Denver Nuggets at Houston Rockets Betting Pick
Houston comes into this game with an overall record of 14-41, and they haven’t been competitive in a number of games. The Rockets have now lost four straight games, and this team has won just seven home games all year.
Denver has won nine of their last 11 games, and they continue to climb up the standings in the Western Conference. The Nuggets are dealing with some serious adversity at this time, but that shouldn’t play a role in this matchup.
The Denver Nuggets are 8.5-point favorites over the Houston Rockets in this Western Conference battle.
Nuggets Playing Without Murray
The Denver Nuggets will play the rest of the season without point guard Jamal Murray after he suffered a torn ACL. Murray was really starting to turn it on offensively, and the Nuggets will have to find a way to make up for more than 20 points per game.
All-Star center Nikola Jokic is having the best year of his career, and he will likely be named league MVP when the season comes to an end. Jokic is leading the team with 26 points and 8.8 assists per game and does a little bit of everything for this offense.
Denver is scoring over 115 points per game, and they are holding opponents to just 111 points per night. The Nuggets might be missing one of their stars, but this team can still win plenty of games.
Houston Needs to Defend
If the Houston Rockets are going to keep this game close then, they need to find a way to get stops on the defensive end of the floor. The Rockets are giving up nearly 114 points per game, but that number has been getting worse in recent weeks.
With all of the trades that the team has made this season, Jae’Sean Tate is leading the team with just 11 points per game. Center Christian Wood has been a dominant presence in the paint, but he will be facing a dominant post player in this game.
The Rockets have some intriguing young talent, but they must find a way to be better defensively if they want to pick up wins.
Denver Destroys Houston
This has not been a good season for the Houston Rockets, and this team is simply counting down the days until the season is over. There just isn’t much talent on this Houston roster, and they are completely overmatched in this game.
Denver has been one of the best teams in the NBA in the last two months, and this will be a chance for them to pick up an easy win.
Even though the Nuggets are playing without their second-best player, Denver will have little trouble in this game. Bet the Denver Nuggets -8.5 over the Houston Rockets in NBA action on Friday night.
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