Utah Jazz at Houston Rockets - 1/5/23 NBA Picks and Prediction

Houston Rockets (10-28) vs Utah Jazz (19-21)

Game Info: Thursday, January 5, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)

Betting Odds: Houston Rockets +6 -- Over/Under: 230 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets meet Thursday in NBA action at the Toyota Center. The Utah Jazz have lost 5 straight games. The Houston Rockets have lost 5 straight games.

The Utah Jazz are averaging 117.2 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 116.6 points on 48.5 percent shooting. Lauri Markkanen is averaging 23.9 points and 8.5 rebounds, while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 20.6 points and 3.9 rebounds. Malik Beasley is the third double-digit scorer and Collin Sexton is dishing 2.9 assists. The Utah Jazz are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78.3 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.6 rebounds per game.

The Houston Rockets are averaging 109.3 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 115.7 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Jalen Green is averaging 21.4 points and 4.4 rebounds, while Kevin Porter Jr. is averaging 19.4 points and 5.6 rebounds. Alperen Sengun is the third double-digit scorer and Jabari Smith Jr. is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 77 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47 rebounds per game.

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The Jazz are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Rockets are 3-13-1 ATS in their last 17 Thursday games. The over is 4-1 in Jazz last 5 road games. The under is 4-0 in Rockets last 4 games playing on 0 days rest. The Jazz are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Houston and 11-4 in the last 15 meetings.

I'm not excited to lay chalk with the Utah Jazz on the road, especially with them riding 5 straight losses, but there's no doubt they're the better team here. The Jazz have had more success and shown far more life at both ends of the floor. The Houston Rockets look like a team that's tanking most nights, and them being on the end of a back to back doesn't help matters. Give me the Jazz and the reasonable number.

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Randy’s Pick Utah Jazz -6

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