Michael Wyke, AP
Utah Jazz center Ekpe Udoh (33) and Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) scramble for a loose ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

SALT LAKE CITY — Coach Quin Snyder calls his Thursday night opponent, the Houston Rockets, “arguably the best team in the league.” He also knows his team was blasted by the Rockets by 27 points when the two teams played earlier this season in Houston.

So what does he expect from tonight’s game?

“Any time you play that level of team, you’ve got to be pretty good,” he said.

The Jazz will have to be very good to keep up with the Rockets, especially considering they are still short-handed with Rodney Hood missing his sixth straight game with soreness in his left ankle and Joe Johnson still out with his wrist injury. At least the Jazz get Raul Neto back after his missed three of the last four games.

Snyder believes his team has improved since the Nov. 5 game in Houston when the Rockets prevailed 137-110 and the Jazz allowed the most points by far this season.

“Hopefully that means we play better,” Snyder said. “We’ve been competitive with them before, our team can’t forget that, and we don’t need to forget they drilled us. There's a balance there.”

The Rockets are coming in on a seven-game winning streak winning by an average of 21 points. The Jazz won six in a row before losing Tuesday night in Oklahoma City.