15* Rockets/Jazz NBA Late-Night BAILOUT on Utah -2.5
Houston vs. Utah,
02/29/2012 21:00 EDT,
Score: 83 - 104
Point Spread: -2½/-107 Utah
The Utah Jazz have certainly been struggling of late, but a lot of that has to do with playing one of the toughest schedule in the league in the month of February. I believe this team is undervalued heading into tonight's game with Houston because of their recent struggles. They are favored for good reason tonight.
Utah has lost nine of their last 11, but eight of those 11 games were played on the road, and two of their three home games came against the top two teams in the Western Conference in the Thunder and Spurs. Their road schedule has been a daunting one as well. It's safe to say the the Jazz are going to be extra hungry for a victory tonight to get back on track.
They should have no problem winning this game on their home floor, where they have been pretty impressive all season. This has been one of the best home teams in the league over the last decade as Salt Lake City provides a great atmosphere for basketball. The Jazz are 12-6 at home this season, while the Rockets are just 6-10 on the road.
Houston has won four straight, but all four of those wins came at home. This sets them up for a big letdown spot tonight as they are overrated due to their winning streak. This play falls into a system that is 26-6 (81.2%) ATS over the last 5 seasons. It tells us to bet against road teams (HOUSTON) - after 3 or more consecutive wins, extremely well rested team - playing only their 2nd game in 7 days. Roll with the Jazz Wednesday.