Utah Jazz (14-16) vs Houston Rockets (14-14) Live | NBA Basketball | Monday, December 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm at Toyota Center
The Houston Rockets take flight in a series of three consecutive wins with James Harden in triple-double, in the form of MVP. Harden will try to guide the Rockets to a fourth straight win by hosting the Utah Jazz on Monday.
Harden scored 29 points in a victory against Portland on Tuesday to start the winning streak and took off against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, scoring 50 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds at 126-111. The reigning MVP regained his place on Saturday in Memphis, filling the frame with 32 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists, while Houston beat the Grizzlies 105-97 to return to .500 to 14-14. The Jazz is trying to win their own winning streak, but have lost three of their last four games, including a 96-89 loss to the Orlando Magic in Mexico City on Saturday, and have trouble finding consistency on offense.
TV: 8 pm ET, NBATV, AT & T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (Utah), AT & T SportsNet Southwest (Houston)
Utah Jazz vs Houston Rockets: Odds
LINE: Rockets -4.5
Utah Jazz vs Houston Rockets: News
THE JAZZ (14-16):
Utah was still above normal sea level when playing in Mexico City and was shooting at 31.5% of the ground, including 7 of 29 during the loss. “We’re absolutely sorry,” Derrick Favors forward told reporters. “It could have affected our shot, you never know, but we do not want to use that as an excuse.” The Rudy Gobert Center remained at six points on two of six shots on Saturday and has stayed below its season average (14.3 points) in the last five games.
THE ROCKETS (14-14):
Houston is not only Harden, but he also received a big boost on Saturday inside the center, Clint Capela, who scored 26 points on 10 shots on 14 and added 10 rebounds. Production within Capela helps the Rockets overcome some shooting difficulties for goalkeeper Eric Gordon, who suffers from knee pain and is one of 17 goals in the last 3 championships. Gordon stayed at a low point of the season with four points on two of 11 shots in 31 minutes in Saturday’s victory.
Utah Jazz vs Houston Rockets: Betting
- The Jazz PG Raul Neto (thigh) has missed the last two games and is questionable for Monday.
- SG Gerald Green of the Rockets is 9 points out of 11, in a range of 3 points in the last three games.
- Utah won the first two games of the season, including a 100-89 win at Houston on October 24.
Utah Jazz vs Houston Rockets: Predictions
Rockets 106, Jazz 104