Rockets vs. Jazz, the long time rivalry adds another chapter tonight. The two teams have split their two meetings so far this year, so the winner tonight takes the all-important tie-breaker. Home-court has been huge in their series this year, with the Rockets winning by 16 on February 19th; the Jazz won 104-83 on February 29th. With the Rockets holding a 2 1/2 game lead on Utah with 9 games left, a win tonight would basically eliminate Utah and lockup a spot for the Rockets. According to GM Daryl Morey, if the Rockets win tonight, they have a 96% chance to make the playoffs.â†µ
Big stat to watch tonight is the rebound battle. In their two games this season, the Jazz have out rebounded the Rockets on average 45-36 per game. The Rockets didn't have Camby back then and Scola didn't play in the first game; so I expect the Rockets to take care of business.