NBA Picks for Rockets vs. Jazz Monday Night

Jeff Grant

Monday, December 2, 2013 3:32 PM GMT

Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 3:32 PM GMT

The Houston Rockets have had their way against the Utah Jazz recently, but the scoreboard may reflect a closer score than anticipated at halftime Monday night.

Let’s take a closer look at the NBA odds for this Western Conference matchup at EnergySolutions Arena, with the opening tip scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET. 

Make sure to also check out our: NBA Monday Picks of the Day

Scoring at will 

Houston has gone 8-1 SUATS over its last nine games, which includes a 112-106 victory over the San Antonio Spurs as 6.5-point road underdogs last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive contest. 

The Rockets have averaged 111.6 points on 51.2 percent shooting over this recent run—leading directly to being the top scoring team in the league heading into Monday’s action. 

Aiming for consecutive wins 

Utah hasn’t won back-to-back games during the 2013-14 campaign, as it comes off a 112-104 victory over the Phoenix Suns as 8.5-point road underdogs last time out, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive contest. 

The Jazz may be able to pull off the upset in this spot due to the recent play of rookie point guard Trey Burke, who is averaging 15.7 points over his last three games. He missed the first 12 games of the season due to a finger injury. 

A bad situation

NBA handicappers need to realize that the Rockets are 0-6 ATS as road favorites of 6.5 to 9 points the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 5-1 in that situation. 

It’s still important to point out that Houston has won four consecutive games in this series due to averaging 113.3 points. 

Playing at home

The Jazz picked up their first road win in 10 tries last time out, but they’ve still played their best basketball at home—posting a 4-4 ATS record at this venue during the 2013-14 season. 

Utah owns a 97-83 SU all-time record in this series, including a dominating 61-29 mark when playing in front of its loyal fan base.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Jazz in the opening 24 minutes with their NBA picks, as the Rockets are getting outscored in the first and second quarters on the road this season. 

NBA Pick:  Utah Jazz +4 First Half 

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