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Rockets vs. Nuggets - 3/19/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Denver Nuggets (26-42) at Houston Rockets (45-22)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)

The Line: Houston Rockets -8.5 -- Over/Under: 213.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets square off Thursday night at the Toyota Center.

The Denver Nuggets look to stay hot after winning four of their last five games. On the season, the Nuggets are averaging 100.2 points on 43 percent shooting and are allowing 103.6 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Ty Lawson is averaging 15.9 points and 9.7 assists while Wilson Chandler is averaging 13.7 points and 5.9 rebounds. Kenneth Faried is grabbing 8.9 rebounds and Will Barton is shooting 47.1 percent from the field. The Denver Nuggets have improved their defense during this stretch, as they're allowing 42.4 percent shooting in their last five games. The Nuggets have also split their last 10 games when allowing less than 100 points. The Nuggets have lost 10 of their last 14 road games SU.

Rockets vs. Nuggets - 3/19/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Rockets need a win after splitting their last eight games. On the season, the Rockets are averaging 103.1 points on 43.8 percent shooting and is allowing 99.8 points on 44 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 26.7 points and seven assists while Corey Brewer is averaging 12.6 points and 3.4 rebounds. Terrence Jones is grabbing 7.5 rebounds and Trevor Ariza is shooting 39 percent from the field. The Houston Rockets look to win their third straight game and climb up the West standings, as they’re just 1.5 games out of the second seed. The Rockets have topped 100 points in 10 of their last 12 games despite shooting just 31.1 percent from deep in their last five games. Jason Terry is questionable with a hamstring injury.

The Nuggets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 9-23 ATS in their last 32 games playing on 2 days rest. The Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Nuggets are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Houston and 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings overall. 

The Rockets are by far the better team here and have more to play for with playoff seeding up in the air. I like Houston to win by double digits. 

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Houston Rockets -8.5

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