Written and authored by National Basketball Association Expert Analyst Al Presto. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball Betting news and notes. NBA Premium Picks have been winning at a 75.7% rate and will continue through the 2016 NBA Finals in June 2016. The (15-18) Utah Jazz of the Western Conference Northwest Division will travel to the “SPACE CITY” for a Conference matchup. Utah plays the (17-19) Houston Rockets of the Western Conference Southwest in 2016 NBA action. The teams will play at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Tip-Off time is at 8:00 PM EST. The game is on Thursday, January, 7th 2016. The Best Sports Handicapper believes the Utah Jazz are going in the right direction. The Jazz is going to make a push for a playoff spot this season. Houston has taken a few steps back this season. Speculation around the league is the organization is trying to unload center Dwight Howard. The Opening betting line has Utah as an eight and a half point road Underdog Against The Spread. The Betting Odds Total is 196′-points for Thursday’s game.
The 2015-16 Utah Jazz have won two of their last three straight up and are 3-0 Against The Point Spread in the span. Utah is second in the Division, eight games behind front runners Oklahoma City. If the regular season ended today, the Jazz would be a seventh-seed in the West. Defense is still the strength of the Jazz. Utah allows the opposition 96.9 ppg, 4th in the league. Offensively the roster has plenty of talent, but head coach Quin Snyder wants the team to make a habit of defending. Small Forward Gordon Hayward leads the team in scoring and assists. Center Rudy Gobert is turning out to be a force in the post, grabbing ten rebounds and two and a half shot blocks per contest. Gobert and power forward Derrick Favors are currently out of the lineup with various injuries. Utah may switch to a smaller lineup for back to back games tonight in San Antonio as well as Thursday in “H-TOWN”. The key to a Utah win is to play their signature in your face defense.
The Houston Rockets ended a four-game losing streak at Utah in their last game. The Rockets fired head coach Kevin McHale after a disastrous start to the season. J.B. Bickerstaff is filling the coaching void and is 13-12 in twenty-five games. The Rockets are still one of the most productive offensive teams in the league; they rank fourth scoring the basketball. All-Star Center Dwight Howard and shooting sensation James Harden are barely coexisting. Harden is still one of the premier scorers in all of basketball, averaging a little over twenty-eight points per contest. Howard is tops on the team in rebounds and blocked shots. Howard is still a liability at the free throw line. The key to a Houston victory is to get up and down the court at a fast pace. Houston can’t allow Utah to get into their defensive set. Houston is looking for their second win this season against Utah. The Jazz is also in playoff contention. The Rockets went to the Western Conference finals last season.
Utah is 6-1 Against The Spread their last seven on Thursday’s.
The Betting Odds Under The Total are 13-6 the last nineteen between the teams.
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