NBA Picks: Houston Rockets at Utah Jazz.
Authored by NBA Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2014-15 NBA season opener on Wednesday October 29, 2014 at 9:00 pm est.
The (0-0) Houston Rockets of the NBA Western Conference Southwest division will take on the (0-0) Utah Jazz of the Western Conference Northwest division in 2014-15 NBA action. The game will be played at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Houston Rockets also play on Tuesday night at the Los Angeles Lakers, so they could be (1-0) or (0-1). This Sports Handicapper talked about the Houston Rockets yesterday but there is always more when it comes to this fast pace team. Houston has two of the NBA youngest Superstars in shooting guard James Harden and controversial center Dwight Howard. The is optimism in Salt Lake City for the 2014-15 season as last years all everything points guard Trey Burke enters his second season in the league. Burke spent the offseason adding some muscle to his 6’0 frame. Charliessports.com Is your source for NBA news, notes and Predictions. NBA Betting Line has the Utah Jazz as a 5′ point home underdog Against The Spread and the total is posted at 205 points for Wednesday’s basketball game.
Late News out of Houston is that the team has released Jeff Adrein, Earl Clark and a few others including guard Ish Smith to start the 2014-15 season. The Rockets were good in the 2013-14 regular season but were outed in the playoffs at the hands of the Portland Trailblazers. Coach Kevin McHale knows a little about winning in the NBA, he has a few rings as a members of the Boston Celtics in the late 1980’s. The under is 5-1 the last 6 NBA ATS Predictions played between the teams in Utah and Rockets are only 1-4 Against The Spread their last 5 NBA games played on Wednesday’s. Head Coach Kevin McHale has his work cut out for him, after a disappointing first round playoff loss, expectations are even higher in Southeast Texas. The key word should be defense when talking about the Rockets, they need to learn how to play of that end of the basketball court. Houston can score with any team in the league. Dwight Howard needs to be more involved in the offense, he is the one player that will defend. Free Agent acquisition Trevor Ariza comes in form Washington and should provide leadership.
What is there to say about the Utah Jazz! The 2014 NBA Draft was exciting for most NBA fans and followers but the Jazz passed on a lot of good players and picked Australian Dante Exum, he’s a project but he can run and jump. Utah drafted this kid on potential only. The under is 10-4 the last NBA Expert Predictions between Houston and Utah. Dating back to last season the Utah Jazz dropped 4 of their last 5 to the number. This maybe on the the least talented rosters in the entire NBA, just think Utah once had Paul Milsap and Al Jefferson at the forward and center positions. Both have left for Atlanta and Charlotte. There is a new sheriff in Utah and it’s Quinn Snyder, who last coached at the University of Missouri. Snyder has a lot of coaching to do. The Utah Jazz will be in the draft lottery again this season. The State of Utah is a very nice place to reside and fans of the Jazz deserve a much better product on the basketball court. We just don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel for this organization.