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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 4/17/2019Line$ LineOU LineScore




UTAH (50 - 33) at HOUSTON (54 - 29)
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Wednesday, 4/17/2019 9:35 PM
Western Conference - Round 1 - Best of 7 - Game 2 - HOU Leads 1-0
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UTAH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games50-33-26.444-3740-42111.555.146.7%55.8106.751.345.2%50.7
Road Games21-21-1623-1821-20110.352.546.8%53.9108.551.346.6%51.5
Last 5 Games2-3-8.53-23-1114.659.846.5%53.8116.857.248.3%53.6
Playoff Games0-1-10-10-
UTAH Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)111.555.140-8646.7%12-3435.5%19-2673.8%561026218156
vs opponents surrendering111.456.241-8946.1%11-3235.4%18-2376.7%541025218145
Team Stats (Road Games)110.352.540-8646.8%11-3234.7%19-2574.0%54925218156
Stats Against (All Games)106.751.340-8945.2%10-2835.5%17-2275.4%51922228135
vs opponents averaging111.456.241-8946.0%11-3235.4%18-2376.7%531024218135
Stats Against (Road Games)108.551.341-8846.6%10-2736.5%16-2273.0%51922228145

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games54-29+15.141-3939-41114.058.645.0%50.4108.954.446.6%54.5
Home Games32-10+12.624-1622-18116.959.145.3%51.5109.253.746.4%53.8
Last 5 Games4-1+0.44-12-1127.467.248.5%53.4102.847.643.8%54.6
Playoff Games1-0+11-00-0122.059.050.5%
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)114.058.639-8745.0%16-4535.6%19-2479.1%501021229135
vs opponents surrendering111.25641-8946.0%11-3235.5%18-2376.7%531025218145
Team Stats (Home Games)116.959.140-8845.3%17-4636.2%21-2679.2%511022219125
Stats Against (All Games)108.954.440-8746.6%10-3033.9%18-2476.9%541123207154
vs opponents averaging111.356.141-8946.2%11-3135.5%18-2376.3%541025218145
Stats Against (Home Games)109.253.740-8746.4%10-3034.5%18-2377.6%541024217154
Average power rating of opponents played: UTAH 95.8,  HOUSTON 96.1
UTAH - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
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@ HOUSTON90-122L6.5L212P30-7739.0%481848-9550.5%5110
4/17/2019@ HOUSTON              

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
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.
Jazz make adjustments ahead of Game 2 vs. Rockets

Just one game into this Western Conference first-round series and Utah coach Quin Snyder has opened himself up to criticism for the defensive strategy the Jazz employed on Sunday in Game 1 against arguably the most formidable scorer in the NBA: Rockets guard James Harden.

Utah, which closed the season ranked second to Milwaukee in defensive efficiency at 105.2 points allowed per 100 possessions, opted for an extreme shading of the left-handed Harden in an attempt to force him to his off hand. How that gambit worked, ignoring the bizarre optics of Harden often gaining unfettered access to the lane with Jazz guard Ricky Rubio trailing, is up for interpretation as Utah and Houston prepare for Game 2 on Wednesday back at the Toyota Center.

Harden needed 26 shot attempts to record a game-high 29 points and attempted only three free throws. Harden, who finished 4 for 10 on 3-pointers, paced the league in 3s and free throws, so from a Jazz perspective, their opting not to defend Harden traditionally yielded favorable results, even though the Rockets rolled to a 122-90 victory while Harden flirted with a triple-double.

"It's a game plan that's not just for one game," Rubio said. "We've got a whole series and we've got to do it over and over again. We've got to make it tough for one of the best players right now in the league, and he's a great scorer.

"We have to get to know the game plan better. I think as the series goes on, we're going to get better. We're going to make adjustments, we're going to do this and that. We have one of the best if not the best coach (at) making adjustments."

Harden recorded 10 assists and would have surely recorded more had his teammates not repeatedly missed open 3-pointers off his pinpoint -- and occasionally brilliant -- passing. With defensive stalwart Rudy Gobert protecting the rim, the Jazz prevented Harden from feasting on layups and forced him into difficult floaters instead. Harden adjusted quickly with passes out of penetration, and the Rockets seized control early and weathered a Utah run in the third quarter.

Of equal concern for the Jazz was Houston earning a stalemate on the glass. Utah closed the season ranked third in rebounding rate while the Rockets scuffled throughout the year on the boards, particularly securing defensive rebounds. Yet, Houston posted a 42-41 edge on the glass.

What Utah does defensively with Harden will continue to shape the series, but the Jazz also need to reestablish their advantage on the backboards to reclaim any positive momentum.

"If you give up a dunk it feels a certain way. If you give up a 3 it can feel a certain way, but you're going to give something up," Snyder said. "We had some breakdowns in the halfcourt, no question. Some of that is going to happen, even when you're good because of their ability to make plays. But I thought really in the first half and some in the second, too, our inability to secure a rebound or a loose ball when we did get a stop (proved detrimental)."

The Rockets weren't reveling in their success in the opener. After claiming Game 1 of their West semifinal series with Utah last season, the Rockets dropped Game 2 at home. That bit of history will serve as a driving force as Houston strives for a 2-0 series advantage.

"It's only one game," Harden said. "They're going to make adjustments, we have to make adjustments and play that much harder and smarter. We'll let it sink in and get ready to go."

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 7/16/2019 2:07:33 AM EST

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