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2021 NBA Handicapping
(35-20) Denver Nuggets vs Houston Rockets (14-41)
Date: Friday, April 16th
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Nuggets -345 | Rockets +315
NBA Betting Odds: Nuggets -8.5
NBA Betting Total: O/U 224
On Friday, April 16th the Denver Nuggets travel to Texas to play the Houston Rockets in their second meeting of the 2020-21 season. In the initial meeting on December 28th, the Nuggets won 124-111.
Last season, the squads played four times with each club winning two contests. The Rockets hold the all-time record having won 102 matches of the 191 played
With the Nuggets taking to the hardwood for their first contest since learning Jamal Murray had in fact torn his ACL it would be fair if the team had come out lacking energy.
Instead, the players banded together and delivered one of their better wins of the season with several players stepping up to fill the very big void left by Murray.
Nikola Jokic captained his squad delivering his 15th triple-double of the season with 17 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, one steal, and two blocks.
The support staff was a pleasant surprise with Michael Porter Jr. embraced the spotlight and additional scoring opportunities posting his 15th double-double of the season with 25 points and 10 rebounds.
Aaron Gordon also was a factor offensively with 16 points, nine rebounds (four offensive), and three assists. JaMychal Green (17), P.J. Dozier (15), and Monte Morris (11) were the other double-figure contributors.
Shaquille Harrison has missed four games due to health and safety protocols. Jamal Murray tore his ACL and is lost for the season.
The Rockets continue their precarious high wire act this season. On one hand, they want to be competitive and develop the youngsters but on the other it’s important for them to keep compiling losses.
Their first-round draft pick will be conveyed to the Thunder unless they draw one of the top four selections. That won’t be decided until the draft lottery.
Therefore it behooves Houston to be one of the bottom three teams entering the lottery to have a 14 percent shot at the top pick (or in their case one of the top four picks).
Houston has lost four in a row and nine of the last 10 matches including the recent defeat to Indiana.
Sterling Brown missed Wednesday’s match with a sore knee and is day-to-day. Five other Rockets are out including Danuel House (ankle) who is expected to be back Monday, April 19th.
Four others will miss an extended period including D.J. Augustin (ankle) and Dante Exum (calf) who are both in walking boots.
Eric Gordon (groin) is expected to miss up to six weeks while David Nwaba (wrist) is also expected to miss an extended period.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Rockets are 6-4 in their last 10 head to head meetings
- The Rockets are 6-4- ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Nuggets are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games.
- The total has gone under in 7 of Denver’s last 8 games on the road.
- The Rockets are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games.
- The Nuggets are 4-12 SU in their last 16 games against Houston.
- The total has gone over in 6 of Houston’s last 7 games.
Free Denver Nuggets vs Houston Rockets NBA Prediction
The Rockets are decimated with injury and while the most talented player out belongs to Denver they still have the depth to make this a no-brainer.
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