Jazz vs Rockets Predictions for Game 1 of NBA Playoff Series

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The Houston Rockets came just one game short of upsetting the Golden State Warriors in the 2018 Western Conference Finals. However, if the Rockets want a shot at a rematch, they'll have to get through the Utah Jazz first.

The Rockets are at home tonight, and Houston is a 6-point favorite, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. If you're thinking about placing a wager on this first-round matchup, you might want to check out what some of the experts are saying first.

Rockets vs Jazz Predictions

Sports Chat Place

Sports Chat Place likes the Rockets to win and cover in the opener, but we should note they list Houston as 5.5-point favorites. They believe the Rockets are simply the better team, and could make quick work of the Jazz here. Sports Chat Place also cited the last matchup between these two, a game in which the Rockets won by 27 points, as the reason they're picking Houston.

Tony's Picks

Similarly, Tony Tellez is picking the Rockets to win and cover the spread, but we should note he lists Houston as 6.5-point favorites. The Jazz will be playing without Kyle Korver and Dante Exum, and Tony believes the injuries will be too much for Utah to overcome.

Bang the Book

It's a clean sweep for Houston, as Jonathan Willis, of Bang the Book, is also going with the Rockets to win and cover the spread. Willis believes a healthy Chris Paul will make a huge difference and could allow the Rockets to pull away in Game 1.

Overall, every expert we highlighted is picking the Rockets to win and cover the spread in this first-round matchup.

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