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Houston Rockets vs Denver Nuggets Odds
The Denver Nuggets host Houston on Saturday, looking to build on their 52-24 mark against the 43-33 Rockets in NBA action at Pepsi Center.
This season the Nuggets are 52-24 overall and 46-30 ATS against the number, while the Rockets are 43-33 and 40-35-1 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Denver is 41-35 on the OU, and Houston is 38-38.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 5-rated Nuggets and the No. 11-ranked Rockets, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 110-108 result in favor of the Nuggets.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Denver's No. 3-ranked offense, averaging 105.6 PPG, against a Rockets defense that ranks No. 28 at 102.3 PPG. The Nuggets field goal percentage has averaged 47.7% so far, more than the Rockets shooters have achieved on the year, 46.2% per game.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Rockets own the league's No. 23-rated mark, allowing 102.9 points per game when playing on the road. Denver, on the other hand, rates No. 3 in scoring on their home court.
In their last action, Houston was a 116-98 winner on the road against the Trail Blazers. They covered the 5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (214) was profitable news for OVER bettors. James Harden went off for 33 points and added 7 rebounds leading Houston to a 116-98 win over Portland on Friday at Rose Garden.
Last time out for Denver, they were a 95-94 winner as they battled the Mavericks at home. The Nuggets failed to cover in the match as a 7-point favorite, while 189 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Corey Brewer scored 23 points leading the Nuggets to a 95-94 victory over Dallas at Pepsi Center on Thursday.
Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Phoenix are 4-6
After playing Portland are 2-8
After a win are 6-4
Denver Nuggets Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing San Antonio are 7-3
After playing Dallas are 4-6
After a win are 9-1
A few Rockets at Nuggets trends to consider:
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Houston's last 12 games
Houston is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Denver
Houston is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Denver
Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Denver's last 5 games at home
Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
Denver is 18-2 SU in its last 20 games
Houston home to Phoenix, Tuesday, April 9
Denver home to San Antonio, Wednesday, April 10