Rockets vs. Jazz NBA expert final score prediction and odds for Thursday, April 10 (Take the points with Utah)

NBA betting preview, prediction and best bet for Rockets-Jazz. 
Apr 9, 2024; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Talen Horton-Tucker (5) goes to the basket against the Denver Nuggets.
Apr 9, 2024; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Talen Horton-Tucker (5) goes to the basket against the Denver Nuggets. / Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

Houston gave a great effort to try to crash the playoff party in the Western Conference with an 11-game winning streak in March, but the Rockets have been mathematically eliminated following a five-game losing streak. The Rockets climbed to within a game of .500 with a 118-106 victory over Orlando on Tuesday. 

Can Houston pull away from the lowly Jazz as double-digit road favorites Thursday night? The Jazz have dropped 13 straight and we’re closing in on the one-month mark since their last victory (March 15 vs. Atlanta). Can they hang within the big spread? Here’s the betting preview of the matchup with a best bet. 

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Rockets vs. Jazz  odds, spread and total

Rockets vs. Jazz how to watch

  • Date: Thursday, April 11 
  • Game time: 9 p.m. EST
  • Venue: Delta Center
  • How to watch (TV): Bally Sports
  • Rockets record: 39-40
  • Jazz record: 29-50

Rockets vs. Jazz  injury report

Houston Rockets

  • Steven Adams (knee): out
  • Tari Eason (leg): out
  • Alperen Sengun (ankle): out
  • Jae’Sean Tate (ankle): out

Utah Jazz

  • Jordan Clarkson (SI): out
  • John Collins (back): out
  • Kris Dunn (foot): out 
  • Walker Kessler (nasal fracture): out 
  • Lauri Markkanen (shoulder): out
  • Collin Sexton (illness): out 

Rockets vs. Jazz  key players to watch

Houston Rockets

Fred VanVleet: The veteran guard is averaging 17.1 points per game this season but is only shooting 41.6% from the field. VanVleet exploded in Tuesday’s home win over Orlando, pouring in 37 points to go with 8 rebounds and 6 assists on 13-of-22 shooting and six 3-pointers. VanVleet is averaging 21.2 points in five April contests. 

Utah Jazz

Talen Horton-Tucker: Getting a chance at more minutes given Utah’s injuries down the stretch, Horton-Tucker has scored in double figures in each of his last three games, including a season-high 24 points on 10-of-23 shooting in Tuesday’s loss to Denver. 

Rockets vs. Jazz  prediction and pick

It’s an unproven lineup for the Jazz, which will finish a lost season without its four top scorers. Still, both the Rockets and Jazz have nothing to play for over the final three games of the regular season as they turn their collective sights toward the NBA Draft.

Utah has had one of the biggest crashes of any team in basketball this season, going 3-24 since sitting at .500 at the beginning of February. However, Houston has covered just twice in the seven games since its long winning streak briefly revived the season. The Rockets are the best team in the NBA  at home from an ATS perspective (27-13-1), but on the road it has been a different story (16-21-1). 

You’re not going to find many statistical metrics that favor the Jazz in this matchup, it just feels like a tall task for a Houston offense that is 26th in effective field goal percentage and in the bottom half of the NBA in road scoring to visit Salt Lake City with no motivation and win by such a big margin. Take the points with Utah. 

Game odds update periodically and are subject to change.