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Nuggets vs. Rockets - 12/17/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets (18-5) at Denver Nuggets (10-14)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 10:30 pm (Pepsi Center)

The Line: Denver Nuggets +3.5 -- Over/Under: 206.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN Houston, ALT, ESPN

The Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets square off Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center.

The Houston Rockets have won six of their last seven games and play their fourth road game of the month. On the season, the Rockets are averaging 99.6 points on 42.7 percent shooting and are allowing 95.3 points on 42.8 percent shooting. James Harden leads the way with 26.3 points and 6.7 assists while Trevor Ariza is averaging 14.3 points and 6.2 rebounds. Patrick Beverley is grabbing five rebounds per game and Jason Terry is shooting 40.6 percent from the field. The Houston Rockets are still finding ways to win with a banged up roster but are allowing 103.4 points on 43 percent shooting in their last five games. Defense is key for the Rockets, considering they’re 14-2 SU this season when allowing less than 100 points. Dwight Howard remains questionable with a knee injury.

Nuggets vs. Rockets - 12/17/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Denver Nuggets have lost six of their last seven games and look for their second home win of the month. On the season, the Nuggets are averaging 102.6 points on 43.4 percent shooting and are allowing 104.6 points on 45 percent shooting. Ty Lawson leads Denver with 15.6 points and 10.3 assists while Arron Afflalo is averaging 15.1 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Kenneth Faried is grabbing 6.6 rebounds per game and Wilson Chandler is shooting 44 percent from the field. The Denver Nuggets are also a banged up team that is struggling on the offensive end recently, shooting just 40.1 percent from the field in their last five games. The Nuggets offense is what wins them games but it’s going to be tough if they continue to shoot the ball at that percentage.

The Rockets are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Northwest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Nuggets are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-12-1 ATS in their last 17 vs. Western Conference. The Rockets are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Denve and 2-9 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall.

The Rockets are the much better team here and are catching the Nuggets at the right time. With Denver down in the dumps, give me the Rockets and the small chalk. 

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Houston Rockets -3.5

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