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(26-11) Denver Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets (22-16)
Monday, January 7 the Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets meet for the second time this season. On Saturday, the Nuggets defeated the Hornets while Houston lost to the Blazers.
Houston has owned Denver in recent history having swept them the past two seasons and took the initial game this year.
Nearing the half way mark of the season the Denver Nuggets continue to occupy the top seed in the Western Conference.
This in spite of or numerous injuries to several of the team’s core contributors. Nikola Jokic has waged his own MVP campaign based on keeping the team atop the conference with the assistance of Jamal Murray and arguably the deepest squad in the Association.
In the win over Charlotte, Jokic lead the way with 39 points while Paul Milsap (18) and Gary Harris (17) each chipped in via a reserve role.
The Nuggets rank seventh offensively, ninth defensively and fifth in net differential.
Denver weathered the initial storm of injuries but is still waiting to get other key contributors back. Will Barton and Isaiah Thomas both had surgery on their right hips and are each expected to return mid month.
Jarred Vanderbilt (foot) and Michael Porter Jr. (back) remain out with an unknown return date.
James Harden’s five consecutive games of scoring 40 points and the Rockets six game win streak both came to an end with the loss to Portland on Saturday.
The current MVP came close to extending his personal streak scoring 38 points to lead his Rockets. Harden has been on a terror scoring 30 or more points in 12 consecutive games and in the process has helped pull his squad up the Western Conference ladder.
The Rockets currently reside in the fifth seed following nine wins in their last 11 games and rank fourth offensively. The issue remains defense where the squad ranks 25th
Eric Gordon has missed the past three Rockets games nursing a right knee contusion and is out Monday. Chris Paul (hamstring strain) is not expected back in action until mid month.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 7-3 in Nuggets last 10 games as an underdog.
- Houston is 8-0-1 ATS in their last 9 home games.
- Road team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings
- Rockets are 8-2 in last 10 head to head contests
- Rockets are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 head to head meetings
- The over-under is 5-5 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
If there is an area of weakness for the Nuggets it might be excelling on the road although they are one of only three Western teams with a winning road record. Likewise, while Houston excels offensively they continue to labor on the defensive side of the hardwood.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Nuggets plus 1
This is sure to be an exciting showdown featuring James Harden versus Nikola Jokic, but ultimately the Nuggets better defense and depth should win out.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Nuggets 110 – Rockets 105
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