Denver Nuggets at Houston Rockets NBA Picks & Predictions 1/7/2019
Monday, January 7, 2019
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The Denver Nuggets travel to Toyota Center to play the Houston Rockets on Monday, January 7, 2019. The opening line for this matchup has Houston as 1 point favorites.
The Nuggets have a record of 26-11. They are 1st in the Northwest Division. They have a point differential of 5.4 as they average 110.6 points per game while giving up 105.2 per contest. The Rockets have an overall mark of 22-16. They currently are 1st in the Southwest Division. They total 110.3 points per contest and give up 109.0, which is a point differential of 1.3.
Valuable Denver Nuggets Betting Trends
The Denver Nuggets are 21-16-0 against the spread
The Denver Nuggets are 17-20-0 against the over/under
Important Houston Rockets Betting Trends
The Houston Rockets are 19-18-1 against the spread
The Houston Rockets are 20-17-0 against the over/under
Key Denver Nuggets Injuries
10/22/18 G Will Barton Hip is out indefinitely
10/11/18 G Isaiah Thomas Hip is out indefinitely
Key Houston Rockets Injuries
12/21/18 PG Chris Paul Hamstring is out indefinitely
11/15/18 SF Carmelo Anthony Possible Trade is out indefinitely
01/06/19 G Eric Gordon Knee is downgraded to doubtful Monday vs Denver
Nikola Jokic averages 18.8 points per game in 31.2 minutes per contest. He averages 7.5 assists per contest and 10.0 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 50% for the year while his free throw percentage is 84%. Jamal Murray comes into this contest averaging 18.5 points per game while playing 34.5 minutes per night. He pulls down 4.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 5.0 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is at 83%.
Clint Capela averages 17.2 points per game and he sees the court an average of 34.2 minutes per contest. He also averages 12.9 rebounds per contest and 1.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 64% and his free throw percentage is 60%. James Harden averages 33.7 points per game while playing 37.1 minutes per contest. He grabs 5.9 rebounds per game and has 8.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is at 85%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Nuggets allow 105.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 3rd in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc, ranking them 12th and 2nd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 42.2 rebounds a game which ranks 1st, and they give up 23.6 assists per contest which puts them in 11th place in the league. They force 13.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 11th in the league. Denver averages 110.6 points per contest this season, which ranks them 17th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 5.4 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 13th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 14th in the league. They average 47.1 rebounds per game and 27.2 assists per contest, which ranks them 6th and 2nd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 20th with 13.5 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Rockets surrender 109.0 points per contest, which ranks them 12th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 47% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 24th and 6th in those defensive statistics. They rank 6th with 22.6 assists allowed per contest, and 4th with 43.1 rebounds surrendered per game. The Rockets are 14th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 13.6 per game. Houston is 18th in the league with 110.3 points per game this year. They are 24th in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is 1.3. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 17th in the NBA. They are 26th in the league in rebounding with 42.2 boards per game and 28th in assists per contest with 21.1. The Rockets are 19th in turnovers per game with 13.6.
The Nuggets are 5th in the league in defensive rating with 108.1, and their offensive rating of 113.7 is ranked 9th. They are 27th in the NBA in pace with 96.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 16th. As a unit they are 19th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shot attempts, ranking 17th in the NBA. Denver is 22nd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.2 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 19th in the NBA.
Houston is 18th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.4 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 9th in the NBA. The Rockets are 4th in the league in defensive rating with 112.9, and their offensive rating of 114.2 is ranked 25th. They are 28th in the NBA in pace with 95.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 54% is 6th. As a unit they are 7th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 50% of their shot attempts, ranking 1st in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Nuggets/Rockets NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Houston -1
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