Utah Jazz at Houston Rockets
Utah Jazz Preview
The Utah Jazz have halted a season-worst, five-game losing streak and aim to notch another victory when they visit the Houston Rockets on Sunday. The Jazz ended their skid with a 117-114 home win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday. Forward Bojan Bogdanovic scored 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting for his second 20-point effort in the past three games.
Point guard Mike Conley added 18 points and is averaging 20.3 over the past three games as he works to overcome a slow start in his first season in Utah. All-Star center Rudy Gobert had 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting) and 14 rebounds for his 14th double-double over the past 15 games.
Houston Rockets Preview
The Houston Rockets strive to beat Utah for the eighth time in 10 regular-season meetings when they host the Jazz on Sunday. The Rockets will be looking to bounce back from a dreadful showing on Friday, when they were whipped 127-91 by the host Phoenix Suns. The Rockets allowed 46 first-quarter points, shot just 34.1 percent from the field (including 11 of 48 from 3-point range) and were outrebounded 51-29.
All-Star guard James Harden scored 32 points for his fourth 30-point effort over the past five games. All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook will be back in the lineup after being held out for rest on Friday. Westbrook has scored at least 20 points in 24 straight appearances.