Preview: Rockets at Jazz

The Utah Jazz established a season high for points in their last outing and look to keep the offense churning when they host the Houston Rockets on Thursday. Utah has won four of its last six games and knocked down a franchise-record 20 3-pointers in Tuesday’s 139-105 trouncing of the visiting San Antonio Spurs.

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The Jazz set their 3-point mark in just 33 attempts and 10 different players connected on at least one from behind the arc during the impressive victory. “When you make a lot of 3s, it definitely helps for sure,” Utah star guard Donovan Mitchell told reporters after making four 3-pointers. “But just continuing to drive the ball, finding guys on the perimeter, finding the big fella (Rudy Gobert) for the lob, whatever it may be, just making the right play was huge for us.” The Rockets were at the other end of the spectrum in Monday’s 103-91 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves as they scored just 29 second-half points, including nine in the fourth quarter. “For whatever reason, the second half we played without any kind of spirit or energy,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters. “Things were going great in the first half, and then at the end of the first half we let them come back.”

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ABOUT THE ROCKETS (11-12): Houston had topped 100 points in 11 straight games prior to the flat second half that occurred in the opener of a three-game road swing. “In the second half, we just laid an egg,” Rockets guard Eric Gordon told reporters. “They had everything going. You could tell by their confidence. They just played better defensively.” Star guard James Harden scored 29 points for his 13th consecutive 20-point outing and 18th of the campaign while center Clint Capela scored 24 to top 20 for the sixth time in the past 11 games.

ABOUT THE JAZZ (12-13): Swingman Kyle Korver played his first home game of his second stint with the club and performed in style by making 3-of-4 from 3-point range and scoring 15 points in 15 minutes against the Spurs. Korver was acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers for guard Alec Burks and two second-round draft picks and he expressed excitement for being back in the arena he played in from 2007-10. “It was a great first night back,” Korver told reporters after the contest. “I have a lot of good memories of this place. We played really good basketball. The ball was moving. We were playing for each other.”

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Mitchell scored 38 points as the Jazz posted a 100-89 road victory on Oct. 24 to snap a four-game losing streak against the Rockets in the regular season.

2. Houston PG Chris Paul scored a season-low five points on 1-of-8 shooting versus the Timberwolves.

3. Utah PG Ricky Rubio is averaging 16 points on 19-of-34 shooting over the past three games.

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Jazz at Rockets Game 2 Preview

The Houston Rockets look to take a 2-0 lead when they host the Utah Jazz on Wednesday in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinal series. Star guard James Harden scored 41 points in Houston’s series-opening 110-96 victory to continue his season-long assault of the Jazz.

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Harden averaged 34.3 points in four meetings with the Utah in the regular season — including a 56-point outing — and the defensive-minded Jazz once again had no answers on slowing down the MVP candidate. “You can put a list of about 28 other teams that don’t have an answer, either,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters. “There’s no answer. He might play bad because he’s human, but there’s nothing that you can conceivably come up with to stop him.” Utah isn’t fretting over the Game 1 loss as it also lost the opener of its first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder before recovering to win in six games. “We were in the exact same situation,” Jazz small forward Joe Ingles told reporters. “Everyone had written us off after Game 1, probably the way they have now. We have a great group. We love being able to have the time to watch the film and make some adjustments.”

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ABOUT THE JAZZ: Rookie guard Donovan Mitchell is picking up a large portion of the ball-handling with veteran point guard Ricky Rubio (hamstring) sidelined and he committed four turnovers to go with 9-of-22 shooting while scoring 21 points in the opener. The point total was Mitchell’s lowest in seven games this postseason and he was also hampered by a sore ankle, which he insists won’t be a problem in Game 2. “My head was never down, and I don’t think my teammates’ heads were down,” Mitchell told reporters. “It’s one game out of a long series.”

ABOUT THE ROCKETS:
 Harden had nothing to reveal for why he typically enjoys success against a team that ranked sixth in scoring defense at 102.4 during the regular season. “For the most part, I’m going to do what I do,” Harden told reporters. “Offensively I think this team, us, we’re different. We’ve seen so many different defenses throughout the year that have prepared us for this moment, whether it’s (Utah center Rudy) Gobert being back at the rim or teams switching or whatever. We’ve seen pretty much it all, all year.” Harden received complementary help from point guard Chris Paul (17 points), center Clint Capela (16 points, 12 rebounds) and forward PJ Tucker (15 points) in the opener.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. It remains unclear whether Rubio will return later in the series — the length of it would be one of the factors.

2. Utah reserve F Jae Crowder had 21 points and five 3-pointers in the series opener, his second-best totals in each category this postseason.

3. Houston reserve SG Eric Gordon missed all six of his shots in Game 1 and is shooting just 31.4 percent from the field in the postseason.

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2018 NBA Playoffs

Second-round preview

With the second round under way, let’s dive in straight into the series on hand.

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Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers have knocked the Toronto Raptors out of the playoffs the last two years but the Raptors are finally the favored team and hope to play like it when the teams begin their Eastern Conference semifinals matchup.

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Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers

The Boston Celtics needed everything they had to survive a seven-game, first-round series with the Milwaukee Bucks. Their reward is an Eastern Conference semifinals matchup with one of the hottest teams in the league in the rested Philadelphia 76ers.

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Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz

The Jazz vs. Rockets series is a classic matchup. The league’s best offense vs. the league’s best defense.

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Golden State Warriors vs New Orleans Pelicans

One team was supposed to be here all along. The other was two regular-season losses away from missing the playoffs and setting into motion a major overhaul that likely would have included firing its coach and front office, and possibly would have stretched into a trade involving one of the league’s best players. But the stunning sweep of Portland by the Pelicans earned them a spot in the conference semifinals for the first time in a decade. It surely saved the job of head coach Alvin Gentry, and likely the job of GM Dell Demps, too. That means teams anticipating a Pels fire sale can cross off Anthony Davis from their wish lists.

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2018 NBA Playoffs

First-round previews

If the playoffs are anything like the wild finish to the regular season, hold on. It took an overtime play-in win just to determine the Western Conference playoff teams, and little was settled outside of the top two seeds in the East heading into Wednesday’s season finale. But now that we have the sixteen teams, it’s on. The NBA’s second season officially begins on Saturday afternoon.

Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards

The Raptors have all sorts of pressure on them this postseason, but they couldn’t have done much better than facing the fledgling Wizards at the start. Washington, which has lost 14 of its last 21 games, welcomed five-time All-Star John Wall back on March 31 after he missed more than two months with a knee injury. Still, Toronto — which was third in offensive rating and fifth in defensive rating this season — should be able to survive.

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Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Boston, which is without five-time All-Star Kyrie Irving for the playoffs and guard Marcus Smart until at least late April, has its hands full against these Bucks. Milwaukee’s 106-102 win over Boston on April 3 serves as the best evidence of how they match up at the moment. The Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo will be looking to advance past the first round for the first time (he’s 0-for-2 thus far).

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat

Philadelphia comes in as the league’s hottest team, having won 16 games in a row. Never mind that All-Star big man Joel Embiid went down with an orbital fracture in his left eye eight games into the stretch, the Sixers just kept rolling. When Embiid was asked if he might be able to play for Game 1, he told reporters it’s “unlikely but still a chance.”

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers

LeBron James is no stranger to memorable playoff matchups against the Pacers, but this is a different version of the familiar story. With coach Nate McMillan and All-Star guard Victor Oladipo leading the way, the Pacers were a wonderful surprise this season.

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Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

The Rockets dominated the season series against the Timberwolves, but only one of those games (a 126-108 win on Feb. 13) included Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler from beginning to end. The four-time All-Star tore his meniscus in their second matchup on Feb. 23, then missed the final two meetings before returning on Friday. The Rockets, meanwhile, lost key defender Luc Mbah a Moute to a dislocated shoulder on Tuesday, and he’s expected to miss the first round — if not longer.

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Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs

This is a rematch of last year’s Western Conference finals in name alone, as Golden State is without two-time MVP Stephen Curry this time around and the Spurs’ franchise centerpiece, Kawhi Leonard, remains out after playing just nine games this season. But if anyone is capable of creating a gameplan to upset the ailing defending champions, it’s San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich. His Spurs had the fourth-best defensive rating this season. The Warriors, meanwhile, have lost 10 of their last 17 games.

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Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans

The Trail Blazers lost seven of their last 12 games, but the regular season finale win over Utah was enough to earn them the No. 3 seed. Portland, which had the league’s ninth-best defensive rating this season, will have all it can handle with the way Pelicans star Anthony Davis has been playing (a league-leading 30.2 points, 11.9 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game since DeMarcus Cousins’ season-ending Achilles injury Jan. 26).

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz

The Jazz boasted the NBA’s best defense for the final few months of the regular season, and now they’ll try to stop a star-studded Thunder squad that finished 10th in offensive rating. But the Jazz have to score too, and therein lies the most pressing question of their postseason: Can rookie guard Donovan Mitchell be the same star-caliber player on this stage? Utah certainly needs him to be.

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NBA Daily Fantasy Basketball – Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers

Dominate your competition with our NBA Daily Fantasy Basketball, create the winning lineup at Fanpicks.com. The Utah Jazz (40-41) take on the host Los Angeles Lakers (16-65) at Staples Center. Fantasy Basketball
Utah comes into this game tied for the eight-seed in the western conference, but their faith will be out of their hands. The Houston Rockets are holding the eight-spot as well, but have the crucial tiebreaker over the Jazz. The Jazz have actually lost three of their past four headed into this game and that’s not the type of thing you can do in the midst of a playoff hunt. The offense has really hurt this club, as they rank 28th in both scoring and assists per contests.

Although the Lakers are having one of their worst seasons in franchise history, this trivial game will be one of the most important ones in years for Los Angeles fans. This is the last game of Kobe Bryant’s career and the energy in the Staples Center should be out of control. That alone should make this a exceptional game, as the Lakers will have plenty of motivation in what would normally be a throw-in-the-towel match-up.

With that in mind, the Jazz should still be a sizable favorite, as their post-season lives are on the line and the Lakers are still leaving empty-handed after this.

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Los Angeles Clippers vs Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz will be hosting the traveling red hot Los Angeles Clippers in a Western Conference showdown tonight at the Vivint Smart Home Arena on Friday. This fantasy NBA basketball predictions article is brought you by FanPicks.com. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Basketball contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!

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The Clippers are lucky right now with no reason to play their top players and able to rest them. With the Utah Jazz needing a win and on the brink of elimination, they will take full advantage of this factor. It really couldn’t have come at a better time for them as they have everything to play in this game. They’re standing only 1 game behind the 7th and 1 game ahead of the 9th seed in the tough Western Conference. Not only they’ve been playing well but the chemistry seems to have been clicking more than ever. The Jazz have only lost 3 games in their last 13 matchups. Their defense really helped them to get this far since they still rank 2nd in points allowed. The Jazz are an easy favorite in this one at home.

 

The Clippers come into this game having won 7 of their last 8t and have little to play. They’re currently 4th west and can’t move up nor down. What’s really impressive with them is that they’re one of the few teams who actually rank in the NBA’s top 10 offense and defense simultaneously. This really allows them to rest some of their top players for the playoffs. In fact, it looks like Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and J.J. Redick will all sit out tonight with this game being logically meaningless to them.

 

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San Antonio Spurs vs Utah Jazz

Gregg Popovich’s hot San Antonio Spurs will be heading to Salt Lake City to battle the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Tuesday. This NBA basketball fantasy projections is brought you by FanPicks.com. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Basketball contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!

 

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The Utah Jazz have been thriving off their defense as well. The surprising fact is that the Jazz actually rank 2nd in the NBA just behind San Antonio. Unfortunately though, they’re barely in the playoffs sitting in eighth in the Western Conference, just one game in front of the Houston Rockets. The Jazz have won 4 of their last 5 heading into this game and clearly have some motivation to obtain their final playoff berth. Utah is also rocking solid at home and made it their fortress with a good 24-14 home record into this game.

 

San Antonio head into this matchup having won 5 of their last 6 games. What’s really encouraging for them is the way LaMarcus Aldridge has been playing. He is really starting to find his Portland form lately. With this already dominant team, its hard and scary to imagine the damage they can make in the post season. Their key to success this year has been their defense as they ranked 1st in pts allowed since the opening month of the year.

 

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DFS NBA Value Picks

Fanpicks is proud to bring you another edition of our DFS NBA value picks. We will supply you with three fantasy options who in our opinion, bring you greater value than their cap hit suggests.

Let’s take a look at our players today.

Value Picks

SG Wesley Matthews (DAL) – Since Chandler Parsons was lost for the season, Wesley Matthews has become a much bigger part of the Mavericks offense.  He has averaged 27.56 fantasy points over his last five games while dropping 26 points on Friday, including six 3-pointers. He’s still priced at $4900, so take advantage of the great value while it lasts.

SG Rodney Hood  (UTA) – While inconsistent (four of last 10 games under 20 fantasy points), Hood has posted 35.6 and 24.8 fantasy points in his last two games (respectively). Obviously the Warriors aren’t the best matchup, but you can gamble on the hot streak if you like Hood tonight.

PF Derrick Favors (UTA) – Favors is the more expensive option amongst Jazz players, but the power forward has been ripping it up over his last 10 games. His projected 34 fantasy points put him on par with the likes of star point guard Kyle Lowry who is due $1000 more ($8200).

 

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Utah Jazz vs Portland Trail Blazers

Daily Fantasy Basketball News – 02-21-16

The Utah Jazz (27-27) will battle the Portland Trail Blazers (28-27) at the Moda Center this Sunday evening. FanPicks has this game on tap for tonight’s DFS action. Come play some Fantasy Basketball at Fanpicks.com

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Utah has been one of the most solid teams in the NBA despite their 2 game losing streak after the league’s All-Star break. In fact, the Jazz have won 8 of their last 10 games while also holding opponents to one of the lowest total pts in the league. The only real issues they have to fix before playoffs are their offense and road issues. They’re currently 9-17 away from the Vivint Smart Home Arena and rank in the bottom 5 in terms of pts scored and assists. Their obvious strength lies in their defense, allowing just 96 pts per game and ranked 2nd in the league in pts allowed.
The Trail Blazers are also one of the hottest teams in the league right now, not only because they’ve won 9 of their last 10 games but have been beating top competition lately. That culminated on Friday when the defending champion, Golden State Warriors lost by 32 points against them. Damian Lillard dropped a career high 51 pts and it helped them take the 8th seed right in front of the Jazz. This game is extremely important for both teams, as the winner will be sitting in the 8th seed and will have the upper hand in terms of tiebreaker situation.

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Utah Jazz vs Brooklyn Nets – 01/22/16 Preview

The Utah Jazz (18-24) look to establish some consistency on Friday night when they travel to Barclays Center to take on the hapless Brooklyn Nets (11-32). The Jazz are the odd favorites to win (line: -5.5). Here is the projected lineup:

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After their loss to the New York Knicks this past Wednesday, the Jazz are now back in 9th place of the wide open Western Conference. The Knicks had the best of the Jazz in OT with a 118-111.  Rodney Hood made 5 of 10 three pointers. Gordon Hayward led the Jazz that night with a solid tally of 29 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists while Trey Lyles finished the night with 13 points. Utah has struggled to find consistency this campaign, ranking 25th overall in offence.

The Nets have lost 9 of the last 10 games, the latest at home this past Wednesday night to the Cavaliers, 91-78. The Cavs were coming back from an embarrassing home loss to the Golden State earlier in the week on MLK day and were on fire, despite a solid 16 pts, 10 rebound double-double from Brook Lopez. Thaddeus Young added 14 points while Donald Sloan 12 points. Brooklyn is second last in the league in 3 pts shooting percentage, averaging only 31.8%.

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Sacramento Kings vs. Utah Jazz

By Aldo Panessidi

The Sacramento Kings (15-23) will be hosted by the Utah Jazz (17-21) 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 $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball

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The Kings have been playing some of the best basketball of the season as of late, but are coming into this game with a disastrous road record. They are now 5-12 on the road and are playing in one of the toughest venues in Utah on Thursday. Sacramento is coming off a bad loss on Wednesday as well, as they lost to a New Orleans Pelicans team that has struggled mightily all year. In fact, the Kings were seven-point favorites in that game and once again lets fans down with another poor performance. DeMarcus Cousins continued his recent ridiculous play in that game, as he tallied 32 points and 12 rebounds in the loss. He is now the leading scorer in the new year and is making a bid for the All-Star team.

Utah comes into this game winning two of their last three and that directly correlates with the return of Rudy Gobert. The Frenchmen is one of the best defenders in the NBA and that’s clearly evident through the teams stats. The Jazz rank as a top-three defense with him in the lineup and barely top-10 with him out of it. Since his return, they are allowing about 90 points a game and once again stifling teams. The problem is the offense though, as they still rank 27th in scoring. Another major issue is the ball distribution, as the team ranks dead-last in assists with no legitimate point guard on the roster. This should be a good opportunity for this offense to get on track though, as the Kings sport one of the worst defenses in the league. Utah comes into this game as a five-point favored.

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Miami Heat vs. Utah Jazz

 

The Miami Heat (22-14) will take on the Utah Jazz (15-20) at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT on Saturday. 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 $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball

Starting LineupThe Heat come into this matchup winning four of their last five and winning with some stellar defense. They now rank in the top-three in numerous defensive statistics and they should have no problem slowing down this terrible Jazz offense. The one concern is that this is the second half of a back-to-back and many of these Miami veterans struggle in those circumstances. In that game, they ended up beating the Phoenix Suns with some big plays down the stretch. That was a revenge game for Goran Dragic and he had one of his best games of the season, tallying 22 points and seven assists. The paces of the Jazz and Heat should make this one of the slowest games of the season thus far.

The Jazz have lost three-straight and they just can’t seem to stay healthy. They have been without Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert and Alec Burks for some time now and right when Gobert returned, another top-scorer went down. Rodney Hood went down with an ankle injury in their most recent game and he’s been one of their best scorers as of late. The good news is that Gobert came off the bench in that same game against the Houston Rockets after missing over a month of action. With Favors due back soon as well, things may be finally turning around for this injury riddled team. Even with all the injuries, the team has still been hovering around .500 and playing some great defense. Once Gobert and Favors are back, this team will go back to one of the three-best defensive teams in the NBA. Look for this to be a close and low-scoring game, as the Heat come in as ashort favorite with a projected minuscule total of 185.

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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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