The Houston Rockets (40-13) welcome the Denver Nuggets (29-25) to Toyota Center. The Rockets will attempt to prolong their six-game winning streak. Action gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, February 9, 2018, and can be seen on ATTSN Southwest.
Denver Nuggets at Houston Rockets Betting Odds
Both teams defeated their last opponent. The Rockets defeated the Miami Heat 109-101, while the Nuggets beat the Charlotte Hornets 121-104.
The Nuggets, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.524, had a fantastic mark of 0.679 and held the Hornets to an offensive rebounding percentage of 12.2 (below their season average of 23.2). The Rockets, on the other hand, made 21 of their 26 free throws (80.8 percent) and had a turnover percentage of 9.5 (better than their season average of 12.5). Houston rallied around James Harden, who contributed 41 points and six assists. Meanwhile, Nikola Jokic fueled Denver with 15 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists.
Houston could dominate on the offensive side of the ball as their productive offense faces off against one of the worst defenses in the NBA. The Rockets rank second in offensive efficiency, while Denver ranks 21st in defensive efficiency. Also, the Nuggets rank second in offensive rebounding percentage (26.4 percent), while the Rockets rank second in defensive rebounding percentage (81.3 percent).
Vegas tends to place the total high when the Nuggets are involved, as 57.4 percent of their games have finished under the O/U total. Denver comes into the contest with records of 29-25 straight up (SU) and 25-26-3 against the spread (ATS).
Coinciding with Denver, games involving the Rockets have finished under the total 50.9 percent of the time. Further, Houston is 40-13 SU and 26-26-1 ATS.
Jokic has taken his game to another level over the last five games for Denver, averaging 19.2 points, 11.2 rebounds and 8.6 assists per game.
In their first matchup this season, Chris Paul led the Rockets to a 125-95 win. He notched a double-double with 23 points and 12 assists. The two teams combined to score 220 points, which was just under the projected point total of 223, and Houston covered as a 9-point favorite. Houston’s 0.659 effective field goal percentage was its largest strength over Denver, who had a mark of 0.460.
Denver Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets Odds Pick
Free Pick: SU Winner – Nuggets, ATS Winner – Nuggets, O/U – Over
The Nuggets rank fifth in rebounds per game (45.0) while the Rockets rank 15th (43.5).
Denver averages 48.2 points in the paint per game, which ranks fourth in the league. Houston ranks 27th in points allowed in the paint per game (47.6).
The Rockets rank fourth in steals per game (8.8) while the Nuggets rank 21st in steals allowed per game (8.2).
Denver averages 13.9 fast break points per game, which ranks seventh in the NBA. Houston ranks 23rd in fast break points allowed per game (12.6).
Houston averages 42.6 three pointers per game, which ranks first in the league. Denver ranks 12th in three pointers allowed per game (28.7).
The Rockets rank seventh in points off turnovers per game (17.9) while the Nuggets rank 29th in points off turnovers allowed per game (19.1).
The Nuggets rank fourth in second chance points per game (14.1) while the Rockets rank 18th (11.6).
Denver averages 4.7 blocks per game, which ranks 15th in the NBA. Houston ranks 16th in blocks allowed per game (4.8).
Denver ranks fourth in assists per game (24.1) while Houston ranks 22nd (21.9).
Denver is 13-2 when they hold opponents under 100 points, while Houston is 18-2.
The Nuggets are 23-16 when they reach the century mark, while the Rockets are 39-10.
Houston is 10-15-1 ATS at home, while Denver is 9-14-2 ATS on the road.
In 25 road games, the Nuggets have 14 unders and 11 overs.
The Rockets have 15 overs and 11 unders in 26 home games.
The Nuggets are 4-1 ATS over their last five games, while the Rockets are 3-2.
In their last five games, Denver has 4 overs and 1 under, while Houston has 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Nuggets’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.8, up from 1.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Rockets have scored an average of 113.6 points per game (0.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 100.0 points per game (5.8 below their season average).