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Game Thread - Utah Jazz @ Houston Rockets

For the first time in a long time, everyone except Okur is eligible to play tonight. According to the Jazz though, Francisco Elson will be inactive instead of Evans or Hayward.

The Rockets have won 7 of their last 10 and 3 straight. Some of those wins have been over the Blazers, Hornets, and Celtics. They also managed to drop one to the Clippers though. Leading the way for them has been Kyle Lowery who has averaged 19 & 7 over that span. Kevin Martin of course is always a threat. Houston will also get Luis Scola back tonight who's missed the last 5 games with a strained knee.

The Jazz are just a 1/2 game up on Houston right now. A win tonight would be big for a couple of reasons. One, it would keep them on pace with Memphis who won last night. That would let them go into tomorrow's night game with a chance to take over the 8th spot in the West. A win would also keep Houston at bay for now. A loss would drop them a fraction of a percentage point behind the Rockets and Suns for 10th.

Houston has the league's fourth-best offense when looking at offensive efficiency. They put up 111 points per 100 possessions. However, they also give up 109 points on the other end. They also put up a lot of threes. So we'll see if our defense has improved any.

This should be a high-scoring affair.

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