Nuggets vs. Rockets - 3/7/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Rockets (41-20) at Denver Nuggets (22-39)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Denver Nuggets +5 -- Over/Under: 208 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, ALT
The Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets square off Saturday night at the Pepsi Center.
The Houston Rockets look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. On the season, the Rockets are averaging 103.1 points on 43.9 percent shooting and are allowing 99.8 points on 44.1 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 26.9 points and seven assists while Terrence Jones is averaging 12.6 points and 6.9 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is grabbing 5.4 rebounds and Josh Smith is shooting 44.1 percent from the field. The Houston Rockets continue to win games without Dwight Howard on the court, as Harden has scored 56 points in his last two games. Now, the Rockets begin a four-game road trip, as 11 of their 20 losses this season have come away from home.
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The Denver Nuggets could use a win after losing seven of their last nine games. On the season, the Nuggets are averaging 99.5 points on 42.7 percent shooting and are allowing 103.7 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Ty Lawson is averaging 16 points and 9.8 assists while Will Barton is averaging 14.6 points and 5.1 rebounds. Wilson Chandler is shooting 41.4 percent from the field and Kenneth Faried is grabbing 8.7 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting just 40.7 percent from the field in their last five games. Considering the way the Nuggets have allowed 100-plus points in nine of their last 15 games, that poor offense isn’t going to cut it.
The Rockets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Northwest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Nuggets are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Denver and 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings overall.
The Rockets have been on a mission for quite some time and are too talented for the Nuggets to kep up. Look for Houston to win this by double digits.