Denver Nuggets at Houston Rockets - 4/16/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Denver Nuggets at Houston Rockets - 4/16/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets (14-41) vs Denver Nuggets (35-20)

Game Info: Friday, April 16, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)

Betting Odds: Houston Rockets +7.5 -- Over/Under: 222 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets meet Friday in NBA action at the Toyota Center.

The Denver Nuggets look for a win after winning nine of their last 11 games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 115.1 points on 48.8 percent shooting and allowing 110 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 26 points and 10.9 rebounds while Michael Porter Jr. is averaging 17.5 points and one assist. Will Barton is the third double-digit scorer and Aaron Gordon is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 38.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game.

The Houston Rockets need a win after losing nine of their last 10 games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 108.3 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 114.8 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Christian Wood is averaging 21.2 points and 9.6 rebounds while John Wall is averaging 20.9 points and 6.9 assists. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Kelly Olynyk is grabbing 8.1 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.1 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 38.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.5 rebounds per game.

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The Nuggets are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 Friday games. The Rockets are 16-35 ATS in their last 51 home games and 18-41 ATS in their last 59 games overall. The under is 7-1 in Nuggets last 8 road games. The over is 4-0 in Rockets last 4 overall. The Nuggets are 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Houston.

The Denver Nuggets are a scary team to back with big chalk given the loss of Jamal Murray, but backing the Rockets simply isn't an option. The Houston Rockets continue to lose, they're losing their last five games by an average of 7.6 points and they're 18-37 against the spread on the season and 6-21 against the spread at home. Backing the Rockets is not an option. I'll lay the chalk with the Nuggets on the road.

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Randy’s Pick Denver Nuggets -7.5

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