Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets, Monday, Free Picks, Predictions, Las Vegas Odds, and NBA Basketball Sports Betting

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Utah at Houston, NBA Sports betting
When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, December 18, 2017
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
TV: 8 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (Utah), AT&T SportsNet Southwest (Houston)
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
711 Utah Jazz +11½ -110 +560 Ov 215½ -115
712 Houston Rockets -11½ -110 -725 Un 215½ -105
 

The fans at Toyota Center will be treated to a game between the Utah Jazz and the Houston Rockets when they take their seats on Monday.

ABOUT THE JAZZ (14-16): Injuries to the frontcourt are beginning to pile up, and center Rudy Gobert is set for another absence after an MRI on Saturday revealed a strained PCL and a bone bruise in his left knee. Gobert, who missed 11 games bridging November and December with a knee injury and struggled after returning before going down again on Friday, is expected to be out at least two weeks. Power forward Derrick Favors, who averaged 16.5 points during Gobert’s first absence, is in the league’s concussion protocol after taking an elbow to the face against the Celtics.

ABOUT THE ROCKETS (24-4): Houston’s only health issue right now involves All-Star guard James Harden, who leads the NBA in scoring (31.5) and is second in assists (9.1) but is battling a knee bruise. Harden nearly missed Saturday’s 115-111 win over the Milwaukee Bucks but decided to suit up and managed 31 points in 39 minutes. “I wasn’t feeling well at all, but the doc came in and just told me that there’s going to be pain for a bit, but you can play through it,” Harden told reporters. “It can’t get worse, but it’s going to be pretty painful until obviously you give it some time. Once he said that, I was like, ‘Let’s go.'”

Oddsmakers opened the Rockets as -11½ point favorites versus the Jazz, while the game’s total opened at 215½.

Two teams streaking in opposite directions meet when the Houston Rockets host the Utah Jazz on Monday. The Rockets own the best record in the NBA and are riding a 13-game winning streak while the Jazz dropped five of their last six to fall out of the top eight in the Western Conference.

Houston’s winning streak coincided with the return of point guard Chris Paul from a knee injury, and the future Hall of Famer intends to keep the streak alive as long as possible. “We want to keep it going. I mean, who likes to lose?” Paul asked reporters. “I said it before: I hate losing more than I like to win. We want to keep this thing going and keep building. You know, people always say, ‘We’ll learn from that,’ that you learn from a loss. Well, let’s win and learn from it, too.” Utah looked like it was turning a corner when it earned a 107-95 win at Eastern Conference-leading Boston on Friday but fell back with a 109-100 setback in Cleveland the next night to drop to 1-3 on the six-game road trip. “There’s always things you want to do better, but the game kind of went the way a lot of Cavaliers games have gone,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder told reporters. “…I thought, overall, we did a good job of trying to hang in there.”

Houston was a 115-111 winner in its last match at home against the Bucks. They failed to cover the -10.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 226 sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Last time out for Utah, they were a 109-100 loser as they battled the Cavaliers on the road. The Jazz covered in the match as a +9.5-point underdog, while 209 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

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Utah:
Team record: 14-16 SU,17-13 ATS
Utah is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games
Utah is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Utah’s last 5 games

Houston:
Team record: 24-4 SU,15-12-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 13 straight games.
Houston is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston’s last 6 games

Next up:
Utah at Oklahoma City Wednesday, December 20
Houston home to Los Angeles Wednesday, December 20

NBA Sports Betting Tips
1. Jazz rookie SG Donovan Mitchell is averaging 25.8 points in eight games this month.

2. Rockets PF Ryan Anderson went scoreless on 0-of-4 shooting Saturday and is averaging 4.8 points while shooting 32.3 percent over the last five contests.

3. Houston already beat Utah twice this season, including a 137-110 home win on Nov. 5 in which Harden collected 56 points and 13 assists.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks:  Houston Rockets will cover the spread at -11½ and the game will go over 215½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Rockets 121, Jazz 108 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

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