Jazz hope Ingles shoots down Rockets

Peter Mitchell, AAP US Correspondent
Australian ace Joe Ingles will need a big game if Utah are to win in Houston in the NBA playoffs

Utah Jazz will be relying on Joe Ingles' long range shooting when they fight for survival in the NBA playoffs against the Houston Rockets.

The Rockets, the NBA's top seed, hold a 3-1 lead in the series and need just one more victory to knock the Jazz out and move on to the western conference finals.

Tuesday's (Wednesday 10am AEST) game five will be played at Houston's Toyota Center, a daunting prospect for most teams but the Jazz have fond memories after shocking the Rockets in last week's game two.

Ingles sank seven of nine three-point attempts for a career-high 27 points to propel the Jazz to a surprise 116-108 lopsided win.

The Australian's teammates are expecting him to pull off a repeat performance.

"You guys saw what he can do when he had 27 here," the Jazz's star rookie Donovan Mitchell told reporters at the team's Tuesday morning shoot around.

The James Harden-led Rockets responded to that home loss by beating the Jazz in the next two games in Salt Lake City to sit on the brink of a much-anticipated match-up with the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors have a 3-1 lead against the New Orleans Pelicans and play game five in Oakland on Tuesday (Wednesday 12.30pm AEST).

The Rockets beat the Jazz in Salt Lake City on Sunday 100-87, with Ingles missing five of his seven three-point attempts.

The Jazz will be without their other Australian, Dante Exum, who suffered a left hamstring strain in the loss.

A similar injury will keep the Jazz's starting point guard Ricky Rubio out of the potentially season-ending game.

Coach Quin Snyder said the Jazz are desperate to keep their season alive.

"We have a team that wants to keep playing and in order to do that we have to play well and we have to play well one night; tonight," hesaid.

"If we don't it is over and no one wants that to happen."