Rockets To Cover Tonight And Sweep Aside Jazz In First Round

Monday, April 22, 2019 7:23 PM UTC

Monday, Apr. 22, 2019 7:23 PM UTC

The brooms are at the ready as the Houston Rockets look to sweep aside Utah Jazz in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

<p style="text-align:center"><strong>Houston Rockets (3-0 SU &amp; ATS) vs. Utah Jazz (0-3 SU &amp; ATS)</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Monday, April 18, 10:30 PM EST</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Free NBA Pick: <a href="" target="_blank" title="Game Odds">Rockets ATS</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Recommended Sportsbook: <a href=";book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Sportsbook!">5Dimes</a></strong></p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3773951, "sportsbooksIds":[93,1096,19,999991,999996], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>James Harden and company are poised to sweep the Utah Jazz on the road tonight and, by all accounts, it’s an almost certain bet.</p><p>The Utah Jazz have been outplayed and outmuscled in this Western Conference playoff series. Heck, they’ve barely made an impact, save for game 3 in which they lost by merely three points. On that day, Harden took the game upon himself in his typical singular fashion, showing all and sundry why he’s the reigning MVP in the league. The Jazz even led for a stretch before Harden and company turned the game on its head.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank" title="Houston Looks to Knockout the Jazz For the Second Straight Year">Game 1 saw the Rockets reel off a 122-90 victory</a> to cover the -6.5 closing spread on the NBA odds board with plenty of units to spare. Game 2 followed the same rich vein of form for the hosts as they crushed the Jazz 118-98 and covered the -7.0 closing spread across sports betting platforms.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-conversation=\"none\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;&lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Check this out. This is how they were guarding Harden ALL GAME. If the Jazz continue to play him this way, Rockets will sweep the series no problem.&lt;/p&gt;— Tristan (@dfsdubby) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;15 de abril de 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p><a href="" target="_blank" title="Rising Total Makes ‘Under’ The Right Pick For Rockets-Jazz">Game 3 saw the Rockets hit the road</a> and, perhaps, face their most dramatic test in a 104-101 victory. That said, the Rockets got the third win and now they’re poised to sweep the series in Utah.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank" title="Live NBA Odds Board">NBA odds</a> makers have rolled out a rather nominal spread for this game, opening the line with the Rockets laying just -1.5 points. Since open doors the line has been bet up to -3 on account of 68% of the bets going towards Houston. The public is heavy on the Rockets and it’s easy to see why.</p><p>The fourth-seed Rockets have controlled the series from the start over the fifth seed Jazz. They are fourth overall on the offensive side of the ball with an average of 114.7 points per game. Sixth in rebounding with 46.7 boards per game and 13th with 20.3 assists per game. They are also 11th in scoring defense with just 109.2 points allowed per game.</p><p>The Jass were sorely exposed in the first two games before putting up a fight in game 3. That they lost by a mere few points could be a source of inspiration and something for the hosts to cling on when they get underway in Salt Lake City tonight. The looming 0-3 series score however is disheartening. Fact it game 3 was a must win game and now It might be all just a little bit too late. Heck, even the head coach seems deflated, which can’t be inspiring in the locker room.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Obviously a dejected Jazz HC Quin Snyder after Jazz lose game 3 at home, 104-101. &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#Rockets&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Adam Wexler (@KPRC2AdamW) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;21 de abril de 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p>NBA Betting Verdict: There’s two ways to look at Game 3 and how it impacts betting on tonight’s game with your NBA picks. On one hand, there is the fact that it was a close game and the Jazz had plenty of chances, all of which could prove a catalyst for a win – mind you, a pointless game 4 victory in order to delay the inevitable in game 5 in Houston (let’s face it, the Rockets really should win this series). If this notion aligns with your thinking perhaps a light tickle on the hosts as the nominal dogs is the <a href="" target="_blank" title="Discuss this and other games at SBR's NBA Betting Forum">best NBA pick for you</a>.</p><p>On the other hand, we can look at Game 3 as yet another complete and utter failure by the Jazz. The three-points on the board are immaterial when the end result is a third straight loss in the series. Down 0-3 to the Rockets must feel like an insurmountable obstacle. Just look at head coach Quinn Snyder’s demeanour. If he’s that deflated after that loss how is he ever going to rouse the Jazz for tonight’s game with any conviction of a win, never mind turning the series on its head. If this is more your line of thinking, then the Rockets as the road faves must be the choice <a href="" target="_blank" title="More NBA Picks">NBA pick</a>.</p>
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