The Denver Nuggets (10-5) travel to face off against the Houston Rockets (7-6) on Friday, November 24th. This game will be played at Toyota Center in Toyota Center and televised on Spac. The Rockets are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Nuggets are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Grizzlies. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Nuggets vs Rockets
The Nuggets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Nikola Jokic led Denver with 30 points against the Magic, the highest on the team. He finished with a field goal percentage of 47.3% in the game. Michael Porter Jr. finished 2nd on the team with 25 points, but Denver ended the game with a 124-119 loss.
Facing the Rockets today, the Nuggets look to maintain their record above .500, which currently stands at 10-5. The team is currently 3rd in the Western Conference, and they are also 3rd in the Northwest division.
Denver has an overall ATS record of 5-10 as they come into today’s game. On the road, the Nuggets have an ATS record of 1-7, as opposed to a 4-3 record against the spread when playing at home.
The Rockets Are Coming Off A Win
The Rockets notched a win against the Grizzlies in their most recent game, concluding with a score of 111-91. The Rockets turned the game around and came out on top, despite being in a trailing position at halftime with 46-45.
Coming into today’s game vs. the Nuggets, the Rockets are looking to build on their above .500 record of 7-6. This season, when playing on the road, the Rockets have a 0-5 record, while their record at home is 7-1.
Houston has an ATS record above .500, currently standing at 10-3 against the spread. This season, Houston has a 3-0 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 7-3 when playing as underdogs.
Nuggets Offense Breakdown
Through 15 games the Nuggets are averaging 113.6 points per contest, placing them 15th in the NBA. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Nuggets are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 96.2 per contest. Even though they have preferred to slow the game down, the Denver offense is the 18th ranked team in made field goals per game.
Rockets Offense Breakdown
Through 13 games games, Houston is averaging 110 points per game (25th). Coming into today’s game, the Rockets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.5 made 3’s per game. If Houston continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 26th in the league in possessions per game.
Nuggets Team Defense
The Nuggets’ defense is presently ranked 7th in the league, allowing an average of 108.8 points per contest.
Denver’s defense is currently forcing 12.3 turnovers per game, which is 5th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 11th in blocked shots, with an average of 5.5 rejections per game.
Rockets Team Defense
At this time, the Rockets’ defense is positioned 1st in the NBA, permitting 105.8 points per game.
The Houston defense has allowed opponents to shoot 32.1% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 44.4% of their field goal attempts vs. Houston.
Key Players For The Nuggets And Rockets
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Nikola Jokic will be the primary scorer for the Nuggets, with 22 points and going 9/14 from the field. This season, he is averaging 27.5 points per game along with 13.1 boards.
On the flip side, our predictions place Alperen Sengün as the leading scorer for the Rockets. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 17 while also collecting 6 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 58.1% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 20.2 points per game.
Nuggets vs Rockets Trends
- Across the Nuggets last ten road games, the team averaged 109 points per game while allowing 106. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 3-7, while going 5-5 straight-up.
- Across their last five home contests, Houston has a 3-2 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 0-5, while averaging 105 points per game.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Rockets have gone 7-3 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 4-6.
- Spanning across their last five games as the betting favorite, the Nuggets have gone 0-5 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 2-3.
We’re putting our money on the Nuggets to win, and have the projected score sitting at 111-107. We also like them to cover the spread, so our recommendation is to bet on the Nuggets at -3.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 216.5, and our model predicts the Nuggets and Rockets to score a combined 218 points. We recommend betting on the over.
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