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Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets

 

The Utah Jazz (15-19) will be hosted by the Houston Rockets (17-19) on Thursday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $10K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball site

Fantasy basketball The Jazz have won two of their last three games, but that’s not indicative of their form. Since injuries to Derrick Favors, Alec Burks and Rudy Gobert, the team has really struggled. The bigger worry is on the defensive end, as they have regressed a lot since the injury bug bit them a few weeks back. Their most recent game was a nightmare in which they lost to the San Antonio Spurs, while allowing 122 points on over 60 percent shooting. The one bright spot in that loss is that the starters got to sit in the fourth quarter and rest for this back-to-back. In the first game against Houston, the Jazz lost a nail biter 93-91 and had some poor late game execution.

The Rockets have lost four of their last five coming into this and the defense has been horrendous. They now rank 26th in points allowed and have regularly been allowing 110-plus as of late. It’s hard to put a finger on why the team is so bad defensively with players like Patrick Beverley, Trevor Ariza and Dwight Howard, but they need to do a better job of stopping transition baskets. The resurgence of Howard is a promising sign though, as he is averaging 22.3 points and 13.5 rebounds over his last four games. With Howard playing like this and James Harden putting up the gaudy numbers he is right now, it’s hard to see much improvement with this team unless they fix something on the other end of the floor. With all that said, the Rockets have a good chance to win here as nine-point favorites in this matchup.

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Utah Jazz vs. San Antonio Spurs

 

The Utah Jazz (15-18) will be hosted by the San Antonio Spurs  (30-6) at the AT&T Center in Minneapolis on Wednesday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $10K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball site

Fantasy BasketballThe Jazz are coming off a heartbreaking defeat to the Rockets on Monday night by a score of 93-91. The Jazz were up by 15 points at one point midway through the third quarter, but weren’t able to overcome a James Harden led comeback by the Rockets. Rodney Hood led the team in scoring with 23 points (6-9 FG, 5-6 3Pt, 6-8 FT), seven assists, one rebound and a steal in 35 minutes. Gordon Hayward added 20 points (7-18 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven rebounds, three assists, three steals, and a block in 36 minutes. Derrick Favors missed his sixth straight game on Monday and his status for remains unclear. The Jazz waived Elijah Millsap on Tuesday, two days before the swingman’s contract became guaranteed. The Jazz haven’t won a road-game in six weeks, even worse, they haven’t won in San Antonio in almost six years.

The Spurs have a chance to win their 30th straight regular-season home-game on Wednesday night. They are firing on all cylinders lately, having rattled off five straight wins, their most recent coming on Monday, defeating the Bucks 123-98. Kawhi Leonard once again led the team with 24 points (9-12 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), two rebounds, two steals, an assist and block in 31 minutes. Timmy Duncan added 14 points (7-12 FG, 0-1 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block in 27 minutes. Tony Parker has been ruled out of Wednesday’s game as he continues to nurse a sore right hip which kept him out of Monday’s win. At 20-0 mark at home this season, the Spurs have won by an average of 16.4 points per game.

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Rockets versus Jazz

 

The Houston Rockets (16-19) will play the Utah Jazz (15-17) at the Vivnt Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT on Monday. Dominate your competitions with our free to use RotoPicker tool, create the winning fantasy NBA contest lineups for Fanpicks.com

Fantasy basketballThe Houston Rockets need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 104.2 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 106.2 points on 46.6 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 28.1 points and 6.7 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 13.8 points and 11.7 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is grabbing 4.9 rebounds and Ty Lawson is dishing 4.3 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. The Rockets are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 15.6 turnovers per game. The Houston Rockets have lost six of their last eight road games. Donatas Motiejunas is questionable with a back injury.

The Utah Jazz look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 96.8 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 96.9 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 18.8 points and 5.2 rebounds while Alec Burks is averaging 14.3 points and 2.1 assists. Rodney Hood is dishing 2.6 assists and Trevor Booker is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The Jazz are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14 turnovers per game. The Utah Jazz have won five of their last six home games. Derrick Favors is questionable with a back injury.

The Rockets are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games following a ATS loss and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Jazz are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 vs. NBA Southwest and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win. The Rockets are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

 

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