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Preview: Houston Rockets At Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz are just 3-15 this season but are coming off a 112-104 win over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday. Both teams are coming off a day of rest after winning this past Saturday night. The Jazz seem to be in full tank mode whereas the Rockets are clearly gunning for the ring. With that said, shouldn’t the Jazz just lay down tonight? It’d be a win-win for both teams! The Rockets defeated the Jazz 104-93 earlier this season and lead the season series 1-0. Tonight’s game is at 8:00 PM and can be seen on CSN Houston.

 

The Matchups

Point Guard: Patrick Beverley v.s. Trey Burke

Burke has started just four games this season and is struggling from the field (36.6%). I expect his FG% to rise as the season goes on, but has a tough matchup with Beverley tonight.

Edge: Rockets

 

Shooting Guard: James Harden v.s. Gordon Hayward

The team’s leading scorer at 16.3 ppg, Hayward shot just 3-11 from the field in Saturday’s win. The Rockets will have to have their eyes on the sharpshooter and it wouldn’t surprise me if Parsons saw some time on Hayward.

Edge: Rockets

 

Small Forward: Chandler Parsons v.s. Richard Jefferson

Averaging just 10.4 points in 18 starts this season, Jefferson is likely on one of his last contracts in his career. He’s making $11 million this season and won’t make anywhere near that amount if he plays next season.

Edge: Rockets

 

Power Forward: Terrence Jones v.s. Marvin Williams

Williams is making just his fifth start at PF this season. He’s been playing well in his time, but Terrence Jones has been even better as of late.

Edge: Rockets

 

Center: Dwight Howard v.s. Derrick Favors

Favors is averaging 13.2/9.5 this season and is one of the better younger big men in the game. However, Howard is the best in the game.

Edge: Rockets

 

Bench:

Rockets – Omer AsikFrancisco GarciaOmri CasspiAaron Brooks

Jazz - Diante GarrettAlec BurksJeremy EvansEnes Kanter

 

Edge: Rockets

 

Injuries (Players Listed As Out):

Rockets – Jeremy Lin

Jazz – None

 

Prediction – Rockets 111 – 90

 

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