Utah Jazz vs Houston Rockets Prediction, 4/21/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Utah Jazz vs Houston Rockets
Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T Sportsnet - South
Odds/Point Spread: Utah (-11)
The Utah Jazz (43-15) travel to Toyota Center on Wednesday where they'll take on the Houston Rockets (15-43). Houston opens this game as 11-point underdogs. The over/under opens at 228.
The Utah Jazz stepped onto the hardwood against the Los Angeles Lakers and earned the victory with a final of 111-97 in their last game. Utah ended having earned a 57.3% FG percentage (43 out of 75) and knocked down 15 out of their 33 shots from beyond the arc. When they shot from the free throw line, the Jazz made 10 of 11 shots for a rate of 90.9%. Concerning pulling down boards, they earned 42 with 2 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 29 dimes for the contest in addition to forcing 10 turnovers and having 5 steals. With respect to the defense, Utah allowed their opponent to shoot 43.0% from the field on 34 of 79 shooting. Los Angeles dished out 17 assists and had 10 steals in this game. In addition, Los Angeles pulled down 32 rebounds (5 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 5 blocks. Los Angeles ended up shooting 68.0% from the charity stripe by making 17 of their 25 attempts. They converted 12 out of their 28 tries from three-point range.
Joe Ingles is one guy who was a major factor for this contest. He walked away with 21 points on 8 of 11 shooting. He played for 31:44 minutes and also collected 4 rebounds. Ingles finished the game shooting 72.7% from the field and also earned 5 assists. Someone else that was a determining factor in this contest for the Jazz was Bojan Bogdanovic. He totaled 3 rebounds in his 30:41 min played. He ended up shooting 58.3% from the field for this game via 7-of-12 (19 points). When the final whistle blew, Bogdanovic earned 4 assists.
Utah comes into this one with a mark of 43-15 on the campaign. The Jazz are connecting on 39.0% on shots beyond the perimeter (977 of 2,504) and 79.4% from the free throw line. They average 116.9 pts per game (3rd in the NBA) while connecting on 46.7% from the field. They turn it over 14.0 times per game and as a team they commit 18.9 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Utah is grabbing 48.2 rebounds per game and has accounted for 1,369 assists for the campaign, which is 21st in basketball in terms of passing. On the defensive end of the court, the Jazz are forcing 11.4 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.3 personal fouls. The Jazz defense is allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 44.6% (661 of 1,119) and they surrender 43.1 rebounds per contest as a squad. They currently rank 3rd in the NBA in allowing assists with 1,283 conceded this season. They are giving up 34.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 4th in the NBA in PPG allowed (107.7).
When they last played, the Houston Rockets took a loss by a final score of 113-91 when they played the Miami Heat. The Rockets collected 35 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 41 in this game. They turned the ball over 13 times, while recording 8 steals in the matchup. The Heat were called for 19 fouls in this game which took the Rockets to the charity stripe for a total of 17 tries. They were able to bury 16 of those for a rate of 94.1%. Concerning shooting from distance, Houston converted 9 out of their 38 attempts (23.7%). Overall, the Rockets went 33 for 85 from the field which gave them a rate of 38.8%. The Rockets permitted the Heat to convert 45 out of their 93 attempts from the field which left them with a rate of 48.4% for this game. They shot 39.6% from beyond the perimeter by connecting on 19 out of 48 and ended up shooting 4 out of 7 from the free throw line (57.1%). In the matter of how they rebounded, Houston permitted Miami to snag 52 in total (11 offensive).
Christian Wood was important for the Rockets in the game. He knocked down 8 of 16 for this contest for a rate of 50.0%, and had 7 rebounds. Wood racked up 18 points in his 31:50 mins on the court, but didn't get an assist. One more player that was pivotal for Houston was Kevin Porter. He ended up with 3 assists in 30:51 mins played, and he knocked down 6 out of 14 from the floor. Porter finished going 42.9% from the field in addition to contributing 18 points and 2 total rebounds.
Houston has a mark of 15-43 for the season. Houston has scored 6,258 points for the campaign (107.9 per contest) and they pull in 42.4 rebounds per game. The Rockets have committed 19.5 fouls every game and they go 74.2% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offensive execution, the Rockets are shooting 44.2% from the floor, which is 28th in the league. They are dishing out assists 23.1 times per contest (25th in basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 14.6 times per game. The Rockets are ranked 26th in the league in PPG surrendered with 114.9. They have given up 25.1 dimes and 47.7 rebounds every game, which is ranked 17th and 30th in the league. The Houston defense surrenders 37.9% on 3-pointers (767 of 2,022) and their opponents are knocking down 78.1% of their free throw shots. They have forced 14.9 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 47.2% from the field (23rd in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Utah (-11)
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