Houston Rockets vs. Denver Nuggets - 12/31/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Denver Nuggets (23-9) at Houston Rockets (22-11)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 7:00 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets +1 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets meet Tuesday in NBA action at the Toyota Center.
The Denver Nuggets look to stay hot after winning nine of their last 10 games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 108.3 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 103.1 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds while Jamal Murray is averaging 17.3 points and 4.6 assists. Will Barton is the third double-digit scorer and Paul Millsap is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76.7 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.1 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have split their last six road games.
The Houston Rockets look for a statement win after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 119.1 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 114.3 points on 45.9 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 38.3 points and 7.5 assists while Russell Westbrook is averaging 24.1 points and 7.1 assists. Clint Capela is the third double-digit scorer and Eric Gordon is grabbing 1.8 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.3 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won five of their last seven home games.
The Nuggets are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games as a road favorite and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Rockets are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games as an underdog, 30-14 ATS in their last 44 games as a home underdog and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The over is 4-1 in Nuggets last 5 overall. The under is 4-1 in Rockets last 5 home games. The Nuggets are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Houston and 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
This line is what it is due to James Harden being questionable with a toe injury, but I'm going to assume he's going to play because he usually always finds a way to play. The Denver Nuggets are playing their best ball of the season right now, but they've been hit or miss on the road and haven't had much road success ATS. The home team has won eight of the last 10 meetings between the Nuggets and Rockets. Assuming Harden is going to play, I'll take the Rockets in this toss up.