Rockets vs. Nuggets Prediction
Who has the edge in the big game today in the NBA when the Denver Nuggets play host to the Houston Rockets today at 3:30PM ET?
511 Houston Rockets vs. 512 Denver Nuggets
Sunday, January 26, 2020
3:30PM ET – Pepsi Center
TV: NBA TV
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, the Nuggets are the favorite at home, as they are getting odds of -2 points against the Rockets. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 226.5 points. The public betting currently has 60 percent going on the Nuggets as the home favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Houston looks for three straight
Houston is seeking a third straight win today after beating the Nuggets at home earlier in the week and winning at Minnesota on Friday. The Rockets are 28-16 on the season, 13-9 on the road, 21-23 against the spread and 25-19 with the under.
The Rockets are putting up 118.7 points per game on offense this season while shooting 45.4 percent from the field. Defensively, Houston is giving up 114.2 points per game while opponents shoot 45.6 percent from the field. James Harden is questionable to play tonight due to a thigh injury. He is averaging 36.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 7.3 assists per contest. Russell Westbrook is adding 25.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game for Houston.
Nuggets return home
Denver wrapped a three-game road trip on Friday with a 113-106 win at New Orleans. The Nuggets were 2-1 in their road trip. Denver is now 31-14 on the season, 17-6 at home, 19-22-4 against the spread and 26-19 with the under.
The Nuggets are giving up just 106 points per game on defense while opponents shoot 45.4 percent against them. Offensively, Denver is putting up 109.3 points per game while opponents shoot 46.1 percent against them. Denver is without the likes of Jamal Murray, Paul Millsap and Mason Plumlee tonight due to injury. Nikola Jokic is leading the team with 19.6 points, 10.0 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game. Will Barton is adding 14.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
NBA Betting Trends
The Rockets are 11-4 against the spread in their last 15 games as a road underdog, but 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a win.
The Nuggets are 2-6-2 against the spread in their last 10 home games and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games following a win.
The home team has won and covered the spread in all three meetings this year, so I am going to ride the trend and say Denver gets the job done today. Harden won’t be 100 percent if he plays, so that takes a lot of offense away from the Rockets. Westbrook has proven he can’t really lead Houston consistently on his own. The Rockets don’t shoot a high percent and are facing a team that plays good defense, so I expect Houston to struggle to find consistent points.
NBA Prediction: Denver Nuggets -2