Utah visits Houston, looks to stop road losing streak

Fri, Mar 22, 2024
NBA News (AP)

Utah visits Houston, looks to stop road losing streak

Utah Jazz (29-41, 12th in the Western Conference) vs. Houston Rockets (34-35, 11th in the Western Conference)

Houston; Saturday, 8 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Utah will attempt to break its nine-game road slide when the Jazz take on Houston.

The Rockets are 22-19 against conference opponents. Houston ranks fifth in the Western Conference in team defense, giving up just 112.6 points while holding opponents to 46.0% shooting.

The Jazz are 14-27 in Western Conference play. Utah is second in the Western Conference scoring 53.9 points per game in the paint led by Collin Sexton averaging 8.6.

The Rockets average 12.3 made 3-pointers per game this season, 2.3 fewer makes per game than the Jazz give up (14.6). The Jazz are shooting 46.9% from the field, 0.9% higher than the 46.0% the Rockets' opponents have shot this season.

The teams play for the second time this season. The Rockets won the last matchup 127-126 in overtime on Jan. 21. Alperen Sengun scored 37 points to help lead the Rockets to the victory.

TOP PERFORMERS: Fred VanVleet is averaging 16.6 points and 8.3 assists for the Rockets. Jalen Green is averaging 26.5 points over the last 10 games.

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Sexton is averaging 18.5 points and 4.8 assists for the Jazz. Keyonte George is averaging 17.1 points and 3.9 assists over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Rockets: 9-1, averaging 120.2 points, 45.4 rebounds, 26.4 assists, 9.3 steals and 5.1 blocks per game while shooting 48.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.7 points per game.

Jazz: 2-8, averaging 112.4 points, 44.4 rebounds, 24.7 assists, 5.2 steals and 5.3 blocks per game while shooting 47.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 121.2 points.

INJURIES: Rockets: Tari Eason: out for season (leg), Cam Whitmore: out (knee), Steven Adams: out for season (knee), Alperen Sengun: out (ankle).

Jazz: Jordan Clarkson: out (groin), John Collins: out (face).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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