In this high caliber Western showdown, the second and the seventh best teams of the conference are clashing, when the red-hot Houston Rockets (40-13), looking to extend another lengthy winning streak, are hosting the Denver Nuggets (29-25), who want to extend a winning streak of their own. Denver Nuggets vs Houston Rockets Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 02-09-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Houston Rockets -8.5
Rockets have a 40-13 record (26-26-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the West. They have seven consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Heat with a 109-101 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by James Harden with 31.5 ppg, adding 4.9 rebounds and a team high 9 assists per game. He is followed by Chris Paul with 19.5 ppg and 8.3 assists per game, while Eric Gordon adds 19 ppg.
Nuggets have a 29-25 record (25-26-3 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 7th place of the West. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Hornets with a 121-104 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Gary Harris with 17.6 ppg, followed by Jamal Murray with 16.6 ppg. Nikola Jokic follows with 16.5 ppg and team highs both in rebounding, with 10.6 per game and in assists made, with 5.5 per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Rockets won at home with a 125-95 score. Rockets are 20-6 at home so far this season, while Nuggets are 7-18 on the road. Rockets are better offensively, scoring a second-best 114 ppg to Nuggets’ 107, while both teams are almost equal defensively, allowing 105.9 and 105.8 ppg. Both teams are also very close in field goal percentage, shooting with 46.28% and 46.27% and in 3-point percentage, shooting with 36.52% and 36.43%. Nuggets on the other hand are better in rebounding, grabbing 45 to Rockets’ 43.5 and in assists made, with 24.1 to Rockets’ 21.9. Both teams are hot lately but Nuggets have been extremely ineffective on the road throughout the whole season. Vegas odds give Rockets a -8.5 spread and expect them to beat those odds for the home victory.
Denver Nuggets vs Houston Rockets Prediction: Houston Rockets -8.5 (-109)
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