NBA Playoff Betting Preview
Houston Rockets at Utah Jazz (Jazz lead 3-2)
Friday, 10:35 pm Eastern – ESPN
SBG Global Opening Line: Jazz – 7.5, Total 180.5
The Utah Jazz realize that they had better take care of business and close out the Houston Rockets on Friday or they will face a game 7 back in Houston on Sunday. The Jazz seemed to have the series totally in hand after winning the first two games in Houston but have now lost two of the past three games. “We have home-court advantage right now and we don’t want to lose it. We need to treat it really like Game 7,” Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko said. SBG Global reports that early NBA betting has the public taking Jazz at Home.
The Rockets routed the Jazz in Game five 95-69 and now it is Houston that has the confidence. “They’re just playing better and better every game. That’s where we’ve got to be concerned,” Utah guard Deron Williams said. “After those first two losses, it seems like they’re a different team – a more determined team.” The Jazz were horrible on Tuesday, committing 18 turnovers and they scored the fewest points they have all season.
SBG Global Current Line: Jazz – 7.5, Total 180
Utah was 37-4 during the regular season at home but one of those losses was to Houston and they also lost game three at home to the Rockets. Utah knows they must win on Friday. “This is going to be their best shot. They really think they have to win this game,” Houston coach Rick Adelman said. The Rockets will look for another big effort from Tracy McGrady who had 29 points on Tuesday. “We’ve stayed confident. When we were down 3-1, we were confident. We never lose our confidence. We feel that we can win in that building,” McGrady said.
Here are the NBA betting stats for Friday’s game. The Rockets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Rockets are 35-17 ATS in their last 52 Friday games. The Rockets are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Rockets are 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings between the two teams. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Jazz are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games. The Jazz are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 playoff games as a favorite. The Jazz are 37-15-1 ATS in their last 53 home games. The Jazz are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Jazz are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
The Under is 5-1 in the Rockets last 6 overall. The Under is 13-3 in the Rockets last 16 vs. the Northwest. The Under is 4-1 in the Rockets last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games.
The Under is 4-1 in Utah’s last 5 vs. the Southwest. The Under is 4-1 in Utah’s last 5 overall. The Over is 7-3 in Utah’s last 10 games as a favorite. The Under is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings in Utah between the two teams.
Pick Utah -7.5 3units.. Jazz get it done at home