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2021 NBA Handicapping
(15-45) Houston Rockets vs. Denver Nuggets (38-21)
Date: Saturday, April 24th
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Ball Arena, Denver Colorado
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Nuggets -13.5
NBA Betting Total: 225
Saturday, April 24th the Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets play for the third and final time this season. Denver won both prior meetings on December 28th (124-111) and April 16th (128-99).
Both teams arrive to the court Saturday having played and lost the night prior.
Last season, the squads played four times with the teams splitting the games each winning twice. The Rockets hold the all-time record having won 102 matches of the 192 played.
The Rockets joined the Timberwolves this week as the first teams officially eliminated from postseason eligibility.
Given that announcement came with 11 games left on Houston’s schedule and the fact 10 teams from each conference will participate it punctuates how poorly the Rockets have performed this season.
Yet, if fans thought the Rockets were raising the white flag they’d be wrong as Houston gave Clippers everything they could handle on Friday night losing by only five points (104-109).
In fact, teams who’ll face LA in the postseason should pull up the film and pay special attention to the efforts of John Wall and Rockets cornerstone Christian Wood who both delivered monster double-doubles.
To wit, Wall led the charge with 27 points, 13 assists, three rebounds, a steal, and two blocks. Wood registered 24 points, 19 rebounds, and two assists.
Not to be outdone, Kelly Olynyk also joined the double-double party with 23 points and 10 rebounds plus two assists and four steals. Unfortunately, no other Rockets reached double-figure scoring.
Seven Rockets are out Saturday including Eric Gordon (groin), Avery Bradley (illness), D.J. Augustin (ankle), Sterling Brown (knee), Dante Exum (calf), David Nwaba (wrist), ad Kevin Porter (protocols).
Injuries to the Nuggets backcourt are mounting and they are probably thrilled not to be playing the Warriors again this season. The last time Denver played at the Chase Center Jamal Murray tore his ACL.
On Friday, less than a minute into the match Will Barton suffered a hamstring injury that took him out of the match. Technically Barton is a small forward, but he’s relied on to help with playmaking. With Monte Morris also out missing the last three games due to a hamstring injury it leaves the Denver backcourt depth virtually nonexistent.
Meanwhile, the Nuggets lost for just the third time since trading for Aaron Gordon 15 games ago. Michael Porter Jr. led the scoring for Denver with 26 points while Nikola Jokic scored 19 and Gordon added 17 points.
The Nuggets struggled to find offense elsewhere particularly from their bench who were outscored 49 to 28 by the Dubs.
Head coach Mike Malone wasn’t happy, calling out his team for not bringing effort on Friday.
Murray had surgery to repair the torn ACL this week and will be lost for the season. Morris and Barton won’t likely suit up for this match.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The teams are 5-5 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The teams are 5-5 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Houston Rockets vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Prediction:
This could easily be a blow-out with a bounce-back effort by the Nuggets to answer Malone’s call or it could be a trap game. The big question is who’ll guard John Wall to limit his scoring and dime dishing.
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