*10* ULTIMATE POWER ~ SIGNATURE RELEASE! 11-2 NBA RUN!
Utah vs. Houston,
02/09/2020 19:00 EDT,
Score: 114 - 113
Point Spread: +4/-115 Utah
10* Utah (7:05 ET): From now until the end of the regular season, there figures to be a LOT of movement among the six teams behind the Lakers in the Western Conference. The teams currently seeded #2 through #7 are separated by just five games and most of them have taken a turn at the #2 spot. Utah was once the hottest team in the NBA as from 12/11 through 1/25 they won 19 of 21 games. But prior to scoring a controversial win over Portland on Friday night, they’d lost five in a row. They are 0-6 ATS the L6 games.
Because of the controversial nature of the victory Friday night (goaltending was not called on what would have been the GW basket for Portland), my guess is there won’t be many people looking to step out and take the Jazz here. But I’m not afraid as they’ve got revenge on the mind here from an embarrassing loss on 1/27 where the Rockets played without both James Harden and Russell Westbrook. That’s what began the Jazz’s current slide. Let’s not forget, they also have revenge for last year’s playoff exit.
Speaking of bad losses, Houston just took one on the chin Friday, losing at Phoenix 127-91. That snapped a four-game win streak. The Rockets have gone 10 games w/o losing two straight, but I’m still liking the points here as Utah has not been a dog since 12.28 when they went to LA and upset the Clippers. They have won (outright) the last three times they’ve been in the underdog role. I’ve got the Jazz rated slightly higher than the Rockets in my own power ratings. 10* Utah