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Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz

Houston Rockets (3-0) at Utah Jazz (0-3)

NBA Basketball: Monday April 22nd, 2019 at 10:30 PM ET (Vivint Smart Home Arena)

Spread (Bovada): Houston Rockets -3.5

Over/Under: 214.5

Moneyline: Utah Jazz +140, Houston Rockets -160

Free NBA Expert Picks, Spreads, Over/Under Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets

The cleaning crew in Vivint Smart Home Arena might not be the only people bring out the brooms in this game 4 first round matchup between the Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets. The first 2 games the Rockets did not let up winning by 32 in game 1 and by 20 in game 2. Harden led the charge with a triple-double in game 2 (32 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists) and was 2 rebounds shy of one in game 1. Game 3 was a completely different story, from an iconic James Harden flop, to Donovan Mitchell missing a wide open 3 to send the game into overtime. The game was close the entire time and Utah forced James Harden to start off 0-15 from the field and 0-8 from 3.  What the stats don’t show is what actually cost Utah the game is the fact not everybody was boxing out for rebounds which allowed Houston to win the game on the glass and overall. Late in the game Joe Ingles missed 2 key box outs on PJ Tucker which allowed Houston to get the ball in crunch time and sent him to the line twice which essentially won the game for the Rockets. Game 4 the Jazz hope to keep the series alive and provide the same stifling defense they had in game 3.

The Houston Rockets are doing everything right and need to make sure they don’t let up on the gas. After what was arguably James Harden’s worst performance ever, Houston still picked up the rest of the scoring slack with 5 other players scoring in double digits and 29 points from their bench. Houston just needs to take away Donovan Mitchell’s offensive presence like they did in Game 1 and Game 2 to easily skate away with this sweep. They sent him to the free throw line 17 times and let him finish with 34 points. It’s been shown that nobody else can pick up the scoring slack if Donovan Mitchell doesn’t provide most of the offense. Houston also needs to keep feeding their MVP (James Harden) and let him get his shot and his confidence back. Last thing they need is their best player to hit a slump.

The Utah Jazz finally showed signs of life in game 3, it wasn’t their offense that showed up it was their defense. With 9 steals and 11 blocks it was easily their best defensive performance of the series. Forcing James Harden to perform so poorly was an eye opener to everybody. As a team Utah is quietly leading all teams in post season in steals with 10.3 a game. If Utah wants a chance to keep this series alive they need to not only keep up their defense they had game 3 but also somebody to help Donovan Mitchell on offense! Utah is the 4th lowest scoring team in the post season (96.3 PPG) and shoot the worst 3-point percentage (25.5%). If they keep that up, then they might as well cancel that game 5 flight back to Houston.

Cover the Spread 365 Betting Trends

Houston Rockets:

Houston is 3-0 in this series ATS

Houston is 12 -16 OU in the last 3 seasons

Houston is 7-1 straight up against opponents this season

Utah Jazz:

Utah is 12-10 ATS as a home underdog in the last 3 seasons

Utah is 19-23 OU in all home games this year

Utah is 6-4 ATS in revenging a close loss of 3 points or less this season

Free NBA Expert Picks, Spreads, Over/Under Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz

Prediction: The Rockets go back to their gameplay from game 1 and game 2 of the series and stop Donovan Mitchell. Which leads to Utah having trouble on offense as usual. James Harden recovers from his atrocious game 3 performance and has a triple-double. Overall Jazz get swept and lose 116- 102.

Picks: Houston Rockets -3.5

           Over: 214.5

           Houston Rockets: -160