Houston Rockets vs. Denver Nuggets - 1/22/20 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Denver Nuggets at Houston Rockets

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 8:00 PM (Toyota Center)

Rockets -8 O/U 228.5

The Denver Nuggets travel to the Toyota Center to take on the Houston Rockets in a battle of two premier Western Conference opponents. The Rockets have lost four straight games, the most recent a disappointing loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder losing 112-107 to drop their record on the season to 26-16. Denver has won seven of their last ten games, their last time out winning on the road over Minnesota Timberwolves 107-100 to improve their record on the season to 30-13. 

The Rockets come in averaging 118.3 points per game which ranks second in the NBA in scoring offense. Leading the NBA in scoring is James Harden, the Rockets shooting guard who is averaging 36.9 points per game while adding 7.4 assists and 6.3 rebounds. Harden is an MVP front runner this season. Another key to the Rockets success is point guard Russel Westbrook who is averaging 25.3 points per game and adding 7.9 rebounds and 7.3 assists for the Rockets. Center Clint Capela is averaging a double-double with 14.2 rebounds and 14.3 points per game. 

The Nuggets come in averaging 109.3 points per game which ranks them 18th in the NBA. Leading the Nuggets offense is Nikola Jokic who is leading the team in all three major categories with 19.4 points, 6.3 assists and 10 rebounds a game. Jokic is shooting 51.2% from the field. The backcourt is manned by Jamal Murray who adds 17.3 points and 4.6 assists for the Nuggets. 

The Nuggets defense has been one of the best in the league this season allowing opponents to score just 105.6 points per game to rank them 3rd in scoring defense. The Rockets boast one of the worst defenses in the NBA allowing 114.2 points per game which ranks them 24th in the NBA.

The Nuggets come into this game with a 19-21-3 record ATS while the Rockets are 19-23 ATS on the season and have covered just once in their last seven games. Houston has had a problem as of late, losing their last four games and things don’t get any easier in the Western Conference this season. Final score prediction, Houston may win the game, but Denver easily keeps it close enough to cover the spread in a close back and forth game.

Lance’s Pick Nuggets +8

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.