Rockets vs. Nuggets - 12/13/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Denver Nuggets (10-12) at Houston Rockets (17-5)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ALT2, CSN Houston
The Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets play Saturday night at the Toyota Center.
The Denver Nuggets have lost four of their last five games and play for the first time since Wednesday. On the season, the Nuggets are averaging 103.5 points on 43.8 percent shooting and are allowing 104.7 points on 45 percent shooting. ty Lawson leads Denver with 15.9 points and 10.3 assists while Wilson Chandler is averaging 14.7 points and 6.3 rebounds. Kenneth Faried is grabbing 6.8 rebounds per game and Arron Afflalo is shooting 46.6 percent from the field. The Denver Nuggets have been one of the worst defensive teams in the league all season long, but now they’re shooting 42 percent from the field and 27.7 percent from beyond the arc in their last five games. Considering the Nuggets are 1-4 SU this season when scoring less than 100 points, Denver must figure things out on both ends of the court before it’s too late.
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The Houston Rockets have won five of their last six games and continue to find ways without Dwight Howard. On the season, the Rockets are averaging 99.2 points on 42.6 percent shooting and are allowing 95.2 points on 43 percent shooting. James Harden leads Houston with 26.4 points and 6.5 assists while Trevor Ariza is averaging 14.4 points on 37.5 percent shooting. Donatas Motiejunas is grabbing 6.2 rebounds per game and Patrick Beverley is averaging 2.9 assists. The Houston Rockets have been struggling defensively as of late, allowing 103.4 points on 45.7 percent shooting in their last five games. The Rockets are 4-3 SU this season when allowing 100-plus points, and that’s really only because they’re averaging 12 threes on the season.
The Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Southwest. The Rockets are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Northwest. The Nuggets are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Houston and 9-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.
The Nuggets matchup well with the Rockets up and down style of play. Give me Denver and the points.