Rockets vs. Nuggets - 10/28/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Denver Nuggets (30-52) at Houston Rockets (65-34)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -10.5 -- Over/Under: 211.5 See the Latest Odds
The Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets open their season Wednesday at Toyota Center.
The Denver Nuggets look to get in rebuilding mode under new coach Michael Malone, as they’ve missed the playoffs the last two years. The Nuggets will be led by the heartbeat of their team in Kenneth Faried, an energy player who averaged 12.6 points and 8.9 rebounds last season. Wilson Chandler has been a consistent double-digit scorer throughout his career and Emmanuel Mudiay is the favorite to win Rookie of the Year this season. The Denver Nuggets have enough talent to be watchable this season, but there’s far too many questions to expect anything more than what we’ve seen the last two year, especially with a new coach. Randy Foye, Joffrey Lauvergne, Wilson Chandler and Emmanuel Mudiay are questionable.
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The Houston Rockets made the Western Conference Finals last season and hope to take that next step this year. The Rockets have a chance each and every night with an MVP candidate in James Harden, a guy who averaged 27.4 points and seven assists last season. Dwight Howard is still one of the top centers in the league and Trevor Ariza is still an above-average defender on the perimeter. What really makes the Rockets interesting is the return of Patrick Beverley and addition of Ty Lawson. Now that the Houston Rockets actually have reliable point guards, they should be more of a balanced team that doesn’t rely on one guy over and over. The Rockets are going to be a fun team to watch this season once again. Donatas Motiejunas is doubtful and Dwight Howard is suspended.
The Nuggets are 35-17-2 ATS in their last 54 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Rockets are 16-6 ATS in their last 22 vs. NBA Northwest and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games. The Nuggets are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
Not only are the Nuggets banged up, but they don't have the offensive firepower to hang with the Rockets. The Rockets have beaten the Nuggets by double-digits in three of the last four meetings, and this Houston team is better than last season's. I hate big chalk, especially in an opening game, but I expect the Rockets to jump on the Nuggets early.