At the beginning of the season, the Rockets were touted as a top Western Conference favorite. Russell Westbrook’s arrival from Oklahoma City was seen as the missing link for NBA bets profits. James Harden’s quest for a partner he could work with was said to be completed. So far Houston has shown tremendous offensive production. However, their defense is nowhere near championship caliber. Counter to that is a Nuggets team that has one of the best defenses in the NBA. Nikola Jokic has emerged as a bona fide Denver superstar that has transformed the franchise.
Denver Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets
|Date and Time:||Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 9:20 p.m. ET|
|Location:||Toyota Center, Houston, Texas|
|Nuggets vs. Rockets TV Coverage:||ESPN|
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Denver Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets Overview
Houston has an offshore bookmaker record of 26-15 straight up, 19-22 against the spread and 18-23 under the total. Overall the Rockets rank second in the NBA for scoring offense and 24th for points allowed. Houston has dropped five of its last six games to the spread. Further, three of their last five have gone under the total. Houston is neck and neck with Dallas in the Southwest Division.
By contrast, the Nuggets are 29-12 straight up, 17-20-4 vs. the odds, 18-23 under the total. Denver’s NBA metrics are 18th for scoring offense and third for points allowed. Late on the Nuggets have paid in four of their last six games. Four of their last five have gone under the total. Denver leads the Northwest Division.
Key Nuggets: C Nikola Jokic (19.2 PTS, 9.9 REB, 6.4 AST, 51.0 FGPCT, 33.1 3PPCT, 80.3 FTPCT), SG Will Barton (15.1 PTS, 6.8 REB, 3.7 AST, 45.1 FG PCT, 37.1 3PPCT, 75.8 FTPCT), PF Paul Millsap has been out with a knee injury,
Jamal Murray is out indefinitely with an ankle injury
Key Rockets: SG James Harden (37.1 PTS, 6.2 REB, 7.5 AST, 44.5 FGPCT, 37.0 3PPCT, 86.1 FTPCT), PG Russell Westbrook (25.1 PTS, 7.8 REB, 7.2 AST, 43.9 FGPCT, 23.6 3PPCT, 77.1 FTPCT), C Clint Capela (14.4 PTS, 14.4 REB, 63.2 FGPCT, 56.5 FTPCT, 0.0 3PPCT)
Denver and Houston Against the Spread
The Nuggets Are:
- 5-4 against the spread in their last nine away games
- 7-1 over the total on the road
- 7-4 on the board in their last 11 games as a dog
- 2-4 under the total when getting points
- 4-8 vs. the odds in their last 12 games at Toyota Center
- 7-5 over the total in road games against the Rockets
The Rockets Are:
- 6-5 against the spread in their last 11 home games
- 2-5 under the total at the Toyota Center
- 7-2 on the board in their head to head series with the Nuggets
- 5-3 over the total against Denver
- 6-5 vs. the line as a favorite
- 2-7-1 under the total in their last 10 games as a chalk
Denver Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets NBA Bets Picks
Cause by the Rockets offense and head to head marks with Denver do they rate the edge. Westbrook gives Houston has that one extra star for NBA Bets success that the Nuggets lack.
Denver vs. Houston NBA Bet Pick: Houston Rockets
Denver vs. Houston NBA Bet Score Prediction: Rockets 111, Nuggets 91