NBA Picks for Rockets vs. Jazz Monday Night

Monday, December 2, 2013 3:32 PM UTC

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

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.
<p style="text-align:center"> <style type="text/css"><!-- br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;} --></style> <span style="font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans,sans-serif;font-weight:normal;color:#000000;text-align:left"></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Let’s take a closer look at the <a href="/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" title="Live NBA Odds &amp; Basketball Betting Lines" target="_blank">NBA odds</a> for this Western Conference matchup at EnergySolutions Arena, with the opening tip scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET.</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p style="text-align:center"><em>Make sure to also check out our: </em><em style="font-size:1em">NBA Monday Picks of the Day</em></p> <p style="text-align:center"><em><a href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-tuesday-picks-the-day-a-35279/" title="NBA Tuesday Picks of the Day" target="_blank"></a></em></p> <p><b>Scoring at will</b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>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.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>The <a href="/nba-basketball/betting-stats/" title="Current NBA Team Stats" target="_blank">Rockets have averaged 111.6 points</a> 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.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p><b>Aiming for consecutive wins</b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>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.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>The Jazz may be able to pull off the upset in this spot due to the recent play of <a href="" title="Share your thoughts on the rookie" target="_blank">rookie point guard Trey Burke</a>, 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.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p><b>A bad situation</b></p> <p><a href="" title="Share your thoughts with fellow NBA Handicappers in our betting forums" target="_blank">NBA handicappers need to realize</a> 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.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>It’s still important to point out that Houston has won four consecutive games in this series due to averaging 113.3 points.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p><b>Playing at home</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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.</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>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.</p> <p>[gameodds]5/248818/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Prediction</b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>I’m going to recommend that readers back the Jazz in the opening 24 minutes with their <a href="/nba-basketball/" title="Free NBA Picks &amp; Basketball Betting Predictions" target="_blank">NBA picks</a>, as the Rockets are getting outscored in the first and second quarters on the road this season.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p><strong>NBA Pick:  </strong>Utah Jazz +4 First Half </p>
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