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The Houston Rockets hosts Utah Jazz in Game 5 of the NBA Playoff series at the Toyota Center on Wednesday night, with Rockets aiming to close the deal at home and clinch a spot in the semifinals to meet with Golden State Warriors in the West semifinals and Jazz hoping to continue their winning momentum in order to avoid elimination from the first round of the NBA Playoffs series.
Rockets were looking forward to sweep their first-round series, but Jazz displayed the solid defense in Game 4 that they have shown during the regular season to win the game by 107-91. Jazz had their ups and downs till the end of the third quarter, but the team outscored their opponents by 31-12 in the final minutes of the game and registered the victory.
Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz with 31 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Jae Crowder added 23 while Ricky Rubio contributed 18 points. James Harden led the Rockets with 30 points. Chris Paul added 23 points, and Eric Gordon scored 16 points.
Meanwhile, James Harden leads the series in scoring at 28.3 PPG, while Donovan Mitchell leads the Jazz with an average of 23.8 PPG.
The Houston Rockets are in superb form this season, winning 22 of their last 28 games, including eight straight wins at home.The Jazz, on the other hand, ended the regular season with the fourth-best defensive rating in the NBA, but they struggled in the first playoff series with the Rockets.
Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz Prediction
The Rockets are in excellent form and have displayed solid defense in the first playoff series, holding the Jazz with an average of 99 points per game. Despite dropping their last game against Jazz, Rockets have the edge going into the match. Superior quality aside, home advantage and the need to bounce back should see them closing the deal.
Houston Rockets AH -7 @ 1.80 at Betfair
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