Denver Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets
The Denver Nuggets and the Houston Rockets face off on Wednesday in Denver in Western Conference NBA action. The Rockets are -5 point favorites over the Nuggets with an over/under point total set at 224.
The Denver Nuggets don’t have a lot to play for this season as they aren’t going to the playoffs. The Nuggets are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 20-18 at home this season, and the have lost their last two games. Ty Lawson is Denver’s leading scorer but he is out for this one and Wilson Chandler, who averages 14 points per game, is questionable. Kenneth Faried is averaging 13.3 points and 8.2 rebounds and Randy Foye is averaging 12.5 points. As a team the Nuggets are averaging 104.1 points and they are shooting 44.8 percent including 36.3 percent from beyond the three point arc while defensively they are allowing 106.4 points and their opponents are shooting 45.6 percent. If the Nuggets were in the Eastern Conference they would be in the thick of it for the eighth playoff spot.
The Houston Rockets look to have the number four seed in the Western Conference playoffs wrapped up and with time running out it is unlikely they will move up or down in positioning. The Rockets are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 21-17 on the road this season, and they have won their last three games. Dwight Howard is questionable for this one but James Harden leads Houston averaging 25.5 points and 5.9 assists, Chandler Parsons is averaging 16.4 points and 5.5 rebounds, and Jeremy Lin is averaging 12.5 points. As a team the Rockets are averaging 107.6 points and they are shooting 47.4 percent including 35.6 percent from beyond the three-point arc while defensively they are allowing 102.8 points and their opponents are shooting 44.1 percent. The Rockets have proved they can play with anyone when they are 100 percent.
Denver is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games, 5-1 against the spread in their last six home games, and 4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Houston is 2-6 against the spread in their last eight road games, 1-6 against the spread in their last seven road games against a team with a winning home record, and 3-7 against the spread following a win by 10 or more points. Houston has covered the point spread in just one of the last nine meetings of these two.
The total in this one is set at 224 and I like for it to stay under that number.