Date/Time: 01-07-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Houston Rockets -1.5
Two teams sitting on the top-4 places of the West are clashing tonight, when the team with the best record in the second-best record in the league the Denver Nuggets, who have won five straight games, are visiting the Houston Rockets, who are looking to bounce back after their latest defeat.
Top Basketball BookmakersNuggets are 26-11 so far in the league and are sitting on top of the Western Conference. They have won their last 5 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Charlotte at home, 123-110. Rockets are 22-16 so far in the league and are tied with 3 more squads in the fourth place of the Western Conference. In their latest matchup they saw a 6-game victory streak end with the road defeat by Portland, 101-110.
Denver are led in scoring by by Nikola Jokic with 18.8 ppg. He also leads the team both in assists made with 7.5 and in rebounding with 10 per game, while Jamal Murray follows with 18.5 ppg, adding 4.6 rebounds and 5 assists per game. Gary Harris adds 16.1 ppg. Houston are led in scoring by James Harden with a league-best of 33.7 ppg. He also adds 5.9 rebounds and leads the team in assists made with 8.5 per game, while Clint Capela follows with 17.2 ppg and leads the team in rebounding with 12.9 per game. Eric Gordon adds 15.7 ppg.
This will be the second meeting between those two teams so far this season with Houston having won the previous one on the road by 10 points. Houston are 13-5 at home, while Denver are 10-8 on the road. Denver have both a better offense with 110.6 ppg to Houston’s 110.3 and a better defense, allowing 105.2 to Houston’s 109 ppg. Nuggets also have a better accuracy both from the field (46.3% to 44.8%) and from behind the arc (35.3% to 35%). Denver dish more assists (27.2 to 21.1) and grab more rebounds per game (47.1 to 42.2), while both squads are almost equal in turnovers committed (13.5 to 13.6). Denver have been more stable throughout the season and they will get away with the road win one way or another tonight.
Denver Nuggets vs Houston Rockets Prediction: Denver Nuggets +1.5 (-109)