Houston Rockets (2-0) at Utah Jazz (0-2)
NBA Basketball: Saturday April 20th 2019 at 10:35 PM EDT (Vivint Smart Home Arena)
Line and Odds: Utah Jazz -2.5
Moneyline: Houston Rockets +110, Utah Jazz -130
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Welcome to game 3 of the Western Conference first round playoffs between the Houston Rockets and the Utah Jazz. The Rockets dominated the first two games and they have a 2-0 series lead. It’s been all James Harden in this series as he did a double-double of 29 points and 10 assists in game 1. In game 2, Harden did a triple-double of 13 rebounds, 10 assists, and 32 points. Plus everyone else is playing well. Meanwhile, Utah hasn’t scored 100 points in this series yet and the main stars have to keep up with the Rockets or at least try to slow them down. Maybe the altitude will help slow down Houston as well. It should be an interesting game 3 as it shifts to Utah.
The Houston Rockets are in prime playoff form. The beard is doing his thing. Clint Capela is getting boards and scoring. Chris Paul has been lighting the hoop up too. Houston has been shooting close to 50 percent from the field and 15 plus threes a game. The Rockets are nearly perfect from the free throw line and taking care of the basketball. Houston will come out firing again and the altitude will not slow them down. Look for the Rockets to win by 10 plus points.
The Utah Jazz will need to get off to a good start in game 3. They need to get the home crowd into it early and let the Rockets know that this series is far from over. Utah has had some scoring from everyone, but it’s not enough against the hot Rockets. The Jazz have been shooting around 40 percent from the field and getting badly outshot from three point land. The turnovers aren’t helping their case and Houston is capitalizing on them. At least Utah was able to win the points in the paint battle of 58-38. Donovan Mitchell needs a huge game for his team and Ricky Rubio needs to get going too. The Jazz will need to play perfect to steal game 3 from Houston.
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So, who will win game 3? The Rockets are playing perfect basketball right now and they would like to put a stranglehold on this series. That way they can have more time to rest and get ready to play the tougher teams like the Golden State Warriors. Harden will have another double-double and parade to the foul line. Utah needs to play desperate from the start and make sure their three point game gets going. Rudy Gobert will need to grab more boards and stop most of the point in the key. Utah needs to mess up the Houston groove early. The Jazz will rattle the Rockets a bit but Houston wins 115-110.