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Play of the Day for Thur., April 24, 2008

Apr 24, 2008 8:12 PM

For Houston, it’s now-or-never, do-or-die, crunch-time, backs-to-the-wall … well, you get the picture. They pretty much have to win, having already lost the first two games of the series at home. The Rockets, in their two losses, played hard but couldn’t overcome the loss of key personnel. Moreover, the Jazz have been a juggernaut at home. In addition to possessing the league’s best home mark (only four home losses all season), Utah has won nine of the last 10 contests at home, eight of which were by double digits. Even though Houston will throw its best punches at the start, expect Utah’s controlled pace and stellar defense to eventually take command of the game, en route to a comfortable victory. Utah –8 ½