Check out our free Jazz vs Rockets pick and preview for this NBA game in Houston. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.

Jazz vs Rockets NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Utah Jazz at Houston Rockets
  • Where: Houston at Toyota Center
  • Date: Thursday, January 5th
  • Betting Odds HOU +5.5, UTA -226 | HOU +182 O/U 231.0

The Jazz come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 19-21. So far, the team has gone 20-18-2 against the spread. The Jazz head into today’s action in the midst of a 5 game losing streak. This has come while posting an average scoring margin of -3.0.

In their previous game, the Jazz were favored to win vs the Kings. However, their 117-115 loss, gave them both a straight up and ATS loss. Utah was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Kings by 2 going into halftime. In the loss, Lauri Markkanen led the team in scoring with 28 points on a field goal percentage of 40.0%.

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The Rockets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 10-28. So far, the team has gone 16-20-2 against the spread. Today, the Rockets will be looking to snap a 5 game losing streak. The team has lost these games by an average of -15.0 points per contest.

Houston is trying to bounce back from a 119-108 loss to the Pelicans. Going into this game, the team was 7 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. In the loss, Houston got off to a slow start, trailing by 23 points going into halftime. In the loss, Jalen Green led the team in scoring with 16 points on a field goal percentage of 33.3%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Jazz averaged 125.0 points per game vs Houston, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the Jazz saw a boost in scoring, the Rockets averaged 108.75 points per contest in head-to-head meeting vs Utah. This figure was similar to season-long average. Across the last 5 matchups between the teams, Houston has gone 3-1-1 vs the spread. However, the Jazz actually have a positive scoring margin in these games at +8 points per game. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 2-3. Combined, they averaged 230 points in these games.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

Coming into today’s action, Utah is averaging 117.2 points per contest. This figure places them 4th in the league. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Jazz are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 100.3 per contest. Even though the team has preferred to play at a slower pace, their effective field goal percentage of 55.2% has helped them with their overall scoring numbers.

On the defensive end of the floor, the Jazz are giving up an average of 107.57 points per game, good for 10th in the NBA.

On offense, Lauri Markkanen leads the Jazz in scoring at 23.9 points per game, placing him 25th in the NBA. Overall, Markkanen has hit 52.8% of his shots while accounting for 17.4% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 9th in points allowed to power-fowards. At 20.6 points per game, Jordan Clarkson is the 2nd leading scorer for the Jazz. For the season, he is 130th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 44.6%.

For the season, the Rockets offensive unit is ranked just 29th in scoring at 109.3 points per contest. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Rockets are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.9 per contest. If the Rockets offense is going to turn things around, they will need to either generate more possessions or improve their overall efficiency. Currently, they are just 28th ranked team in 3-point shooting percentage.

Against the Jazz, the Rockets will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 30th in points allowed.

Shooting Guard Jalen Green currently leads the Rockets at 21.3 points per game. For the season, he is 38th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 19.7% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Green is averaging 4.3 boards and 3.6 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 26th ranked defense at defending shooting guards. Kevin Porter Jr. enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 37 games, he is averaging 19.3 and is 138th in the league in player efficiency rating.

Jazz vs Rockets Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Rockets +5.5
  • Free Total Prediction: Under 231.0

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