Houston Rockets vs. Denver Nuggets - 2/9/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Denver Nuggets (29-25) at Houston Rockets (40-13)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 9, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Denver Nuggets pay a visit to the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center on Friday night.
The Denver Nuggets have been in great form as they’ve won six of their past eight games and they will be gunning for a fourth straight victory after taking down the Hornets in a 121-104 home win on Monday. Gary Harris led the team with 27 points on nine of 13 shooting, Jamal Murray and Will Barton each scored 18 points while Nikola Jokic racked up 15 points with 16 rebounds and seven assists. As a team, the Nuggets shot a sizzling 57 percent from the field and 18 of 34 from the three-point line as they dominated the second half by 58-42 to make it look easy after leading by just one point at halftime. With the win, Denver improved to 29-25 overall and 22-7 at home where they have won three straight and six of their last seven.
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Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets have been on a tear lately as they’ve won 10 of their past 11 games and they will be aiming for a seventh straight victory after taking down the Heat in a 109-101 road win on Wednesday. James Harden led the way with 41 points on 13 of 25 shooting, Chris Paul added 24 points with seven assists while Clint Capela chipped in with 13 points. As a team, the Rockets shot 51 percent from the field and just 12 of 31 from the three-point line but in a close game, the Rockets simply turned to their backcourt duo of Paul and Harden to carry the team over the line. With the win, Houston improved to 40-13 overall and 20-7 on the road.
Looking at the betting trends, the Nuggets are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games, 6-2-2 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five road games. Meanwhile, the Rockets are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games, 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record and 0-5 ATS in their last five home games against a team with a losing road record.
Head to head, the underdog is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
Eric Gordon, Ryan Anderson and Trevor Ariza have all missed time due to injuries but that hasn't slowed down the Rockets who have won 13 of their last 15 games. The Nuggets have been in great form themselves and they will be gunning for a fourth straight win but with CP3 and Harden leading the way, it's hard to go past the Rockets the way they've been playing lately.