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Denver Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets - 12/2/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets (12-7) at Denver Nuggets (7-11)

NBA Basketball: Friday, December 2, 2016 at 10:30 pm (Pepsi Center)

The Line: Denver Nuggets -1.5 -- Over/Under: 222.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN/RTSW/ALT

The Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets square off Friday night in a NBA game at the Pepsi Center on ESPN.

The Houston Rockets look to keep rolling after winning six of their last eight games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 109.3 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 106.3 points on 46.5 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 28.7 points and 11.9 assists while Eric Gordon is averaging 16 points and 3.1 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is the third double-digit scorer and Ryan Anderson is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 74.9 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 38.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.3 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won six of their last eight road games.

Denver Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets - 12/2/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Denver Nuggets look for some sort of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 106.5 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 108.7 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Wilson Chandler is averaging 18.2 points and 7.7 rebounds while Danilo Gallinari is averaging 16.8 points and 2.2 assists. Emmanuel Mudiay is the third double-digit scorer and Will Barton is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 50.2 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have lost five of their last eight home games.

The Rockets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southwest. The Rockets are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Denver and 5-12 ATS in the last 17 meetings overall.

The Rockets are obviously the better team here and are tempting given the free points. However, Houston just played a double overtime game Thursday night that didn't end until two in the morning East Coast time. Add travel, and you can bet the Rockets will have tired legs. Given the Nuggets ability to compete and I have to side with Denver at home.

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Denver Nuggets -1.5

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