one going 46.2% from the floor as well as totaling 18 points and 2 boards.
Utah has a mark of 27-9 on the year. Utah has earned 4,198 points for the season (116.6 per game) and they snag 48.0 rebounds per game. The Jazz are committing 18.9 personal fouls every game while shooting 77.9% from the charity stripe. As an offensive team, the Jazz are shooting 46.8% from the floor, which ranks them 12th in the league. They are earning an assist 23.9 times per contest (21st in the league) and they are turning it over 14.2 times per game. The Jazz on defense are ranked 4th in the NBA in PPG allowed with 107.8. They have surrendered 22.1 dimes and 42.5 boards on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 2nd and 7th in the NBA. The Utah defense allows 35.4% on shots from distance (391 of 1,105) and opponents are knocking down 77.7% of their foul shots. They are forcing their opponents into 11.6 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 44.9% from the floor (4th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Utah (-6.5)
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