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Rockets vs. Jazz odds, Game 1 line: Picks, top predictions for 2019 NBA Playoffs from model on 76-59 roll

The stylistic contrast features Houston's second-rated offense, led by James Harden , going up against Utah's rugged second-ranked defense.

Both clubs come into the NBA Playoffs 2019 with momentum, as Houston won 11 of its last 14, while Utah finished with a 13-3 mark in its final 16 regular-season contests.

The model knows the Rockets will be determined to make fast work of this series in order to prepare for a likely second-round meeting with the top-seeded Golden State Warriors .

The Rockets boast the NBA's second-rated offense and James Harden has made a case for repeating as MVP.

Even so, Houston isn't guaranteed to cover the Rockets vs. Jazz spread in Game 1 on Sunday against a Utah team that came on strong as the NBA Playoffs 2019 approached.

If he is limited, the Jazz will have to go to a smaller lineup in order to match Houston's personnel, but will sacrifice quite a bit on the defensive end.

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