Houston takes 3-1 lead into game 5 against Utah
Houston; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EDT
WESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND: Houston leads series 3-1
BOTTOM LINE: The Houston Rockets host the Utah Jazz in the Western Conference first round with a 3-1 lead in the series. The Jazz won the previous matchup 107-91. Donovan Mitchell scored 31 points to help lead Utah to the victory and James Harden recorded 30 points in the loss for Houston.
The Rockets have gone 31-10 at home. Houston is 29-12 in games decided by 10 points or more.
The Jazz are 30-22 in conference games. Utah ranks third in the Western Conference with 36.4 defensive rebounds per game, led by Rudy Gobert averaging 9.0.
TOP PERFORMERS: Harden has averaged 36.1 points and 6.6 rebounds for the Rockets. Chris Paul has averaged 17.1 points and collected 4.4 rebounds while shooting 45.0 percent over the last 10 games for Houston.
Ricky Rubio leads the Jazz averaging 6.1 assists while scoring 12.7 points per game. Mitchell has averaged 23.7 points and totaled 4.1 rebounds while shooting 36.6 percent over the last 10 games for Utah.
LAST 10 GAMES: Jazz: 5-4, averaging 110.8 points, 46.7 rebounds, 25.9 assists, eight steals and 6.1 blocks per game while shooting 46.2 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.6 points on 44.8 percent shooting.
Rockets: 8-2, averaging 119.9 points, 44.6 rebounds, 22.4 assists, 8.1 steals and 4.9 blocks per game while shooting 46.0 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 103.3 points on 43.2 percent shooting.
Rockets Injuries: None listed.
Jazz Injuries: Dante Exum: out (right knee pain).