The Houston Rockets face the Utah Jazz at home on Monday, October 24. The Rockets lost on the road 105-125 to the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday night to start the season 0-3, while the Jazz beat the New Orleans Pelicans 122-121 in overtime on Sunday night.
The Jazz have been the surprise of the young season. After trading All-Stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell and 18-point-per-game scorer Bojan Bogdanovic, many assumed the Jazz would deploy the tank. Instead, they’ve reeled off three wins against playoff teams. These are the odds, injury reports, and starters for the Rockets vs Jazz’s October 22 matchup.
Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz odds
Wynnbet has the Rockets as +2.0 underdogs against the Jazz. The over/under for total points is 234.5 points. ESPN analytics gives the Jazz a 62.1% chance to win the game.
Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz injury report
Jae'Sean Tate and TyTy Washington are listed as out again after missing the first three games. Tate is dealing with an ankle injury, and Washington has been dealing with a sprained knee.
Bruno Fernando will be out again with a sore left knee. He was added to the injury report and missed the Bucks game.
The Jazz’s only listed injury is Udoka Azubuike. It remains possible some Jazz will be held out of the game for rest, but nothing has been made official as of 3:00 p.m. central time.
Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz starters
The Bucks started Lauri Markkanen, Kelly Olynyk, Jordan Clarkson, Mike Conley, and Jarred Vanderbilt against the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Rockets started Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr., Kenyon Martin Jr., Jabari Smith Jr., and Usman Garuba against the Bucks. Martin got the nod at small forward as Eric Gordon rested his groin. Expect Gordon to slot back in at small forward against the Jazz.
Garuba was a surprise starter at center over Alperen Sengun after Bruno Fernando was ruled out. The Bucks feature a massive frontline in Brook Lopez and Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Jazz’s starting frontcourt of Lauri Markkanen and Kelly Olynyk relies on finesse and 3-point shooting. It’s possible Sengun will get the start to see if he can take advantage of their defensive deficiencies, while not needing as much rim protection to slow the pair down.
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