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#537 Houston Rockets 224.5 vs.
#538 Utah Jazz -12
Monday, January 27, 2020 at 9:05pm EST
Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz

Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

When: Monday, January 27, 9:00 PM. ET.

The Utah Jazz will be going for their fifth consecutive win when they take on the Houston Rockets on Monday night.

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Rockets Trying To Bounce Back From Loss To Nuggets

The Rockets had their two-game winning streak snapped by the Denver Nuggets in their last game and will try to bounce back from the loss with a win over the Jazz, which will give them their third win in their last four games.

Houston is the second-best offensive team in the league, averaging 118.7 points per game. The team is shooting 45 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range. They finished with 110 points in their last game and will need another solid offensive performance if they want to beat the Jazz.

Russell Westbrook led the way for the Rockets with 32 points and seven rebounds. Eric Gordon finished with 19 points and three rebounds, while Ben McLemore added 15 points for the Rockets.

James Harden missed the game against Denver with a thigh injury and is listed as questionable for this game. Westbrook played on Sunday but will sit out this game to rest.

Houston has struggled defensively, holding opponents to 114.2 points per game. They gave up 117 in their last game and will need to play significantly better to beat the Jazz.

Jazz Going For 15th Win In 16 Games

The Jazz are the hottest team in the league right now and have won 14 of their last 15 games. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Rockets, which will give them their fifth win in a row and 15th win in their last 16 games.

Utah has played well offensively, averaging 111.1 points per game. The team is shooting 47 percent from the field and 38 percent from three-point range. They finished with 112 points in their last game and will need another solid offensive performance if they want to beat the Rockets.

Donovan Mitchell led the way for the Jazz with 25 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Bojan Bogdanovic finished with 23 points and one rebound, while Rudy Gobert added 22 points and 17 rebounds for the Jazz.

Utah is one of the best defensive teams in the league, holding opponents to 105.8 points per game. They gave up 107 points in their last game and will need another solid performance to get past the Rockets.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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The Rockets have the second-best offense in the league, averaging 118.7 points per game. Even though they are playing well on offense, they will have a hard time scoring against the Jazz, who are holding opponents to 105.8 points per game and 103 points per game at home, especially with Westbrook out and Harden listed as questionable. The Jazz have also picked things up on the offensive end and are averaging 111.1 points per game. They are averaging 122.8 points per game in their last five games and won’t have trouble scoring against the Rockets, who are giving up 114.2 points per game and 117 points per game on the road. The Jazz also do a better job finding the open shooter, averaging 22.2 assists per game to Houston’s 21.7 assists per game. With the Jazz winning their last nine home games, Utah is the best bet here.

Prediction: Utah Jazz

Full-Game Total Pick

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The Jazz are shooting the ball well right now, averaging 122.8 points per game and will go over their season average of 111.1 points per game against the Rockets, who are giving up 117 points per game on the road. However, the teams will stay under the total because the Rockets will have a hard time keeping up offensively without their top two scorers and will fall short of their season average against the Jazz, who are giving up 103 points per game at home. With the Jazz and Rockets playing under the total in seven of their last 10 games, the under is the smart play here.

Prediction: Under

Half-Time Side Pick

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The Rockets will cover the first-half spread in this game because they have outplayed the Jazz in the first half of their last three games, averaging 62.3 points per game while the Jazz average 58.7 points per game.

Prediction: Houston Rockets

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The Jazz and Rockets are averaging 121 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and will go over the first-half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.