2018 NBA Playoff Series Betting Preview – (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

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Houston did not play their best but it was still good enough to handle Minnesota in five games. Utah, on the other hand, was one of two lower seeds to engineer a series upset in the Western Conference by defeating Oklahoma City in six games.

For the Jazz, this series becomes far more difficult and that is shown in the series odds. Utah is a +925 underdog to defeat Houston four times in seven games. Conversely, there is little reason to back the Rockets, since you have to wager $14,000 to have a chance to win a $1,000. This is not boxing where one lucky punch can make the underdog a winner and despite Utah’s tremendous defense, as you can see next, they have not had any answers for top-seeded Houston.

Regular Season Results – From Statfox.com

  Shooting    3pt shots Free Throws Rebounds  
Date Teams Score Line Result Half FGM-A Pct FGM-A Pct FTM-A Pct Tot. OFF TO
02/26/2018 HOUSTON 96 -1 SU ATS 39 34-79 43.0% 9-33 27.3% 19-25 76.0% 48 9 15
  UTAH 85 211.5 Under 44 31-71 43.7% 7-29 24.1% 16-22 72.7% 49 7 22
12/18/2017 UTAH 99 216 Over 50 42-91 46.2% 8-27 29.6% 7-8 87.5% 36 5 6
  HOUSTON 120 -12 SU ATS 51 40-77 51.9% 17-43 39.5% 23-27 85.2% 55 12 14
12/07/2017 HOUSTON 112 -6 SU ATS 51 38-81 46.9% 18-42 42.9% 18-24 75.0% 57 8 17
  UTAH 101 211.5 Over 46 34-77 44.2% 11-30 36.7% 22-27 81.5% 40 4 13
11/05/2017 UTAH 110 205 Over 49 38-88 43.2% 13-34 38.2% 21-24 87.5% 41 8 14
  HOUSTON 137 -6 SU ATS 67 48-81 59.3% 23-39 59.0% 18-21 85.7% 48 5 21

 

As you can plainly see, Houston was 4-0 SU and ATS and won by an average of 17.5 points a contest.

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