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Denver Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets - 2/1/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets at Denver Nuggets
Date & Time Friday February 1, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Pepsi Center
The Line
The Line: Denver -4.5 -- Over/Under 227
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The Houston Rockets and the Denver Nuggets duke it out at the Pepsi Center on Friday night.

The Houston Rockets have won four of their last six games and they were aiming for a fourth straight win before they got stopped by the Pelicans in a 121-116 loss on Tuesday. James Harden continued his scoring streak with another 37 points with 11 rebounds and six assists, Kenneth Faried added 19 points with 11 rebounds while Eric Gordon chipped in with 17 points. As a team, the Rockets shot just 39 percent from the field and 19 of 56 from the 3-point line as the Pelicans did a great defensively of holding Harden to just 11 of 32 shooting fromt the field. Chris Paul returns to work himself into game shape as he scored nine points with 10 assists in 26 minutes of action. WIth the loss, Houston fell to 29-21 overall and 19-8 at home.

Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets have been in great form as they've won six of their last seven games and they will be looking to build on their current four-game win streak after sneaking past the Pelicans in a 105-99 road win on Wednesday. Malik Beasley led the team with 22 points off the bench while Nikola Jokic racked up a triple-double of 20 points with 13 rebounds and 10 assists while Monte Morris chipped in with 20 points. As a team, the Nuggets shot 47 percent from the field and nine of 30 from the 3-point line as they took control of the game in the 33-19 third quarter before escaping with the narrow win to improve to 35-15 overall and 13-11 on the road.

Looking at the betting trends, the Rockets are 0-4 ATS in their last four road games, 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games against a team with a winning record and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Nuggets are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games, 3-7ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record and 1-6 ATS in their last seven against the Western Conference.

Head to head, the Rockets are 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings in Denver.

The Rockets are having to rely heavily on Harden as they're still undermanned with Clint Capela still out and Chris Paul still working himself into game shape. The Nuggets have been on a nice run lately and they're particularly tough to beat at home, so I'm not surprised that they're favorites in this one. Hwoever, the Rockets are 5-0 ATS, 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings in Denver and they've already beaten the Nuggets twice by double digits this season.

Houston +4.5
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