Utah at Houston- Tuesday NBA Playoffs Pick
Game 5 of the best-of-seven conference semifinal matchup between the Utah Jazz and the Houston Rockets is set for Tuesday night at the Toyota Center at 8 p.m. with TNT carrying the national broadcast.
Utah at Houston Game Preview
Utah won Game 2 in Houston with a stunning 116-108 upset as a heavy 11-poing underdog. However, it went on to drop the next two games at home to fall into a 3-1 hole in this series. Sunday’s 100-87 loss as six-point underdogs with BetAnySports dropped the Jazz to 2-4 straight-up and 1-5 against the spread in their last six playoff games. The total has stayed UNDER in five of those six games.
The Jazz were ranked 19th in the league in scoring with 104.1 points per game led by rookie guard Donovan Mitchell’s 20.5-point scoring average. Mitchell has led the way in the postseason with 24.4 PPG, but Utah has been unable to cross the 100-point mark in five of its last six outings. It shot a dismal 32.8 percent from the field and 24.1 percent from three-point range in Sunday’s loss.
Houston has not been at the top of its game this postseason, but it continues to play well enough to win enough of the games it is expected to. The Rockets are 7-2 SU and 6-3 ATS in nine playoffs games and they have covered in three of the five games they have closed as heavy double-digit favorites. The total has stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ closing line in three of the first four games of this series.
Chris Paul stepped up his game on Sunday with 27 points while connecting on 12 of his 23 shots from the field. James Harden is averaging 30.4 PPG in the playoffs and he ended Game 4 with 24 points on a shaky 8-for-22 performance shooting the ball. The Rockets shot 42.0 percent in that game as a team with a 10-for-38 tally from beyond the arc. They are averaging 109.2 PPG in the playoffs with a 44.2 field-goal percentage.
Utah at Houston Free Game Prediction
Utah was in over its head against the Rockets from Game 1 in a series that mercifully comes to an end on Tuesday night. I am going to back off betting Houston to cover the 12 points, but I do like the UNDER on BetAnySports’ 209.5-point total line.