Houston Rockets will be looking to go 2-0 in the first round playoff series when they host Utah Jazz in game-2 at Toyota Center, in downtown Houston, Texas, on Thursday morning (IST).
What competition it is? NBA Playoffs
Series: 2nd Game, Rockets lead 1-0
Teams: Houston Rockets and Utah Jazz
Match Day: April 18, 2019
Jump Ball Time: @ 07:00 AM IST
Where the game is played? Toyota Center (18,300)
TV Info: Sony Sports Network has the rights to stream NBA matches in India. Premier members can also catch the Live Action on SonyLiv App.
HOU vs UTA Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
Houston Rockets had a lot of positives to take from the first game. They dominated the match from the off, both the paint and the arc, against a team which ended the regular season with 50 wins.
For that reason, Utah's performance came as a shock. They failed to take a cue from Milwaukee's defense on how to limit James Harden's powers.
Though in part Utah did a good job on the reigning MVP as Harden shot just 11 on 26 from the field, missing all his six floaters. The presence of towering Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors played a significant part in Harden's poor finish.
But Harden may have been limited but he still managed to find his teammates with his right hand.
It wasn't a bad idea to shadow Harden on the court. It worked for Milwaukee Bucks in the regular season, but the move also left the likes of P. J. Tucker and Clint Capela.
Jazz could do with a slight adjustment in the next match. They have no option but to come good or a 0-2 deficit in the series may prove too hard to evaporate.
Regular Season Record-
Houston Rockets: W-53, L-29
Utah Jazz: W-50, L-32
Players to watch out for:
James Harden – The favorite for the MVP this season is none other than the reigning MVP, James Harden. For he is having an insane season, and this is no exaggeration by any means. Mr. Beard is racking up a season-high 36.1 points per game. He is the only player to average in the 30s this season, averaging 36.5 points per game. The 29-year-old scored 50 points in the last match. Truly incredible.
Clint Capela – Missed a large chunk of the game due to a knee injury. Though he took a while to return back to his pre-injury form. Now it seems he is back. The 24-year-old Center is an indispensable part of the team. He is averaging 16.6 points per game this season, along with a team-high 12.6 rebounds per game. In the last match, he had a double-double against the New York Knicks.
Donovan Mitchell – Utah’s go-to-man and more often than not, always live up to the billing. Any superlative may not do justice to the kind of impact he is having on the team this season. And you look at his age, 22 years, and you wonder how much he can still learn and grow in this game. The shooting guard is racking up 23.5 points per game this season, while his last 10 games have produced 27 points per game.
Rudy Gobert – This season he has been phenomenal, to say the least. Perhaps the most versatile player on Utah Jazz’s roster is Rudy Gobert. Just look at his numbers: 13.0 per game and 15.4 points per game. Indispensable and the kind of player which ticks all the boxes on a Basketball court.
HOU vs UTA Dream11 TEAM NEWS:
Injured – Houston Rockets have a full-strength team available for selection.
Questionable – None at the moment.
Suspended – None.
Injured – Dante Exum will be missing the clash due to a knee injury.
Questionable – Moreover, Jazz could be without two key bench players here as Thabo Sefolosha (hip injury) and the veteran guard Kyle Korver are both nursing injury.
Suspended – None.
HOU vs UTA Dream11 Teams (Starting Lineup; Probables):
From the bench (Probables):
HOU vs UTA Dream11 Fantasy Team:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Houston Rockets are to win the match.
NOTE: THIS HOU vs UTA Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.