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#543 Houston Rockets 235 vs.
#544 Utah Jazz -2
Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 9:05pm EST
Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City
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Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz

Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena

When: Saturday, February 22, 2020, 9:00 pm ET

We have a Western Conference NBA matchup to consider when the Houston Rockets meet the Utah Jazz for game three of their three-game season series. The Rockets are 35-20 this season and enter this matchup riding a two-game winning streak. Utah is 36-19 this season and is coming off a Friday night loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

Rockets Two Game Winning Streak

The Rockets have won three of its last five games and if the regular season were to end today, Houston would be the fifth seed in the West and 7.5 games behind the Lakers for the top spot in the West. Saturday marks game two of a two-game road trip and Houston boasts a record of 16-12 away from home and has won three of its past five road games.

Houston scores 118.5 points while allowing 114.3 points per game and is shooting 45.3 percent from the field, 34.9 percent from downtown and 78.9 percent from the charity stripe this season.

The Rockets have eight players scoring in double figures and are led by All-Star guard James Harden. Harden scores an average of 35.2 points per game with 6.5 caroms and leads Houston with 7.4 assists per game. Harden drains 35.6 percent of his triple attempts this season and scored 29 points with ten assists in the Rockets road win over Golden State.

Jazz Fall to San Antonio

The Jazz has won four of its last five games and is currently fourth in the conference standings and 6.5 games behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the top position in the Western Conference. Saturday marks game three of a six-game homestand and Utah has a record of 20-6 at home and has won two of its last five home games.

Utah scores 111.1 points while allowing 107.3 points per game and is shooting 47.3 percent from the field, 38.6 percent from downtown and 76.9 percent from the charity stripe this season.

The Jazz has six players scoring in double figures and are led by All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell scores an average of 24.1 points per game with 4.3 caroms and 4.3 assists per game. Mitchell drains 36.3 percent of his triple attempts this season and scored 12 points with four assists in the Jazz home loss to San Antonio.

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I will be going with the Jazz to win this game. Utah was playing fantastic at home until Friday night and you can bet that Mitchell is going to want to make up for the stinker he laid on Friday night. Houston is all offense and not much defense and I suspect their small-ball lineup won’t work as well against a Jazz team that usually prides itself on defense. I will lay the two points and play Utah to cover over Houston.

Prediction: Utah -2

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I am going with the OVER 235 points in this matchup. These are two of the best three-point shooting teams in the NBA and we are going to see plenty of triple attempts tonight. The Rockets are the second fastest-paced team in the NBA and they will drag Utah into a pace-up contest that will surely produce enough possessions to exceed the total. I will play OVER 235 points in this contest.

Prediction: Over 235
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Written By Phil Naessens , "Philly Flash"

Phil Naessens is a professional high-performance tennis coach, writer, and radio host currently based in Cleveland Ohio. Phil is also known as “Fantasy Phil” and has a high level of experience as a former professional Daily Fantasy Sports player with 18 GPP wins. He is now solely focused on sports handicapping and sports betting and has joined OUR TEAM to help everyone win on a consistent basis.