Nuggets vs. Rockets Prediction
Can the Houston Rockets bounce back from their latest loss when they host the surging Denver Nuggets tonight at 8PM ET?
547 Denver Nuggets vs. 548 Houston Rockets
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
8PM ET – Toyota Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, the Rockets are the clear favorite in this game, as they are getting odds of -8.5 points against the Nuggets. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 230 points. The public betting currently has 64 percent going on the Nuggets as the road underdog. 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 staying strong
Denver has won four of its last five games coming into tonight’s game following a 107-100 win at Minnesota on Monday night. The Nuggets are 30-13 on the season, 13-7 at home, 18-21-4 against the spread and 24-19 with the under.
The Nuggets are one of the better defensive teams in the league, allowing just 105.6 points per game while holding opponents to just 33.1 percent shooting from the arc. Offensively, Denver is putting up 109.3 points per game while shooting 46.3 percent from the field. The Nuggets are without some pieces tonight as Mason Plumlee, Paul Millsap and Jamal Murray are all listed as out with injuries while Gary Harris is doubtful. All four play consistent minutes for the team. Murray averages 17.6 points and 4.6 assists per game. Nikola Jokic is leading the squad with 19.4 points, 10.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists per contest.
Rockets continue slide
Houston has lost four straight coming into tonight’s game following a 112-107 loss at home to the Thunder. The Rockets have dropped three straight at home and they are just 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games. Houston is now 26-16 on the season, 14-7 at home, 19-23 against the spread and 24-18 with the under.
The Rockets are putting up 118.3 points per game this year while shooting 45.2 percent as a team. Defensively, Houston is allowing 114.2 points per game while opponents shoot 45.6 percent against them. The Rockets are led by James Harden, who is averaging 36.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 7.4 assists per contest. Russell Westbrook is adding 25.3 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.3 assists per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Nuggets are 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five games as an underdog and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a win.
The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a failed cover, but 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning percentage over .600.
This is an interesting matchup as the Rockets have struggled shooting from the arc lately and Denver is one of the top defenses from 3-point land. Denver is without some key pieces, which is concerning, but Houston is just not on the same page right now. They have really been outclassed lately and have struggled with good defenses and good offenses. Denver may be short-handed, but the Nuggets have some bench pieces that seem capable of stepping up. I think Houston is giving up too many points given their struggles.
NBA Prediction: Denver Nuggets +8.5