Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz Prediction, 5/8/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz
Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021
Location: Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
TV: AT&T Sportsnet - Roc
The Utah Jazz (48-18) host the Houston Rockets (16-50) at Vivint Arena on Saturday.
The Houston Rockets took the court against the Philadelphia 76ers and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 135-115 in their last game. Houston ended the contest with a 45.2% field goal percentage (42 out of 93) and buried 17 of 45 three-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Rockets made 14 of their 18 tries for a rate of 77.8%. When it comes to rebounding, they compiled 38 with 12 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 28 assists for the game as well as forcing the other team into 9 turnovers and earning 6 steals. In terms of defending, Houston let their opponent shoot 53.2% from the floor on 50 of 94 shooting. Philadelphia doled out 26 dimes and had 10 steals for this contest. In addition, Philadelphia totaled 47 boards (11 offensive, 36 defensive) and had 5 blocked shots. Philadelphia went 90.9% from the charity stripe by making 20 of their 22 tries. They also converted 15 out of their 35 attempts from long range.
Kelly Olynyk is one guy who came through for the contest. He recorded 27 points on 9 of 16 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 39:29 minutes and also collected 11 boards. Olynyk finished the contest at 56.3% from the field and also recorded 8 assists. An additional guy that was a factor in the game for the Rockets was Kenyon Martin Jr.. He pulled down 10 rebounds in his 44:26 minutes played. He finished 58.8% from the field for this game by going 10-of-17 (23 points). In all, Martin accounted for 6 assists.
Houston will enter this contest with a win-loss record of 16-50 for the campaign. They turn it over 14.8 times per game and as a group they are committing 19.5 fouls per game. As a team, Houston is pulling in 42.7 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 1,520 dimes this year, which ranks 25th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Rockets are hitting 33.4% on three-point shots (881 of 2,639) and 73.9% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 107.8 pts per contest (24th in the league) on 44.1% from the field. When they are on defense, the Rockets have forced 14.7 turnovers every game while drawing 19.6 fouls. They are ranked 21st in the NBA in allowing assists with 1,678 conceded so far this year. The Rockets defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 47.5% (973 of 1,292) and they surrender 47.7 rebounds per game as a squad. They are giving up 38.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 27th in basketball in points per game allowed (115.7).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Utah Jazz got the victory with a final of 126-94 when they faced the San Antonio Spurs. The Jazz were able to collect 46 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards for a total of 53 in the game. They also turned the ball over 14 times, while recording 5 steals for the game. The Spurs had 13 personal fouls for this contest which took the Jazz to the charity stripe for 14 shots. They were able to convert 10 of the free throws for a rate of 71.4%. With regard to 3-point attempts, Utah converted 18 out of their 41 tries (43.9%). Overall, the Jazz finished 49 out of 88 from the floor which had them shooting 55.7%. The Jazz permitted the Spurs to knock down 37 of their 92 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 40.2% for the contest. They finished the game shooting 30.4% from behind the 3-point line by going 7 out of 23 and ended up shooting 13 out of 20 from the free throw line (65.0%). In reference to cleaning up the glass, Utah permitted San Antonio to grab 35 in all (9 on the offensive side).
Bojan Bogdanovic pitched in for the Jazz for this contest. He knocked down 10 out of 13 in this game for a field goal percentage of 76.9%, and had 2 rebounds. Bogdanovic had 24 points in his 25:36 mins of playing time, but wasn't able to earn an assist. Someone else who came through for Utah was Joe Ingles. He finished this one with 7 dimes in his 25:24 minutes on the hardwood, and he shot 5 of 11 from the floor. Ingles wrapped this one up going 45.5% from the field while contributing 14 points and 5 boards.
Utah has a record of 48-18 on the campaign. On the offensive side of the court, the Jazz are hitting on 46.9% from the field, which ranks 14th in basketball. Utah has scored 7,687 pts this season (116.5 per game) and they pull down 48.2 rebounds per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 23.8 times per game (22nd in the league) and they turn the ball over 14.2 times per contest. The Jazz have committed 18.6 fouls every game while shooting 79.5% from the charity stripe. The Jazz on defense are ranked 3rd in the NBA in PPG allowed with 107.0. The Utah defense concedes 33.9% on 3-point shots (706 of 2,081) and opponents are knocking down 76.4% of their free throw attempts. They surrender 22.2 dimes and 42.8 boards per game, which is 1st and 9th in the league. They are forcing their opponents into 11.5 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 44.6% from the floor (2nd in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Houston
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