Rockets vs. Jazz Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for January 5 (Utah Snaps Funk Against Struggling Houston)

Devon Platana
Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game. / AP Photos/Isaac Hale
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Rockets vs. Jazz Game Info

  • Date: Thursday, January 5, 2023
  • Time: 8:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Toyota Center -- Houston, Texas
  • Coverage: SportsNet RM and SportsNet SW

Four NBA games are slated for Thursday, Jan. 5, including a matchup between two slumping teams as the Houston Rockets (10-28) host the Utah Jazz (19-21) at 8 p.m. ET.

The Rockets have been horrid since mid-December, losing for the 10th time in their last 11 games with a 119-108 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Jazz stumble into this matchup in a five-game skid, falling 117-115 in Tuesday's matchup with the Sacramento Kings.

Can the Rockets show some signs of life with a victory? Or will the Jazz get back on track in this Western Confernce showdown?

Rockets vs. Jazz Odds & Spread

  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: UTA: (-270) | HOU: (+220)
  • Spread: UTA: -7 (-110) | HOU: +7 (-110)
  • Total: 230.5 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Jazz enter this contest as clear road favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 8 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 232 points, which is among the highest of Thursday's totals.

Jazz vs Rockets Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Jazz -5.5 - - 231.5 -110 -110 -235 194

Rockets vs. Jazz Betting Trends

  • The Jazz compiled a 33-47-2 ATS record last year.
  • Against the spread, as underdogs of 5.5 points or more, the Rockets went 22-35-2 last year.
  • Jazz games hit the over 38 out of 82 times last season.
  • Out of 82 Rockets games last year, 44 hit the over.

Rockets vs. Jazz Prediction & Pick

This is the third and final Rockets-Jazz matchup of the campaign after the two sides split the first pair of meetings back in October. Having said that, Houston's win was a rare one against Utah considering how the Jazz have bested the Rockets in seven of their last nine meetings.

With the skid that the Rockets are on, I don't see them turning things around tonight. Over the last 11 games, Houston is averaging the second-fewest points, fewest field goals and most turnovers in the NBA. There's also the fact that the Rockets have lost seven consecutive games at Toyota Center.

The Jazz are far from perfect and have their fair share of shortcomings, but they're still good enough to overcome this horrible Rockets squad.

Final Score Prediction: Jazz: 119 | Rockets: 110

Rockets vs. Jazz Best Bet

When it comes to the best bet, go with the total finishing under 230.5 points. With how poorly both teams have performed lately, it's hard to imagine this game developing into a shootout. That's not even to mention that the total has gone under in five of the last six Rockets-Jazz tilts at Toyota Center, as well as in 11 of the last 15 games overall between these teams.

Considering how the first two Rockets-Jazz games this season also finished below 230.5 points, the under is the way to go.

Bet: Under 230.5 Points (-110)

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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