Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets - 5/4/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets - 5/4/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Joe Ingles' incredible season continued today (AEST) as he led the Utah Jazz to a stunning upset result over the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of their Western Conference semi-finals.

Mitchell is having an incredible postseason, as he helped guide the Jazz past the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round and was the first rookie to score 20-plus in his first six playoff games since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The Rockets were better than the Jazz throughout the season, and one game doesn't erase that.

And Harden, who finished with 32 points and 11 assists in the shock defeat, says Houston paid the price for overlooking the Jazz. The tip dunk was the highlight of the game, and even had a great quote to go with it ("I just happened to be up there", Mitchell said, "so I figured why come down with it?"), but the entire series of plays showcased what makes Mitchell so special.

After trailing by 25 points at halftime of the 110-96 loss in the series opener, the Jazz jumped out to an early lead in this one and led by as many as 19 in the first half.

Houston regained the lead in the third quarter but couldn't keep pace with the Jazz in the fourth as their normally potent offense went cold.

The Jazz hit a franchise playoff-high 15 3-pointers and finally beat a Rockets team that had owned them in the five games (wins all by 11 or more points) they played leading up to Wednesday's dramatic momentum shifter.

He finished with 17 points and 11 assists.

Joe Ingles led the Jazz with a career-high 27 points. The Jazz also received strong performances from Ruby Gobert (15 points, 14 rebounds) and Dante Exum, whose defense on Rockets guard James Harden proved instrumental during crucial stretches.

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"We had some time to think about, and talk about what we do", Ingles said post-game.

P.J. Tucker then missed a driving layup, Exum secured the rebound and Ingles made another 3-pointer to give Utah a 12-point lead at 108-96 with 4:27 remaining, and the Rockets couldn't mount a rally from there. Rudy Gobert made one of two free-throw tries before Exum put it out of reach with a dunk. And in the second half, as the Rockets were threatening, the Jazz went on a soul-crushing 16-2 run.

The Jazz destroyed the Rockets from the 3-point line. I originally had this going six games, but definitely didn't see Houston losing tonight.

"Give them credit", Harden said.

Meanwhile, Houston shot only 10-of-37 on 3-pointers. So they made adjustments, especially on the pick and roll. So I said: "'Why come down with it?"

We know Mitchell is an explosive scorer, but developing as a playmaker will be a key factor in determining his ceiling.

"Just being poised and staying under control was the biggest thing", Mitchell said.

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