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Houston Rockets at Utah Jazz predictions, picks and best bets

The Houston Rockets can close out a first-round series sweep of the Utah Jazz Monday when the two teams tip-off at Vivint Smart Home Arena shortly after 10:30 p.m. Eastern.

Odds provided by FanDuel Sportsbook; for a full-set of today’s sports betting odds, access them at USA TODAY Sports.

Houston Rockets at Utah Jazz: By the Numbers

  • Houston’s three-point win in Game 3 was the first of the series to be played within 20 points. Jazz SG Donovan Mitchell‘s 34 points in the loss marked the first game of the series in which Rockets G James Harden didn’t lead all scorers.
  • The Jazz is shooting just .255 from 3-point range, while the Rockets are hitting at a 36.7 percent success rate from beyond the arc and 45.6 percent from field-goal range.
  • Utah has dropped five in a row against Houston after winning each of the first two games of the regular-season series.
  • Harden leads all players in the series with an average game score of 20.4. C Rudy Gobert leads the Jazz at 16.3.

Houston Rockets at Utah Jazz: Key Injuries

Jazz PG Dante Exum remains the only player on the sidelines in the series.

Houston Rockets at Utah Jazz: Best Bet

Moneyline: The Rockets are the favorites once again after being listed as underdogs for Game 3 in Utah. Back the visitors at a fairly conservative -120 with the chance to close out the series and get a little extra rest.

Against the spread: There’s an even better number on Houston to cover -1.5 with -110 odds. The Jazz was able to keep it closer Saturday, but they’re likely to be more demoralized facing elimination in Game 4.

Over/under: Sunday’s 212.5 total has been topped just once through three games. Take the UNDER in another potentially lopsided Rockets win.

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