Nuggets vs. Rockets Prediction
Will the Houston Rockets move closer to the top of the West when they host the Denver Nuggets tonight at 8PM ET?
583 Denver Nuggets vs. 584 Houston Rockets
Monday, January 7, 2019
8PM ET – Toyota Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Rockets are the slight favorite at home, as they are getting odds of -1.5 points against the Nuggets. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 216 points. The public betting for this game currently has 88 percent going on the Rockets at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Nuggets on big win streak
The Denver Nuggets are on a five-game winning streak following a 123-110 win at home over Charlotte on Saturday. The Nuggets have covered the spread in their last two games. Denver is now 26-11 on the season, 10-8 on the road, 21-16 against the spread and 20-16-1 with the under.
The Nuggets are one of the top defensive teams in the NBA, allowing 105.2 points per game while holding opponents to 33 percent shooting from the arc. Offensively, Denver is putting up 110.6 points per game while shooting 46.3 percent from the floor. Nikola Jokic is leading the team this season with 18.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game while Jamal Murray is adding 18.5 points and 5.0 assists per contest.
Rockets looking to bounce back
Houston is coming off a 110-101 loss at Portland, which snapped a 6-game win and cover streak for the Rockets. Houston is now 22-16 overall, 13-5 at home, 19-18-1 against the spread and 21-17 with the over.
The Rockets are putting up 110.3 points per game on offense this season while the defense is giving up 109.0 points per contest. Houston will continue to be without Chris Paul and Eric Gordon due to injuries. James Harden has been leading this team with an MVP-type season. Gordon is averaging 33.7 points, 8.5 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game. Clint Capela is adding 17.2 points and 12.9 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Nuggets are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games playing on 1 day of rest, but just 1-5 ATS in their last six road games.
The Rockets are 8-0-1 against the spread in their last nine home games and 8-1-1 against the spread in their last 10 conference games.
This is a very strange spread. While Denver has a good record, the Nuggets are not covering consistently. Houston has been arguably the hottest team in the league the last few weeks. They won at Golden State without Paul or Gordon available, so I think they should be just fine at home tonight. The Rockets don’t have much of a spread to cover, so I would feel good about jumping on them tonight.
NBA Prediction: Houston Rockets -1.5