Nuggets vs Rockets Prediction - NBA Picks 11/12/23
Houston Rockets (4-3) vs Denver Nuggets (8-1)
Game Info: Sunday, November 12, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Toyota Center)
Betting Odds: Houston Rockets +3.5 -- Over/Under: 217.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Denver Nuggets pay a visit to the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center on Sunday night.
The Denver Nuggets have been in red-hot form as they've won eight of their first nine games overall and they will be aiming for a fifth straight victory after sneaking past the Warriors in a 108-105 win on Wednesday. Nikola Jokic led the team with 35 points, 13 rebounds and five assists on 14 of 25 shooting, Reggie Jackson added 20 points with six assists while Michael Porter Jr. chipped in with 14 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. As a team, the Nuggets shot 44 percent from the field and 11 of 35 from the 3-point line as they surrendered a 12-point lead in the third quarter, before they regrouped and restricted the Warrors to just eight points in the final 3:55 to escape with the narrow win and improve to 6-0 at home.
Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets will be eager to build on their current five-game win streak after sneaking past the Pelicans in a 104-101 home win on Friday. Jalen Green led the team with 25 points, Alperen Sengun added 24 points with eight rebounds and three assists on 11 of 15 shooting while Fred VanVleet tallied 20 points with eight assists. As a team, the Rockets shot just 40 percent from the field and 10 of 35 from the 3-point line as they looked to be in deep trouble when they wasted a 14-point lead to fall behind by 10 points, but they surprised us yet again and poured in 34 points in the fourth quarter to improve to an impressive 5-1 at home this season.
The Nuggets are still missing their starting point guard in Jamal Murray, while the Rockets are still missing Victor Oladipo. The Nuggets have expectedly started the season in great form, winning eight of their first nine games so it's no surprise that they're favorites here. However, the Rockets have reeled off five wins on the trot to become the surprise team of the league at the moment, so this is a real danger game for the shorthanded Nuggets. It's tempting to take the Rockets at home, but I think the Nuggets still get the job done at the short line thanks to another big game from Jokic.