Utah Jazz (0-2) host the Houston Rockets (2-0) in hopeful first win of the season

Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

Game #3 • EnergySolutions Arena • Salt Lake City, UT November 2, 2013 • 7 p.m. (MT) • TV: ROOT Sports; RADIO: 1280 AM/97.5 FM

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NBA Regular Season 2013-2014, Game 3:

Houston Rockets (2-0) @ Utah Jazz (0-2)

Nov Game Streams (All) / The Dream Shake (SB Nation Blog) / Rockets vs Jazz coverage

Never forget: Scottie Pippen was a Rockettes player long enough to get a contract, then split


The Basics:

Houston is a good team with high aspirations. We're a team still looking for a win.

Utah Jazz (0-2)
Houston Rockets (2-0)
Value NBA Rank Value NBA Rank Value
Own PPG 91.0 26th 104.5 9th -13.5
ORTG 95.1 26th 107.6 9th -12.5
Opp PPG 94.0 10th 94.0 7th 0.0
DRTG 98.2 9th 96.8 7th 1.4
Pace 95.7 14th 97.1 12th -1.4
Strength Offensive Reb Offensive Reb
Gets to the line Gets to the line
Defense Star Power
Three point shooting
Weakness Turn Overs Turn Overs
Free Throw making Dwight is a jerk
Three point making Air pollution
Tracy McGrady

There's a lot to like if you a Houston, and in addition to their success so far with their Top 10 offense and Top 10 defense, they have a number of starts who help make the refs make the call. That always helps, no matter if you are at home or on the road.



Probable Starters:

Utah Jazz Houston Rockets
John Lucas III 6.5 3.0 0.5 PG Jeremy Lin 14.0 3.0 1.5
Gordon Hayward 15.0 6.5 7.0 SG James Harden 27.5 4.0 3.5
Richard Jefferson 8.5 1.0 3.5 SF Chandler Parsons 9.5 2.5 6.0
Derrick Favors 14.5 4.5 13.0 PF Omer Asik 5.0 0.0 13.0
Enes Kanter 17.0 1.0 11.0 C Dwight Howard 15.0 1.0 21.0
Alec Burks 19.5 3.5 4.0 6 Francisco Garcia 13.5 1.5 2.0
Jamaal Tinsley 2.0 3.0 1.5 7 Aaron Brooks 6.5 1.5 1.0
Mike Harris 6.5 0.0 3.0 8 Omri Casspi 8.0 2.0 3.0
Rudy Gobert 1.5 0.0 3.5 9 Terrence Jones 3.0 0.0 1.0

NOTE: The Utah Jazz just announced that Jamaal Tinsley will get the start tonight at point guard.

Yes, there are some injuries early, particularly to Patrick Beverley (HOU PG starter), and to the Jazz five rotation guys in Trey Burke (PG Starter), Brandon Rush, Marvin Williams, Jeremy Evans, and Andris Biedrins. Still, the Rockets are top heavy so we expect them to go with their stars early and often.

It's interesting that our top scorer so far in all of 2 games is the guy many media members is convinced shouldn't even be in the NBA. Funny.


    One last thing:

    We really need a point guard.



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