Utah at Houston- Wednesday NBA Playoffs Pick
Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals matchup between the Utah Jazz and the Houston Rockets is set for Wednesday night in an 8 p.m. start at the Toyota Center. TNT will carry the national broadcast.
Utah at Houston Game Preview
Utah got dealt a harsh dose of reality on Sunday in this best-of-seven series opener with a 110-96 loss as a heavy 11.5-point road underdog at VietBet. The Jazz had just eliminated the rival Oklahoma City Thunder in six games in the opening round, but they now know that they are stepping way up in class in this matchup. The total stayed UNDER 206.5 points in Game 1 and it has stayed UNDER in their last three games.
Scoring 96 points against Houston is not going to get it done. A slow start led to a 25-point deficit at halftime and Utah was never able to close the gap. Give credit to rookie Donovan Mitchell for showing up with 21 points, but the rest of the starters accounted for a combined 35 points. Utah did shoot 50 percent from the field in Game 1, but it connected on just seven of its 22 attempts from three-point range.
The Rockets eliminated Minnesota in the opening round in five games with three of the wins coming on their home court by a combined 31 points. The total went OVER VietBet’s closing line in the last three games of that series. Houston was tied with Toronto for the best straight-up home record in the league at 34-7 and it has gone 7-4 ATS over its last 11 games played at home.
It was the James Harden Show in Game 1 with 41 points while going 12-for-26 from the field and 7-for-12 from three-point range. Following a slow start in his first few games against Minnesota, he has been lighting things up over his last four playoff games with an average of 32.5 points per game. Houston was ranked second in the league in scoring in the regular season (112.4 points) and through six postseason games that average stands at 110.3 PPG.
Utah at Houston Free Game Prediction
Grinding out wins against the Thunder is one thing but hanging with the top seed in the West on the road is a whole other story. Lay the 11 points at VietBet this Wednesday night and take Houston to win again both SU and ATS.