Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets, 4/14/19 NBA Predictions & Odds

Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets, 4/14/19 NBA Predictions & Odds

He is averaging 36.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 7.5 assists. Rubio, who finished with 15 points, didn't play against Houston in the playoffs last season after injuring his hamstring in a first-round series win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"I've seen literally every defence you can possibly see", he said. I'm good with that. "I don't care how many minutes you play or whatever".

It's the second consecutive year the teams have met in the post-season after the Rockets eliminated Utah in five games in the second round last season. They'll assuredly come into this series prepared and with a well-crafted game plan, courtesy of Quin Snyder, that if executed well could very well lead to victory.

The upsets were good news for the league since many fans and media members feel the National Basketball Association playoffs are too predictable largely due to the seven game series that favors the top seeded teams.

The double team was only effective because the Nuggets kept missing wide open shots which only encouraged the Spurs to keep doubling Jokic.

Capela added 16 points and 12 rebounds while grappling with Jazz center Rudy Gobert (22 points, 12 rebounds). Donovan Mitchell had 19 points, but did not have an assist as the Jazz went long stretches without scoring.

Utah is the 5 seed in the West and the Jazz have won eight of their last 10 to close the regular season while going 4-1 against the spread over their last five games. The under is 8-3-1 in Jazz last 12 games playing on 2 days rest.

Despite his absence - and losing by 20 at home against Toronto on Tuesday night - the Timberwolves led 95-84 when Reynolds hit his fifth 3-pointer with 4:02 left in the game.

For the Nuggets, who finished with the second best record in the Western Conference; yesterday was their chance to show the doubters that they are for real and can compete with the Golden State Warriors, but the Spurs showed them the importance of having an experienced team come playoff time.

They had a few rim-shattering dunks and 3-point makes, proving to be a huge spark off the bench for the Rockets.

Jazz: Derrick Favours had 13 points. Jae Crowder was the only player to contribute more than five points while three players went scoreless. The Jazz were also victims of 18 turnovers. The Houston Rockets are allowing 25.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game. Houston made 15 3-pointers, led by four from Harden.

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