Nuggets vs Rockets predictions 1/22/2020 NBA Picks & Betting Tips
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Houston Rockets
Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T Sportsnet - Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Houston -6.5
Russell Westbrook and the Houston Rockets (26-16, 2nd in the Southwest Division) play the Denver Nuggets (30-13, 1st in the Northwest Division) at Toyota Center on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. The spread on this game has Houston as 6.5 point favorites. The O/U has been set at 226.
The Nuggets are covering 46.2% of the time, having gone 18-21-4 ATS. Houston is covering 45.2% of the time, going 19-23-0 against the spread.
Key Denver Nuggets Injuries
01/20/20 SG Gary Harris Abdominal is questionable Wednesday vs Houston
01/20/20 PF Paul Millsap Knee is questionable Wednesday vs Houston
01/16/20 SG Jamal Murray Ankle is out indefinitely
Key Houston Rockets Injuries
01/20/20 PG Austin Rivers Thumb is questionable Wednesday vs Denver
Will Barton comes into this game averaging 15.2 points per contest while playing 33.5 minutes per night this year. He grabs 6.7 rebounds per contest and distributes 3.7 assists per game. His FG percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is 76%. Nikola Jokic averages 19.4 points per contest in 31.5 minutes per game. He averages 6.3 assists per game and 10.0 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 51% for the season while his free throw percentage is 79%.
Russell Westbrook scores 25.3 points per contest while playing 35.6 minutes per game. He hauls in 7.9 rebounds per contest and has 7.3 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is at 77%. James Harden averages 36.9 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 37.3 minutes per game. He also brings in 6.3 rebounds per game and has 7.4 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 86%.
Useful Team Statistics
Denver averages 109.3 points per contest, which is 18th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 3.7 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a unit, which has them ranked 14th. From 3-point territory they shoot 35%, which is good for 21st in the NBA. They average 44.8 boards per contest and 26.2 assists per game, which ranks them 19th and 4th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 25th with 13.3 per game. The Nuggets allow 105.6 points per contest, which is 3rd in the NBA. They also surrender a 45% shooting percentage and a 33% average from 3-point range, ranking them 14th and 2nd in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 43.4 rebounds a game which ranks 6th, and they allow 24.5 assists per game which puts them in 18th place in the league. They force 14.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 11th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Houston is 2nd in the NBA with 118.3 points per contest this season. They are 20th in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is 4.14. They shoot 34% from beyond the arc, which is good for 23rd in the league. They are 5th in the NBA in rebounding with 47.3 boards per contest and 27th in assists per game with 21.5. The Rockets are 14th in turnovers per contest with 15.0. The Rockets give up 114.2 points per game, which ranks them 24th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 15th and 11th in those defensive statistics. They rank 28th with 25.6 dimes allowed per game and 22nd with 46.5 boards surrendered per contest. The Rockets are 19th in the league in forcing turnovers with 15.0 per contest this year.
The Nuggets are 10th in the NBA in offensive rating with 111.5, and their defensive rating of 107.7 is ranked 11th. In terms of pace they are 29th in the league with 97.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 52% is 20th. As a team they are 21st in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 33% of their shots, ranking 28th in the league. Denver is 25th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.1 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 17th in the league.
Houston is 19th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 15th in the league. The Rockets are 2nd in the NBA in offensive rating with 113.6, and their defensive rating of 109.6 is ranked 15th. In terms of pace they are 2nd in the league with 103.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 54% is 7th. As a team they are 6th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 48% of their shots, ranking 1st in the league.
Who will win tonight's Nuggets/Rockets NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Denver +6.5
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