NBA PREVIEWS |

Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz Preview and Predictions 12-06-2018 in NBA


The Utah Jazz established a season high for points in their last outing and look to keep the offense churning when they host the Houston Rockets on Thursday. Utah has won four of its last six games and knocked down a franchise-record 20 3-pointers in Tuesday's 139-105 trouncing of the visiting San Antonio Spurs.

The Jazz set their 3-point mark in just 33 attempts and 10 different players connected on at least one from behind the arc during the impressive victory. "When you make a lot of 3s, it definitely helps for sure," Utah star guard Donovan Mitchell told reporters after making four 3-pointers. "But just continuing to drive the ball, finding guys on the perimeter, finding the big fella (Rudy Gobert) for the lob, whatever it may be, just making the right play was huge for us." The Rockets were at the other end of the spectrum in Monday's 103-91 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves as they scored just 29 second-half points, including nine in the fourth quarter. "For whatever reason, the second half we played without any kind of spirit or energy," Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni told reporters. "Things were going great in the first half, and then at the end of the first half we let them come back."

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT, AT&T Sportsnet Southwest (Houston) LINE: Jazz -1.5 

ABOUT THE ROCKETS (11-12): Houston had topped 100 points in 11 straight games prior to the flat second half that occurred in the opener of a three-game road swing. "In the second half, we just laid an egg," Rockets guard Eric Gordon told reporters. "They had everything going. You could tell by their confidence. They just played better defensively." Star guard James Harden scored 29 points for his 13th consecutive 20-point outing and 18th of the campaign while center Clint Capela scored 24 to top 20 for the sixth time in the past 11 games.



ABOUT THE JAZZ (12-13): Swingman Kyle Korver played his first home game of his second stint with the club and performed in style by making 3-of-4 from 3-point range and scoring 15 points in 15 minutes against the Spurs. Korver was acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers for guard Alec Burks and two second-round draft picks and he expressed excitement for being back in the arena he played in from 2007-10. "It was a great first night back," Korver told reporters after the contest. "I have a lot of good memories of this place. We played really good basketball. The ball was moving. We were playing for each other."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Mitchell scored 38 points as the Jazz posted a 100-89 road victory on Oct. 24 to snap a four-game losing streak against the Rockets in the regular season.

2. Houston PG Chris Paul scored a season-low five points on 1-of-8 shooting versus the Timberwolves.

3. Utah PG Ricky Rubio is averaging 16 points on 19-of-34 shooting over the past three games.

Prediction

News Breaking News

News Recaps

Key Players to Watch

Stadium

EnergySolutions Arena
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Capacity: 19,911

Buy Tickets

no tickets found.

Last Injuries

utah-jazz Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Donovan Mitchell 77 77 1829 322 46 1530 661 396 319 519 188 59
Rudy Gobert 81 80 1284 161 27 712 476 522 332 0 0 309
Joe Ingles 82 82 994 469 27 802 359 123 87 483 189 35
Jae Crowder 80 11 951 133 30 797 318 197 142 522 173 60
Derrick Favors 76 70 897 89 25 619 363 228 154 78 17 207
Defensive
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Rudy Gobert 81 80 732 187 66 130 231 8
Derrick Favors 76 70 353 106 56 84 163 3
Jae Crowder 80 11 324 31 64 85 170 11
Joe Ingles 82 82 295 20 98 193 180 6
Royce O'Neale 82 16 263 24 54 70 172 3

houston-rockets Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
James Harden 78 78 2818 586 61 1909 843 858 754 1028 378 66
Clint Capela 67 67 1114 96 31 732 474 261 166 0 0 298
Eric Gordon 68 53 1103 129 36 938 384 152 119 600 216 17
Chris Paul 58 58 906 473 32 720 302 203 175 355 127 36
Gerald Green 73 0 675 40 25 578 231 68 57 441 156 30
Defensive
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Clint Capela 67 67 550 102 44 94 168 2
James Harden 78 78 452 58 158 387 244 8
PJ Tucker 82 82 358 39 132 63 252 4
Chris Paul 58 58 229 18 114 152 146 6
Gerald Green 73 0 152 27 33 55 126 2