The official Jazz vs Rockets prediction thread.

Discussion in 'Utah Jazz' started by Shad, Apr 10, 2019.

  1. colton

    colton All Around Nice Guy Staff Member

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    If our guys are healthy I predict Jazz in 5. I think we've got the talent edge. And Hardin can only do so much.
     
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  2. infection

    infection Well-Known Member Staff Member 2019 Award Winner 2018 Award Winner

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    I predict Hardin doesn't even play.
     
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  3. RRJazz

    RRJazz Well-Known Member

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    The last matchup made a mark on us, but the other 3 were a whole different story. (I know the Rockets were bad to start the season).

    http://www.espn.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=401070738
    Thu, Oct 25 @Houston W 100-89
    Points Mitchell 38
    Rebounds Gobert 13
    Assists Mitchell 7
    Utah at the time: 2-2

    http://www.espn.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=401071048
    Fri, Dec 7 vs Houston W118-91 (38-11 3rd quarter)
    Points Favors 24
    Rebounds Favors 10
    Assists Rubio 6
    Utah at the time: 13-13

    http://www.espn.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=401071126
    Tue, Dec 18 @Houston L102-97
    Points Mitchell 23
    Rebounds Gobert 13
    Assists Ingles 6
    Utah at the time: 14-17

    http://www.espn.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=401071458
    Sun, Feb 3 vsHouston L125-98***
    Points Mitchell 26
    Rebounds Gobert 13
    Assists Mitchell 9
    Utah at the time: 30-24

    ***3 days after losing @Portland by 27.
     
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  4. The mailman

    The mailman Well-Known Member

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    The two keys to this series: Rubio and Favors. Rubio needs to step it up. I think his succes - or lack of it - will be a defining moment for the future of the team. Do we continue moving forward with him or not?

    But Favors is the wild card in all this. He seems to come up with some huge, timely plays in the playoffs. I’d like to see him be aggressive from the start and take on more of a veteran, leadership type role - I know that’s not really his style - but this could be his moment.

    Not having Exum doesn’t help.

    Houston is not as deep as last year, and their defense is weaker.

    But we ain’t stopping Harden and the refs.

    Rockets in 6 or 7. But man I hope I’m wrong.
     
  5. Crawlnstall

    Crawlnstall Well-Known Member

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    This is the matchup I didn't want for a few reasons....1 is I hate Chris Paul and I'm tired of playing him in the playoffs for the third straight year.
    But mostly...Houston is hot. We've had a great second half, but Houston has played better. They are healthy and Harden can take over a game. We aren't gonna get smacked around, but we could easily handle portland whereas Houston is gonna be a tough series, regardless if we win or lose, it will likely go 7
     
  6. LifeOnaPlate

    LifeOnaPlate Well-Known Member

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    Sign me up!
     
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  7. heathmc

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    When I watched Houston and OKC this week the one thing that stood out to me was how small Houston is. And it showed big time on the boards on both ends. I think the Jazz can win this. They are more experienced this year and somewhat fresh coming into this series. You can make arguments for either team. But the way the Bucks played Harden was amazing. Hopefully Snyder saw that video.
     
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  8. MVP

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    What caught my attention was how Memphis punished Houstons switching defense time after time.... anytime some smaller dude was ending on JV he was going to work and scored or got fouled and ended up with 33 pts.( and Memphis won). Granted, Rudy does not have post up game like JV but I can see Favors doing very well in similar situations. So as weird as it sounds I feel we have better chance by playing Favors at center a lot in this series. Just watch how JV abusing whatever smaller defender Houston putting on him after switches.... I think Favors can do it too.

     
  9. JohnnyClutch

    JohnnyClutch Well-Known Member

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    Agreed. Plus he and Rudy were both hobbled last year, and with both of them healthy (Fav's knee issues resolved), I expect them to do some serious damage against Houston's much smaller bigs. Also, not only is Rudy much healthier, he's just better.

    Jazz in 6. We get 1 of the first 2, then hold court.
     
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  10. The Thriller

    The Thriller Well-Known Member

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    After we tied the series last year, I bought tickets for the wife and I to game 3. We left in the mid 3rd when we fell behind by 45 pts.
     
  11. fishonjazz

    fishonjazz Well-Known Member Contributor 2019 Award Winner 2018 Award Winner

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    I was camping during that game and listening to a crappy radio reception. Stopped listening early in the 3rd. Man that game sucked

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  12. The Thriller

    The Thriller Well-Known Member

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    That game traumatized me for two reasons:

    1. The money was sooooo wasted. Tossing dollars onto a bonfire would’ve been more entertaining and probably worth more than watching that game.

    2. I haven’t seen the jazz get demolished like that since the second finals when Chicago obliterated us in one game by 40+ pts.

    I feel like houston isn’t as good as last year. But I also feel like they’re one of the worst matchups out there. I’d love to see us pound them inside and get physical with Harden. But I don’t think we will go consistently inside enough and the refs will always bail out Harden
     
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