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Utah Jazz vs Houston Rockets: NBA live scores

24th February, 2016

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Utah Vs Houston

2015/16 NBA Championship, 24 February, 2016

Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
Utah 103 v Houston 101 (4P)
Utah LIVE Houston
103 P4 101
34 Q1 23
22 Q2 28
23 Q3 32
24 Q4 18
 
Tip-off: 1pm (AEDT)
Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Utah
TV: None in Australia
Betting: Jazz $1.47, Rockets $2.75
Last meeting: 07/01/2016 - Rockets 103 defeat Jazz 94 @ Toyota Center

Utah Jazz (expected)
Point guard: Raul Neto
Shooting guard: Rodney Hood
Small forward: Gordon Hayward
Power forward: Derrick Favors
Centre: Rudy Gobert
Bench: Trey Lyles, Trevor Booker, Joe Ingles, Chris Johnson, Shelvin Mack, Trey Burke, Jeff Withey

Houston Rockets (expected)
Point guard: Patrick Beverley
Shooting guard: James Harden
Small forward: Trevor Ariza
Power forward: Josh Smith
Centre: Dwight Howard
Bench: Clint Capela, Corey Brewer, Jason Terry, Monterzl Harrell, Ty Lawson, K.J. McDaniels, Terrence Jones
All the pressure falls on James Harden and his beard for the Rockets. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)
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24th February, 2016
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After a strong start to the season, things have been spiralling out of control for the Houston Rockets, and they must find a way to turn it around when they go on the road to play the middle-of-the-road Utah Jazz. Join The Roar for live scores from 1pm (AEDT).

The Jazz started the season completely dissimilar to the Rockets, being well down in the bottom half of the west during the early goings of the 2015-16 season. That run down the bottom though, has well and truly come to an end with the Jazz recording some big wins and getting towards the provisional playoff seeds.

In fact, the Jazz won seven games in a row before losing three of their last four which only heaps the pressure on this game.

The Rockets meanwhile, as mentioned had a strong start to the season, sitting up near the top of the west early on. From there though it has all been downhill, with the Rockets stumbling from loss to loss and now sitting eighth place, just half a game ahead of the Jazz.

The run for the Rockets has been atrocious, winning only three of their last nine games.

The teams have already matched up on two occasions this season, with them both coming in early January, just three days apart.

With vastly opposite seasons for each team compared to now, the Rockets recorded two wins over the Jazz, inserting their dominance.

The first match, playing in Utah saw it go back and forth the whole way, before Houston pulled away at the end through 30 points from James Harden, as they won by two.

The second, played in Houston, saw the Rockets win a lot more comfortably by nine points. James Harden would again be the star, dropping 33 points.

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It appears Harden will once again be the key to the match, and thus far the Jazz just haven’t been able to match his scoring habits against them. With plenty of injuries to big men for the Rockets, they will really struggle to have a good inside game in this one, and more than likely turn to Harden more often than not.

It will be important for the Jazz to get double teams on Harden at every opportunity, and make the most of the time that Dwight Howard spends on the bench.

Prediction
Utah has been just about as unpredictable as you can get while Houston has been on a downward spiral. While the influence of Harden can’t be understated, the Rockets with injuries to big men just don’t have the inside game when Howard is off the court to match it with the Jazz playing away from home.

Jazz by 7.

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