Rockets -2 vs Jazz (182½)
Houston is facing elimination in the best-of-7 if unable to send the series back to Utah for a Game 6. The Jazz have been the more physical team and have won with defense. The under is 3-1 in the series with the lone over totaling 186 points. The other three games resulted in combined totals of 175, 174 and most recently 168.
Utah had the best home record in the NBA during the regular season at 37-4, but was just 17-24 on the road. Yet in this series, the Jazz won the first two games in Houston. To think Utah can take a third, considering past history, might be a stretch. With their backs against the wall, look for Houston to depend on the 3-point shot to extend the series. This figures to be another defensive struggle with Houston’s 25-17 ATS mark at home finally producing a cover. HOUSTON / UNDER.