Jazz vs. Rockets: Game 5 Prediction, NBA Playoff Odds

10 May, 2018, 00:18 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • Donovan Mitchell Clint Capela

Utah is coming off a pair of double-digit losses at home in which the Rockets dominated from start to finish for the most part and now trail 3-1 in the series.

"I thought our defense was superb", Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said.

Paul dropped 27 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in the 13-point win, which coincidentally fell on his 33rd birthday.

Chris Paul had 27 points and 12 rebounds while James Harden scored 24 points to power the Houston Rockets to a 100-87 win over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night, taking a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series. "That doesn't show up on the stat sheet", Paul said. We have yet to see that real offensive explosion from the Rockets, something you sometimes see in close out games when the crowd gets behind them.

Houston led by as many as 19 in the third quarter, but Utah cut the deficit to 85-80 with a 15-6 fourth-quarter surge, fueled by Donovan Mitchell and solid bench minutes by Raul Neto.

In the first four games against Utah, Capela has already gotten 10 alley oop attempts and 17 total dunks. They ended the regular season 29-6, embarrassed the Oklahoma City Thunder in a first-round series, and then shocked the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of their second-round series, sending things back to home territory knotted up at one. The Jazz also need a big game from Joe Ingles in game 5 if they are going to avoid elimination. The Warriors added Andre Iguodala to the starting lineup, and he opened a game on the floor with Durant, Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green for the first time. There might not be many playoff games I've played in, but he's been at all of them. The lanky point guard, who has struggled with injuries for most of his still-young career, grabbed at his hamstring, collapsed on his way to the locker room and was later ruled out for the game. There is still no timetable on his return. The Jazz are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Houston, 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings and under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. Big man Clint Capela has been huge in their switching system completely shutting down Utah from the perimeter, and has also consistently shut the door on them inside.

The Houston Rockets' dynamic offence and All-Star backcourt get most of the attention, but it's their defence that has been their bedrock in the playoffs.

In their last five games, Utah is 1-4 ATS with 3 unders, 1 over and 1 push.

"I saw he was trying to put my brother out".

The Rockets started the second quarter on an 8-0 run, their lead ballooning to 15 after a lovely Luc Mbah A Moute left-handed layup through the foul and ensuing free throw.

After colliding with Harden during a screen, Royce O'Neale collapsed to the ground in pain.

"Well, this game we missed 22 shots at the time", Snyder said. "But in order to beat them you have to be able to convert those opportunities, and we just didn't".


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