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NBA : ATS Matchup
Sunday 4/14/2019Line$ LineOU LineScore




UTAH (50 - 32) at HOUSTON (53 - 29)
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Sunday, 4/14/2019 9:30 PM
Western Conference - Round 1 - Best of 7 - Game 1
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UTAH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games50-32-25.344-3640-42111.755.346.8%55.9106.551.245.2%50.7
Road Games21-20-1523-1721-20110.852.847.0%54.0108.151.146.5%51.5
Last 5 Games3-2-6.54-13-2120.262.249.8%54.2111.856.047.4%51.6
Playoff Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
UTAH Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)111.755.340-8646.8%12-3435.6%19-2673.6%561026218156
vs opponents surrendering111.456.341-8946.1%11-3235.5%18-2376.7%541025218145
Team Stats (Road Games)110.852.840-8647.0%11-3334.9%19-2573.7%54925218156
Stats Against (All Games)106.551.240-8845.2%10-2835.5%17-2275.3%51922228135
vs opponents averaging111.456.241-8946.1%11-3235.4%18-2376.6%531025218135
Stats Against (Road Games)108.151.141-8846.5%10-2736.4%16-2272.7%52922228145

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games53-29+14.140-3939-41113.958.644.9%50.4109.154.546.6%54.5
Home Games31-10+11.623-1622-18116.859.145.1%51.5109.753.946.6%53.9
Last 5 Games4-1+0.44-13-1129.067.848.2%53.4105.848.044.7%57.2
Playoff Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)113.958.639-8744.9%16-4535.6%19-2479.1%501021229135
vs opponents surrendering111.356.141-8946.0%11-3235.5%18-2376.7%531025218145
Team Stats (Home Games)116.859.140-8845.1%17-4636.2%21-2679.1%511022219135
Stats Against (All Games)109.154.540-8746.6%10-3034.0%18-2476.7%551124207155
vs opponents averaging111.456.141-8946.2%11-3135.5%18-2376.3%541025218145
Stats Against (Home Games)109.753.941-8746.6%10-3034.7%18-2377.4%541024217154
Average power rating of opponents played: UTAH 95.7,  HOUSTON 96.1
UTAH - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
3/6/2019@ NEW ORLEANS114-104W-4.5W230U46-8852.3%552041-8946.1%5017
3/8/2019@ MEMPHIS104-114L-4.5L207O35-8242.7%481246-9051.1%5310
3/11/2019OKLAHOMA CITY89-98L-4L226U32-8836.4%541336-7945.6%5816
3/13/2019@ PHOENIX114-97W-8.5W220.5U42-9046.7%631236-8243.9%4312
3/18/2019@ WASHINGTON116-95W-5.5W227U49-9153.8%521734-8142.0%4216
3/20/2019@ NEW YORK137-116W-12.5W211O48-8556.5%441045-8652.3%4614
3/21/2019@ ATLANTA114-117L-7.5L226O43-9445.7%571541-8747.1%5516
3/23/2019@ CHICAGO114-83W-11W213.5U46-9548.4%631133-9235.9%5412
3/27/2019LA LAKERS115-100W-16L219.5U41-8349.4%691137-9738.1%534
4/3/2019@ PHOENIX118-97W-10.5W219.5U44-7757.1%502042-9146.2%4110
4/7/2019@ LA LAKERS109-113L-12L216.5O38-8445.2%441146-8951.7%6016
4/10/2019@ LA CLIPPERS137-143L8W225.5O47-10644.3%641754-10650.9%5812
4/14/2019@ HOUSTON              
4/17/2019@ HOUSTON              

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
3/5/2019@ TORONTO107-95W3.5W228U38-8544.7%50937-8941.6%5513
3/10/2019@ DALLAS94-93W-8L222.5U32-8836.4%541231-7541.3%5916
3/13/2019GOLDEN STATE104-106L-4L228U37-7847.4%401042-8549.4%4814
3/19/2019@ ATLANTA121-105W-7W233U40-7851.3%441439-8446.4%5019
3/20/2019@ MEMPHIS125-126L-5.5L215O42-9444.7%441241-8946.1%6417
3/22/2019SAN ANTONIO111-105W-6T220.5U36-8641.9%54941-9045.6%5311
3/24/2019@ NEW ORLEANS113-90W-9.5W230.5U42-8648.8%531738-9241.3%4915
3/26/2019@ MILWAUKEE94-108L2.5L224U36-9936.4%501342-9444.7%6915
4/2/2019@ SACRAMENTO130-105W-6W225.5O46-9448.9%51742-9544.2%6111
4/3/2019@ LA CLIPPERS135-103W-2.5W229.5O47-8853.4%561538-8146.9%4615
4/5/2019NEW YORK120-96W-18W216P43-10142.6%58637-8245.1%6115
4/9/2019@ OKLAHOMA CITY111-112L-3L229.5U38-8843.2%461140-9641.7%6712
4/20/2019@ UTAH              
4/22/2019@ UTAH              
UTAH: LAST SEASON: 48-34, lost in Western Conference semifinals
COACH: Quin Snyder (fifth season)
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Ricky Rubio (13.1 ppg), G Donovan Mitchell (20.5 ppg), F Joe Ingles (11.5 ppg), F Derrick Favors (12.3 ppg), C Rudy Gobert (13.5 ppg).
KEY LOSSES: F Jonas Jerebko
KEY ADDITIONS: G Grayson Allen PLAYER TO WATCH: Mitchell. His emergence keyed Utah's dominant run to close out the regular season a year ago. Can Mitchell continue to elevate his game in his sophomore NBA season? His rookie season exceeded all expectations as he carved an identity as an electrifying scorer. The Jazz benefited from his scoring punch late in games. Mitchell finished the season averaging 20.5 points while shooting 43.7 percent from the field.
OUTLOOK: Utah appeared headed for the lottery until putting together a dramatic turnaround over the final 35 games last season. With all of last season's key players back in place, the Jazz are counting on continuity and chemistry to help them become a serious postseason threat among Western Conference teams in 2018-19.
HOUSTON: LAST SEASON: 65-17, lost in Western Conference finals.
COACH: Mike D'Antoni (fourth season, 15th NBA season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G James Harden (30.4 ppg), G Chris Paul (18.6 ppg), F P.J. Tucker, (6.1 ppg), F James Ennis (7.1 ppg), C Clint Capela (13.9 ppg).
KEY LOSSES: F Trevor Ariza, F Ryan Anderson, F Luc Mbah a Moute
KEY ADDITIONS: F Carmelo Anthony, Ennis, G Michael Carter-Williams
PLAYERS TO WATCH: A year after Anthony was not amenable to coming off the bench in Oklahoma City, the 10-time All-Star seems ready to accept a reserve role in Houston if it means helping the Rockets to a title. The addition of the talented Anthony, along with Ennis to pick up the slack on defense Houston lost in Ariza leaves the Rockets slightly better than they were a year ago when they lost to Golden State in the conference finals.
OUTLOOK: Harden, last year's MVP, and Paul should be even better in their second year together and Anthony adds a new dimension which greatly upgrades Houston's second unit. Ennis will have to pair with Tucker to provide a defensive presence and Capela must take another step this season after signing a $90 million contract this offseason if the Rockets hope to finally get past the Warriors and win their first title since back-to-back championships in 1994-95.
Rockets look to oust Jazz for second straight season

The Houston Rockets' second-half surge up the Western Conference standings netted the respect befitting a team that pushed Golden State to the brink of elimination before the Warriors rallied and later secured their second championship in succession and third in the span of four years.

Houston not only posted the best record (20-5) in the league following the All-Star break, it ranked second in both offensive (116.0) and defensive (105.3) efficiency while pacing the NBA in net rating (10.7). The Rockets' exceptional play confirmed their status as championship contenders, but even the most dutiful observers might be unaware of who finished second behind Houston in net rating during the unofficial second half of the season: the Utah Jazz.

On Sunday at Toyota Center, the Rockets will host Utah in Game 1 of this first-round series. These teams met last season in the West semis, with Houston claiming that series in five games. And while the Rockets' roster has been largely revamped excluding their core, Utah returns with essentially the same rotation that authored one of the bigger surprises last season.

"We've pretty much got the same group," Jazz center Rudy Gobert said. "Same group of guys with one more year of experience. Donovan (Mitchell) is a better player than he was last year. I'm a better player than I was last year. Jae (Crowder) is a better player than he was last year. If you get the same group with a year of playing together, a year of going through a lot of things, going through ups, going through downs, I think we're better as a group than we were last year."

Some of that improvement, at least relative to the matchup with the Rockets, was displayed early in the season when the Jazz claimed the first two meetings with Houston by a total of 38 points. The Rockets would justifiably point out that their current rotation is far healthier and settled compared to those rocky opening weeks when Houston stumbled to an 11-14 start.

Incrementally, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey rebuilt his roster, jettisoning his offseason acquisitions (Carmelo Anthony, Michael Carter-Williams, James Ennis III) and replacing them with veterans who proved to be superior fits: Kenneth Faried, Austin Rivers and Iman Shumpert.

"I think we've played really well since the All-Star break," Rockets forward P.J. Tucker said. "We've had a couple bad times but put it together and put our team in a good spot. So, going into the playoffs, our team is healthy. Everybody's got a good mindset, and we're ready to go."

The Rockets won their final two meetings with the Jazz during the regular season, and their dramatic second-half improvement on defense remains central to their title hopes. Houston struggled to maintain its aggressive switching defensive style during the first half of the season, with its roster overhaul requiring a span of games for those personnel changes to take hold.

Now that they are whole, with every player aware of their responsibilities, the Rockets have reclaimed their identity with NBA scoring leader James Harden (36.1) leading the way. How Utah handles the Rockets' physicality could swing the series. The Jazz built their reputation on defensive might, but they recognize the challenge Houston offers.

"We have to play through the grabbing," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. "We shot more free throws against them (30.5 per game) than any team in the league that we played this year, so we have to make free throws. We have to have a mentality that it's looking outward for help. We have to find that from within and control the things that we can control."

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 6/16/2019 2:47:57 PM EST

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