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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).