Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz NBA Odds and Predictions
The weekday of the NBA has a champion side take on an underdog in a significant clash. Tonight, Houston Rockets have setup a regular season clash against Utah Jazz at the Toyota Center.
The hosts are down and out with 2 wins in the last 10 games, putting them in a extremely sticky position while the Utah based side are looking to just run away with the top spot as the Suns are currently breathing down their neck in 2nd spot. It is a no brainer that the Jazz hold a formidable advantage going into the clash, but the hosts are scrambling for a win here.
Both Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets belong to Western Conference and looking at their Conference record this season, Rockets have struggled massively, they are currently 10-23 while Utah Jazz have maintained a Conference record of 20-9 as of now.Here are the latest Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz NBA Odds and Predictions updated on 21st April.
Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz NBA Odds and Predictions: Recent form
The Houston Rockets has had some contrasting performances this season after the side struggled to register their first victory in the first three games. They were in dire need of some winning momentum in the initial phase but could never find it that in turn hindered their progress.
To rub salt into their wounds, losing streaks in February and March didn’t really help their cause in making it to the top eight. They have managed just 2 victories in 10 games, putting them in a precarious position this season. They are now struggling in 14th place with 13 wins and 33 losses.
The Utah Jazz have just raised their bar one more notch after their performance this season. They are not only running away with the top position in Western conference, but have also looked like they are playing in a different league altogether. They have an impressive 43-15 win-loss record so far and are looking to go one up in their next game.
Their last few games have seen the champion side struggling with just 6 wins in 10 games that has slightly been a concern for them. In their last two outings, they were battered by Lakers in the 1st game but they returned the favor in the 2nd clash in a convincing fashion.
Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz NBA Odds and Predictions: Head-to-head
Regular season (205 games): Rockets – 98 wins, Jazz – 107 wins.
Playoffs played: Rockets – 26 wins, Jazz – 23 wins.
Previous meeting: Jazz won 114-99 on 12th March 2021 in a regular season fixture.
Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz NBA Odds and Predictions: Players to watch
The Houston Rockets has the service of John Wall who has done a great job as the point guard. He has averaged 20.6 points but was a little scratchy against Heat with just 14 points and 6 assists.
Jaesean Tate has also done a good job in terms of assists and dribbles but needs to increase his points in the coming games.
Kelly Olynyk who is yet another forward has a free throw percentage of 84.2 in addition to 6.4 dribbles per game.
Christian Wood did a decent job with 18 points and 2 rebounds in his last outing. Kevin Porter Jr. who is a regular substitute has a player efficiency rating of 11.95.
Joe Ingles who plays as the shooting guard has assisted on 4.3 times per game besides 12. points and has been on the pitch for 27 minutes in this season.
He has Jordan Clarkson for company who is supremely fit and was one of top scorers against Lakers. The point guard has an efficiency rating of 16.65.
Rudy Gobert who plays as the center and power forward has a field goal percentage of 67 and a free throw percentage of 61.3 in 56 games.
Bojan Bogdanovic has also been one of the solid finds with the small forward stepping up in crunch situations. He gave away 19 points and 4 assists in the last game.
Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz NBA Odds and Predictions: Predicted Winner
The Utah Jazz are in the zone with formidable success whereas the Houston Rockets are facing a lot of flak after failing to put up strong performances. This is quite reflective in the outright predictions provided by platforms like Oddschecker and SMarkets who have not given much of a chance to the Rockets while the Jazz are one of the top 5 favorites to grab the title.
According to FiveThirtyEight, the Jazz have a huge chance of 82% to secure a win with the visiting team requiring something extraordinary to stand a chance.