Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets, 5-8-2018 - Prediction & Preview

The Vivint Smart Home Arena played host to what could plausibly be the Jazz's final home game of the postseason as the Utah Jazz dropped their second consecutive game in Salt Lake City to go 1-3 down in the Western Conference Semifinals against the top-seeded Houston Rockets.

Jazz center Rudy Gobert's: 12.3 points, 10.5 rebounds, two blocks.

Rockets defense - But obviously, doing so will be much easier said than done as the Rockets have pretty handily shut down the Jazz offense in three out of the first four games. Joe Ingles finished with 15 points on six-of-13 shooting in the loss.

Chris Paul says that mid-range jumpers are like layups for him.

With MVP favourite James Harden as his running mate in the backcourt, he has a superstar teammate he can rely on to help him get over the hump.

Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell rebounded nicely to pour in 25 points, but shot poorly from the field and fouled out in the 4th quarter.

The Rockets have an opportunity to close out the Jazz at home in Houston in Game 5.

The Jazz are now in a situation where they will play a waiting game with their point guards before Tuesday's contest. "I know how bad he wants to play, that is why he went through what he did this morning to see if he was able to contribute, even if it was in a more limited role, but he's just not there".

This stretch of dominance included a 30-point halftime lead in Game 3 and resulted in the Rockets heading back home with a 3-1 series lead and once again looking like the best team in the National Basketball Association.

The Houston Rockets are one game away from their first Western Conference Finals since 2015, and they have their defense - rather than their league-leading offense - to thank for that. "He doesn't, you know, ask for a lot", Harden said. "We're going to fight until the end and we're going to keep getting better". Offense can be hard to execute in the slog of a playoff series; sometimes what you need is just someone who can get a bucket. The Rockets will look to finish off the Jazz in Game 5 back in Houston on Tuesday night.

3-point shooting - Apart from Mitchell, just about the only hope the Jazz have of taking Game 5 is if they get hot on 3-pointers.

"I'm exhausted of going out and playing and letting fans say what the hell they want to say, I'm not with that". "We started training camp and the beginning of the season, this entire regular season, we didn't just come this far to be up 3-1 in the semifinals". His minutes are increasing each game he plays, up to 31 in Game 4. The Jazz has won five of the seven playoff series between the teams and holds a 26-21 edge in playoff victories.

Head Coach Mike D'Antoni summarized Capela's impact succinctly. "The guy's incredible the whole time", D'Antoni said. We're just enjoying the process. It has been an offensive struggle all series for the Jazz, and game 5 will be no different.

  • Julie Sanders