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Rockets vs Jazz

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The Utah Jazz finally broke through against the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinals series. Now, Rockets vs Jazz aim to put some serious pressure on top-seeded Houston when they meet Friday (08:00 p.m. ET) in Game 3 at Salt Lake City.

Home Team: Utah Jazz
Away Team: Houston Rockets
Location: Toyota Center  Houston, Texas
Game Time: 08:00 PM E.T

The Jazz are a different team with Rudy Gobert manning the middle as was proven when the team struggled with him out for 26 games with injuries this season as well as when he was in foul trouble, like in Game 5 against Oklahoma City. Gobert has put up similar numbers to last year (13.5 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 2.3 blocks), but his defense has been more stifling than ever this season.

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Houston won their last game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, 122 – 104; Harden: 24 pts, 12 ast; Capela: 26 pts, 15 reb. Clint Capela scored a team-high, twenty-six points, during their last game against the Timberwolves. He made 12 of his 14 attempts from the field, for a 85.7% field goal percentage (2/4 from the line). In 33 minutes, Capela collected twenty-six points, one assist, one5 rebounds and one block with 0 turnovers.

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The model knows the Rockets had won all five prior meetings this season in blowout fashion, including a 110-96 victory in the series opener. But Utah turned the tables with a stunning 116-108 road win in Game 2, setting the stage for this pivotal showdown.

Utah won their last game against the Houston Rockets, 116 – 108; Ingles: 27 pts; Gobert: 15 pts, 14 rbs, 3 blk. Joe Ingles scored a team-high, twenty-seven points, during their last game against the Rockets. He made 10 of his 13 attempts from the field, for a 76.9% field goal percentage (no free throw attempts, 7/9 from three-point range). In 35 minutes, Ingles collected twenty-seven points, two assists, three rebounds and seven threes with 3 turnovers.

James Harden scored a team-high, thirty-two points, during their last game against the Jazz. He made 9 of his 22 attempts from the field, for a 40.9% field goal percentage (12/13 from the line, 2/10 from three-point range). In 36 minutes, Harden collected thirty-two points, eleven assists, six rebounds, two steals and two threes with 2 turnovers.

The Jazz responded with a rally of their own and pulled away behind a highlight-reel dunk from rookie Donovan Mitchell and a career night from Joe Ingles. Mitchell had 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Ingles finished with a career-high 27 points with seven 3-pointers.

Utah’s defense also played an integral role, holding the Rockets to 40 percent field-goal shooting and five fast-break points.

James Harden and Chris Paul combined for 55 points despite shooting 17-of-41 from the field. Clint Capela added 21 points and 11 rebounds.

The Jazz rank well in steals per game (#4), blocks per game (#9) and free throw percentage (#10). Their weakest areas are offensive rebounds per game (#23), assists per game (#21) and turnovers per game (#20).

The Rockets are one of the best teams in the league in points per game (#2), steals per game (#5) and free throw percentage (#9). Their weakest areas are assists per game (#27), offensive rebounds per game (#24) and field goal percentage (#15).

Utah’s win was its lone cover in six tries this season against Houston, but the Jazz are on a 4-1 ATS run on their home court.

Jazz vs Rockets Live

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The Rockets struck first blood in their Western Conference semifinal series against the Jazz, winning Game 1 on Sunday afternoon. James Harden led the way, as usual, with 41 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Houston, while Donovan Mitchell and Jae Crowder each scored 21 for the Jazz.

Home Team: Houston Rockets
Away Team: Utah Jazz
Location: Houston, TX
Game Time: 8:00 PM ET

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TOP FANTASY PLAYERS
James Harden is the top fantasy basketball player for the Rockets with a season average of 53.18 fantasy points per game. He has averaged 30.4 PTS, 5.4 REB, 8.8 AST, 1.8 STL and 0.7 BLK with 4.4 TO. Chris Paul has an average of 40.43 fantasy points per game on the season. He’s averaging 18.6 PTS, 5.4 REB, 7.9 AST, 1.7 STL and 0.2 BLK with 2.2 TO for the 2017-2018 season.

Rudy Gobert is the best player on the Jazz team from a fantasy basketball perspective, with 35.84 fantasy points per game. He’s averaged 13.5 PTS, 10.7 REB, 1.4 AST, 0.8 STL, 2.3 BLK and 1.9 TO this season. Donovan Mitchell has 33.19 fantasy points per game. He’s averaged 20.5 PTS, 3.7 REB, 3.7 AST, 1.5 STL, 0.3 BLK and 2.7 TO on the season.

Houston wins if
The shots fall, plain and simple. The Rockets are clearly the more talented team in this series, which is a testament to the breadth of their talent and not the Jazz’s lack of it. Donovan Mitchell can create problems for the Rockets, but with the shooting firepower that the Rockets have, they’re a much more intimidating team to face off against than the Thunder. That’s especially true in a series in which Russell Westbrook became an offensive black hole. The Rockets have three to four shooters on the floor at any given time, making them an extremely tough match-up.

Houston won their last game against the Utah Jazz, 110 – 96; Harden: 41 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists. James Harden led the Rockets in scoring against their last opponent, the Jazz. He contributed with forty-one points, seven assists, eight rebounds, one steal and seven threes with 3 turnovers in 36 minutes. Harden shot 12 for 26 in the game, hitting 46.2% of his attempts from the field (10/11 from the line, 7/12 from three-point range).

Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz in scoring against their last opponent, the Rockets. He contributed with twenty-one points, five assists, three rebounds and one three with 4 turnovers in 38 minutes. Mitchell shot 9 for 22 in the game, hitting 40.9% of his attempts from the field (2/2 from the line, 1/7 from three-point range).

Utah wins if
The Rockets’ struggles from the field — which could be the result of the Jazz’s incredible defense — continue, and Ricky Rubio keeps facilitating the offense as efficiently as he has been. If the Rockets get Games 2 and 3 Harden — in which Harden went 4-for-18 on three-point attempts — and not Game 4 Harden, where Harden went 7-for-12 from deep, the Jazz have a fighting chance. Utah also has a big size advantage, which Quin Snyder is excellent at ensuring isn’t used against his team. They aren’t going to simply outscore the Rockets — a few more things need to go their way than they do for Houston — but they can definitely create some difficult match-ups and go on runs throughout the game.

The Rockets rank highly on points per game (#2), steals per game (#5) and free throw percentage (#9). Their weakest areas are assists per game (#26), offensive rebounds per game (#24) and field goal percentage (#15).

The Jazz rank highly on steals per game (#4), blocks per game (#10) and three point percentage (#12). They struggle in offensive rebounds per game (#23), assists per game (#21) and turnovers per game (#20).

Cavaliers vs Raptors Live

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The Raptors may have exorcised some first-round demons in the 2018 NBA playoffs, while the Cavaliers may have developed some. Toronto dispatched the Washington Wizards in six games, while LeBron James and Cleveland needed a tough seven-game series to get through the Indiana Pacers.

And so in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals at Air Canada Centre on Tuesday, when the Raptors try to elude the giant No. 23 shadow that has haunted them their past two playoff years, the first guy to defend James — the greatest player on the planet — is a rookie, OG Anunoby.

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But the good thing about the playoffs is that every series is different, so there’s rarely much carry-over. The Cavs aren’t playing the best basketball right now, but they’ve eliminated the Raptors in each of the past two seasons, which could give them some confidence. On the other hand, Toronto is playing with a new style and renewed confidence after being one of the best teams in the league during the regular season.

On second thought, maybe they are all nuts up there.

“I’ve got a lot of faith in OG [to] go out there and do what he’s done all year: Play well. It’s not a one-man thing. We’re a complete team, so everyone has to go out and be locked in,” said Raptor All-Star Kyle Lowry, who addressed Anunoby’s confidence. “The way OG is, his mannerisms, the way he carries himself, I’m not surprised. He’s a quiet, confident kid. I know he’s looking forward to the opportunity.”

It should be a fun matchup. Below is the schedule, how to watch Game 1 and a preview of what we have to come.

Injury report
Raptors: Fred VanVleet (shoulder) played 19 minutes in Game 6 against the Wizards, and is expected to play in Game 1 vs. Cavs.

Cavaliers: George Hill (back) played 19 minutes in Game 7 against the Pacers.

Toronto Raptors projected starting lineup: G Kyle Lowry; G DeMar DeRozan; F OG Anunoby; F Serge Ibaka; C Jonas Valanciunas

Cleveland Cavaliers projected starting lineup: G George Hill; G JR Smith; G Kyle Korver; F LeBron James; F Kevin Love

The Raptors finished as the East’s top seed and hope this year ends differently. They watched LeBron and the Cavs celebrate a 4-0 sweep in the Eastern semis last year, and a 4-2 conference finals win before becoming the eventual champs in 2016.

There is pressure on Toronto to advance. Casey masterfully rested veterans, developed young guys all season. Now one of those young guys will start — again, start, the Raptors have a laundry list of players behind Anunoby — on James.

Raptors win if:
The Raptors have had their struggles with the Cavs in the past, but there’s a huge difference this year: On paper, they are unquestionably the better team. If Lowry and DeRozan play the way they’ve been playing and the offense continues it’s sharing ways, they should be able to beat the Cavs. Defensively they have the pieces and system to at least bother LeBron enough to make him work. One key to the series will be Toronto’s bench, where they have a huge advantage, which will allow them to go on big runs when LeBron is out of the game

The Raptors beat Washington in six games while the Cavs were severely tested in seven by the Pacers, which gives Toronto hope. Most believe the Raptors are a more complete team than the Pacers. And James needed a masterful 45-point effort in Game 7.

Cavaliers win if:
LeBron carried the Cavs to a first-round win pretty much by himself — he won’t be able to do that against the Raptors because they’re just too good. Each member of Cleveland’s supporting cast showed flashes during the opening round, but they’re all going to have to be much more consistent for the Cavs to pull this one out. It starts with Love, who has to play like the All-Star that he is.

It’s not a one-man job, it’s five-man job to slow him down,” Casey said. “We’re going to have different looks, different approaches to how to guard him, to guard their team. He’s going to score his points. What you can’t do is let three or four other guys come up and have career nights.

Pelicans vs Warriors Live

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The Pelicans enter Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal against the Pelicans vs Warriors Live on Saturday believing they can knock off the defending NBA champions and win the series.

While describing what it’s like playing against another team that likes to get up and down the floor, New Orleans star Anthony Davis set the tone for the rest of the series with his response.

“It’s fun,” Davis said after Friday’s practice at Oracle Arena. “We know that we can beat them. We’ve done it in the regular season. And we’ve been in every game that we lost [against them], so we know that we’re a good matchup against these guys and we’ve got a lot of confidence in ourself. Anytime they score, we know they’re going to score and make shots, it’s tough, we just got to get the ball out fast and push it down the floor and try to go.

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The film Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters tonight, and you can rest assured that fans of the Marvel Universe will be lining up to see another blockbuster. They have been waiting 10 years to see the intergalactic confrontation between super villain Thanos and the Avengers, and it should be an entertaining ride. On Saturday at the Oracle, NBA fans will buckle up for an exciting ride of their own, a “galactic” battle between the Golden State Warriors and the New Orleans Pelicans in Round 2 of the NBA Playoffs. Chris, Viggy, and I share our thoughts about this second round series below. Chris sets the table for us.

More important is that the Warriors have been without Stephen Curry for 36 games, including all five in the first round. The two-time MVP is his team’s most important player, the engine for what has been a historically good offense.

The Warriors took care of business against the San Antonio Spurs and will have Curry back at some point in the conference semifinals, maybe for Game 1 on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). Of course, that doesn’t mean that they’ll walk through this series.

The New Orleans Pelicans played their best basketball of the season in the first round, sweeping the No. 3-seeded Portland Trail Blazers by putting the clamps on Damian Lillard and running roughshod over a top-10 defense. The Pelicans themselves had a top-five defense after losing DeMarcus Cousins for the season and the No. 1 offense in the first round. Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo have taken things to a new level and the champs will have their work cut out for them in the next two weeks.

The Pelicans went 1-3 against the Warriors this season, the win coming April 7 in a game in which Warriors guard Stephen Curry (knee) didn’t play. Curry remains questionable for Saturday’s game as he continues to recover from the same MCL sprain in his left knee.

But the Pelicans are riding high given just how dominant they performed in a sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference first round.

Their optimism is largely based upon just how dominant Davis was in that series. The 25 year-old All-Star averaged 33 points and 11.8 rebounds in the series, setting a tone that the rest of his teammates followed. When asked what he expected to see from Davis in this series, teammate Jrue Holiday responded with a confident answer.

“What happened last series,” Holiday said.

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry is trying to instill that confident belief within his team before the series begins. Like Davis, he believes that the young group is ready for prime time.

If the Warriors watched the New Orleans-Portland series, they know that the Pelicans are scaldingly hot right now. We knew that Anthony Davis would be a monster, particularly given his large-sample-size demolition of the NBA after Boogie Cousins got injured. What no one really expected was for Jrue Holiday to turn into the league’s best two-way combo guard, for Playoff Rondo to re-emerge, and for Nikola Mirotic to turn into the second coming of Dirk. The matchups here are intriguing, with (likely) Klay on Jrue and Draymond/KD on some permutation of Mirotic and Davis.

The Pelicans are gelling at the right time. There might be a perception that, like the Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers, the Pelicans are youngbloods with swagger, but that is not the reality. These Pelicans are an experienced squad, and two of their best, Davis and Holiday, were on the team that was swept by the Warriors in the first round of the NBA playoffs in 2015.

I tell the guys all the time they should embrace this opportunity to compete against this team,” Gentry said. “Because what they’ve done the last four years has been phenomenal, really. An opportunity to win two championships and lose another that everyone thought that they may have an opportunity to win. It gives you a great gauge as to where your franchise is, and where your team is, and where you need to get to really.”

Rockets vs Timberwolves

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Having restored order to this series with a devastating 50-point quarter, the Houston Rockets look to close out the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 5 on Wednesday night.

It’s amazing what a 50-point quarter can do for a team. Despite being outscored by 11 in quarters 1, 2, and 4, one good stretch of 12 minutes was enough to shift the narrative from “The Rockets are in a rut” to “The Rockets can outscore anyone.”

Sure, the Rockets may have scored a ton of points and won comfortably, which was definitely helped along by those 50 points. However, it was the return of Houston’s defense that gave Houston a commanding 3-1 lead in their first round series. Once again, Houston asserted its dominance on that end of the court and held the Timberwolves to 100 points just two days after hemorrhaging 121 points to Minnesota. Make no mistake: scoring is nice, but this isn’t last year’s Rockets. They do NOT have to outscore teams to be successful anymore. They can play in the dirt and drag their opponents around too. (Yes, I know you have to outscore your opponents to win in basketball. You know what I mean.)

Last season, the slow pace and poor shooting would have doomed Houston. In fact, it did against San Antonio. Now, the Rockets know they can win ugly (Game 1) or they can win going away (Games 2 and 4). They also know that complacency is death. They haven’t won anything yet, and from postgame interviews it sounds like Houston understands that fact.

My prediction before the series was Rockets in 5. I picked Minny to win Game 3 behind their home crowd. That happened. Now it’s Houston’s turn to use their crowd to propel them to a huge win. From one TC (Target Center) to another (Toyota Center), the Rockets need to wrap up their series tonight rather than having to fly all the way back to Minnesota.

While Butler would never use his knee injury as an excuse, one has to wonder how close to 100 percent he is as he tries to keep the Timberwolves competitive. The All-Star guard has averaged 17.8 points and 6.3 rebounds while shooting 45.3 percent overall and made eight of 16 from 3-point range.

Towns needs to carry his offensive game from Minnesota back to Houston after totaling 40 points in Games 3 and 4 while recording double-doubles in both contests. He has averaged 13.3 points and 13.3 rebounds but shot only 41.3 percent, well off his season mark of 54.5 percent.

Including his 44-point effort in Game 2, Harden has three 40-point games and four 30-point games in his last 11 at home. He has averaged 31.0 points, 7.6 assists and 5.5 rebounds in that stretch along with 2.6 steals per game.

Clint Capela’s 20 offensive rebounds and 56 total rebounds were NBA-playoff highs through games entering Tuesday night. He has two three double-doubles in this series while playing Towns to a near-standstill with the same number of points and three more rebounds while outshooting him by converting at a 60.5 percent clip.

While Butler would never use his knee injury as an excuse, one has to wonder how close to 100 percent he is as he tries to keep the Timberwolves competitive. The All-Star guard has averaged 17.8 points and 6.3 rebounds while shooting 45.3 percent overall and made eight of 16 from 3-point range.

Towns needs to carry his offensive game from Minnesota back to Houston after totaling 40 points in Games 3 and 4 while recording double-doubles in both contests. He has averaged 13.3 points and 13.3 rebounds but shot only 41.3 percent, well off his season mark of 54.5 percent.

Including his 44-point effort in Game 2, Harden has three 40-point games and four 30-point games in his last 11 at home. He has averaged 31.0 points, 7.6 assists and 5.5 rebounds in that stretch along with 2.6 steals per game.

Clint Capela’s 20 offensive rebounds and 56 total rebounds were NBA-playoff highs through games entering Tuesday night. He has two three double-doubles in this series while playing Towns to a near-standstill with the same number of points and three more rebounds while outshooting him by converting at a 60.5 percent clip.

Cavaliers vs Pacers

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The Cleveland Cavaliers look to take the series lead against the Indiana Pacers at the Quicken Loans Arena in Game 5 on Wednesday.

The fourth-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers will be looking to become the first team in this Eastern Conference first-round playoff series to win consecutive games Wednesday when they host the fifth-seeded Indiana Pacers as solid home favorites for Game 5.

The Cavaliers tied the series Sunday with a 104-100 win over the Pacers in Game 4, covering the spread for the first time in the series.

Cavs minute:
George Hill (back spasms) missed Game 4 and is questionable for Game 5. They’re 11-11 all time in Game 5s, but 4-2 since 2015. … Counting the regular and postseasons, Cleveland is 11-2 in its last 13 at home against the Pacers. … Through four games, LeBron James leads the NBA playoffs in minutes (172) and is second in points (130, Anthony Davis has 132). In the third quarters, however, he’s 38th in the NBA postseason in scoring (4.0 points per quarter). … Cleveland is the worst playoff team for third-quarter scoring (18.8 points). The Cavs nearly blew leads of 17 and 10 points in the last two third quarters. In both games, the Pacers caught and passed them in the fourth. … Kevin Love is only averaging 12.0 ppg, but he’s also giving Cleveland 10.5 rpg. … Dating to the 2015 playoffs, JR Smith is shooting .414 (165-of-399) from 3-point range. He’s 9-of-26 in this series.

Pacers minute:
Domantas Sabonis became the third Pacer to set a playoff career high with 19 points in Game 4. He shot 9-of-12 in 25 minutes off the bench, besting his previous career best of seven points. Victor Oladipo (32 points, Game 1) and Bojan Bogdanovic (30 points, Game 3) are the others with career highs this series. … Oladipo is shooting 19-of-53 (.358) in the last three games of this series. The Cavs are blitzing him on the perimeter and it’s working. … Lance Stephenson is having an excellent series off Indiana’s bench, leading all bench scorers in this series with 10.3 ppg. He’s also the chief agitator on either side. … Thaddeus Young set a playoff career high with 16 rebounds in Game 4. He also scored 12 points and became the first Pacer with at least 16 boards in a postseason game since Roy Hibbert collected 17 against LeBron and the Heat on May 26, 2013.

Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers will be kicking themselves as they missed a real opportunity to go ahead 3-1 in the series. Domantas Sabonis led the team in scoring with 19 points on nine of 12 shooting off the bench, Myles Turner added 17 points on seven of nine shooting while Darren Collison chipped in with 12 points and eight assists. As a team, the Pacers shot just 43 percent from the field and 12 of 33 from the three-point line but in a real close game, they could’ve done with more help from Victor Oladipo who finished with 17 points on five of 20 and Bojan Bogdanovic who scored just 10 points on four of 13 shooting. As a team, the Pacers missed a bunch of shots they usually make but it was their defensive mistakes that really cost them as they let Korver loose late in the fourth quarter and he burned them twice.

The Cleveland Cavaliers were able to regroup after the big loss in Game 1 and they’re now back in control after squaring the series with a 104-100 win in Game 4. LeBron James led the way with 32 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists, Kyle Korver added 18 points while JR Smith and Jordan Clarkson each scored 12 points. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 44 percent from the field and 12 of 34 from the three-point line but it was a physical, closely contested game throughout until Korver and Lebron combined in a decisive 10-2 run for the Cavaliers late in the fourth quarter. Kevin Love had a forgettable game as he scored just five points on two of 10 shooting, but overall it was a satisfying win for the Cavaliers who now reclaim home-court advantage.

The Cavaliers will be feeling like they got away with something as they’re suddenly back in the driver’s seat after getting blown out by the Pacers in Game 1. LeBron continues to carry the majority of the scoring load but he got just enough help from the veteran Korver late in Game 4 to level the series. With the series back in Cleveland, I expect the Cavaliers’ role players to step up, especially Love who was a non-factor on Sunday. The Pacers are certainly capable of the upset but I think this series is going seven games, so I’m taking the Cavaliers to hold serve at home in this one.