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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 4/24/2019Line$ LineOU LineScore




UTAH (51 - 35) at HOUSTON (56 - 30)
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Wednesday, 4/24/2019 8:00 PM
Western Conference - Round 1 - Best of 7 - Game 5 - HOU Leads 3-1
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UTAH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games51-35-27.645-3940-44111.155.046.5%55.9106.651.445.1%50.9
Road Games21-22-1723-1921-20110.052.346.6%54.0108.751.746.6%51.6
Last 5 Games1-4-3.22-31-2106.652.441.7%57.8115.659.245.1%55.2
Playoff Games1-3-2.21-30-
UTAH Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)111.155.040-8646.5%12-3435.2%19-2673.7%561026218156
vs opponents surrendering111.356.241-8946.1%11-3235.4%18-2376.7%541025218145
Team Stats (Road Games)110.052.340-8646.6%11-3334.3%19-2573.8%54925219156
Stats Against (All Games)106.651.440-8845.1%10-2835.6%17-2275.4%51921228135
vs opponents averaging111.456.241-8946.0%12-3335.5%18-2376.7%531024218135
Stats Against (Road Games)108.751.741-8846.6%10-2836.6%16-2273.3%52922228145

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games56-30+15.943-4039-43113.758.544.8%50.6108.754.246.4%54.6
Home Games33-10+13.625-1622-18116.959.345.3%51.5108.953.446.3%53.9
Last 5 Games3-2+0.23-20-3109.257.243.2%52.8101.649.441.0%58.4
Playoff Games3-1+1.83-10-2108.756.543.2%54.599.049.040.8%56.2
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)113.758.539-8744.8%16-4535.6%19-2479.0%511021229135
vs opponents surrendering11155.941-8945.9%11-3235.5%18-2376.6%531024218145
Team Stats (Home Games)116.959.340-8845.3%17-4636.3%21-2679.3%521022219135
Stats Against (All Games)108.754.240-8746.4%10-3033.6%18-2476.7%551123207155
vs opponents averaging111.25641-8946.2%11-3135.5%18-2376.2%541025218145
Stats Against (Home Games)108.953.440-8746.3%10-3034.1%18-2377.4%541024217154
Average power rating of opponents played: UTAH 95.9,  HOUSTON 96.3
UTAH - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
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@ HOUSTON98-118L6.5L216P39-9839.8%581238-8047.5%5418
4/24/2019@ HOUSTON              

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
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@ UTAH104-101W2W214.5U33-8638.4%651332-7741.6%5714
4/22/2019@ UTAH91-107L-2L216U28-7935.4%481537-8643.0%6214
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.
Defense keeps Jazz alive against Rockets

It took until they reached brink of elimination, but the Utah Jazz may have finally figured out how to effectively defend against the Houston Rockets.

Utah needs the late success it found in Game 4 to continue if it hopes to remain alive with a win in Game 5 on Wednesday night in Houston.

The Jazz trailed entering the fourth quarter Monday in Salt Lake City, but the Rockets missed their final 13 3-point attempts as Utah avoided the first-round sweep with a 107-91 win.

"Physicality," Jazz center Rudy Gobert said when asked what fueled the improved defensive effort. "The first two games in Houston we started the games pretty soft, and that's not who we are. The fact that we lost the first two games, we had a reaction of pride, and we came out ready. Game 3 we were ready, (Game 4) we were ready, and Game 5 we're going to be ready."

Utah has shown steady improvement against James Harden and the high-octane Houston offense.

The Rockets shot 50.5 percent from the field while cruising to a 122-90 win in the opener. In Game 2, Houston shot 47.5 percent in a 118-98 win.

As the series relocated to Salt Lake City, the Jazz reclaimed their defensive identity, holding Houston to 38.4 percent shooting in Game 3 (a 104-101 Rockets win) and a 35.4 percent clip on Monday.

The Rockets, perhaps justifiably, could point to the fact that 0-for-13 shooting from deep has as much to do with their own wayward marksmanship as anything the Jazz did defensively.

But Utah can definitely argue that it has made life increasingly difficult for Harden. And when they stood just 12 minutes away from their season concluding, the Jazz found an internal spark.

"You can always control how hard you compete," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. "We were able to continue to compete. I thought the third quarter, we didn't start well and the beginning of the fourth, obviously, we started very well, and then we had guys step up and make plays on both ends of the floor."

Now the onus rests on the Rockets to fashion a counter to the adjustments Utah made at home.

Gobert and Derrick Favors have skillfully protected the rim and thwarted Harden repeatedly. For all the derision the Jazz faced regarding how they defended Harden in Games 1 and 2, their determination and willingness to adapt to changing strategies have served them well.

The Rockets realize that not only must they discover new means to unlock Harden, they also need to dig deep into their emotional reserves to match the fight Utah brought to the table.

Coincidentally, mustering the defensive might that Utah relied upon at home could work equally well for the Rockets in Houston. For all of their offensive weaponry, when the Rockets thrive, they do so by playing unparalleled defense, even against opponents with glittering defensive reputations.

"The way we won most of the other games was imposing our defense," Rockets guard Chris Paul said. "We were able to get stops on demand, and we didn't do that (in Game 4)."

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 8/18/2019 12:47:45 AM EST

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