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Jazz vs. Rockets Game 1 Betting Preview: Lay the Points With Harden & Co.?


Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13).

Game 1 Betting Odds: Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets

  • Spread: Rockets -6.5
  • Over/Under: 214
  • Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: TNT

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The Houston Rockets were so close to making the NBA Finals last year, ultimately falling short to the champion Warriors. They’ll look to get redemption this season, but they’ll first have to get through a tough Jazz team.

Is there any value in tonight’s Game 1 line? Our analysts discuss.

Betting Trends to Know

The team that is favored in the 4-5 matchup tends to win as the chalk has gone 112-53 (68%) straight up since 2005. But the favorite doesn’t cover consistently having gone 81-80-4 ATS in that time. — John Ewing

The Rockets ended the regular season on Tuesday and have had five days to prepare for the Jazz. Since 2005, well-rested (at least four days between games) home teams have gone 97-58 (63%) ATS in the playoffs. — Ewing

Mears: How I’m Handicapping Tonight’s Game

This line of Rockets -6.5 seems to me like people are expecting this to be a similar matchup to what we saw in last year’s playoffs. The Rockets won that series, flummoxing Donovan Mitchell and the Jazz offense with their switching defensive scheme.

This year is different, though. For starters, it’s unclear whether the Rockets will employ that same switch-heavy scheme. They went away from it a bit halfway through this season because they were getting killed by offenses due to it. Clint Capela was unable to hang with point guards as well as he did last year, and the ancillary defenders with Trevor Ariza gone just weren’t quite as good.

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