Denver Nuggets vs Houston Rockets Prediction, 4/16/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Houston Rockets
Date: Friday, April 16, 2021
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T Sportsnet - South
Odds/Point Spread: Denver (-7.5)
The Denver Nuggets (35-20) head to Toyota Center on Friday where they'll meet the Houston Rockets (14-41). The spread on this matchup has Denver as 7.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 222.
The Denver Nuggets stepped onto the hardwood against the Miami Heat and went home with a win by a final score of 123-106 in their last game. Denver ended with a 53.9% FG percentage (48 of 89) and buried 17 of their 36 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Nuggets converted 10 of 13 tries for a rate of 76.9%. Concerning rebounding, they collected 43 with 11 of them being offensive. They also recorded 32 assists for the contest in addition to forcing the opposition into 8 turnovers and earning 5 steals. With regard to defense, Denver allowed the other team to go 49.4% from the floor on 39 out of 79 shooting. Miami totaled 29 dimes and had 7 steals for the game. On top of that, Miami pulled down 30 rebounds (4 offensive, 26 defensive) and added 7 rejections. Miami finished the game at 83.3% at the free throw line by converting 15 of 18 attempts. They also knocked down 13 of their 32 tries from three-point range.
Michael Porter Jr. is a player who was a contributor in this game. He accounted for 25 points on 10 out of 14 shooting. He played 32:55 minutes played and also pulled down 10 rebounds. Porter shot 71.4% from the field but wasn't able to get a dime. An additional guy that was a determining factor in this game for the Nuggets was Nikola Jokic. He had 10 rebounds in his 32:03 min played. He walked away from this one shooting 42.9% from the floor for the game by hitting 6-of-14 (17 points). Overall, Jokic had accumulated 11 assists.
Denver will play this game with a win-loss mark of 35-20 on the year. They have an average of 115.1 pts per game (4th in the league) while hitting 48.8% from the floor. The Nuggets are shooting 38.7% on shots from beyond the arc (719 of 1,858) and 78.9% from the free throw line. As a team, Denver is collecting 44.4 rebounds per game and has totaled 1,494 dimes so far this year, which ranks 2nd in basketball in terms of passing the rock. They cough up possession 13.5 times per game and as a team are committing 19.0 personal fouls per game. On defense, the Nuggets have forced 13.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 19.2 fouls. They are surrendering 36.1% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 9th in basketball in points per game allowed (110.0). The Nuggets are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 46.9% (763 of 1,054) and they surrender 40.9 rebounds per contest as a group. They are currently ranked 27th in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,440 surrendered this year.
In their last game, the Houston Rockets took a defeat with a final score of 132-124 when they faced the Indiana Pacers. The Rockets collected 31 defensive boards and 16 offensive boards totaling 47 in this matchup. They turned the ball over 15 times, while getting 12 steals for this game. The Pacers had 16 fouls for the contest which took the Rockets to the charity stripe for 22 attempts. They were able to bury 18 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 81.8%. In reference to 3-point attempts, Houston knocked down 10 of 34 tries (29.4%). Overall, the Rockets shot 48 for 104 from the field which had them sitting at 46.2%. The Rockets permitted the Pacers to bury 50 out of their 94 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 53.2% in this matchup. They went 41.7% from 3-point land by shooting 15 of 36 and finished the contest at 17 out of 22 at the free throw line (77.3%). In regard to rebounding, Houston allowed Indiana to collect 48 in total (11 offensive).
John Wall was important for the Rockets for this contest. He made 12 of 28 in this game giving him a field goal percentage of 42.9%, and tallied 3 rebounds. Wall totaled 31 points in his 35:57 minutes on the court and had 9 dimes in this game. Someone else that ended being a contributor for Houston was Kelly Olynyk. He ended up walking away with 2 assists in 38:14 mins on the court, and he put in 10 of 16 from the floor. Olynyk ended the game having shot 62.5% from the floor and also contributing 25 points and 10 boards.
Houston has a mark of 14-41 so far this season. Houston has scored 5,954 points for the season (108.3 per contest) and they collect 42.5 rebounds per game. The Rockets are responsible for committing 19.7 fouls every game and they hit 74.1% from the charity stripe. When it comes to executing on offense, the Rockets are shooting 44.2% from the floor, which is 28th in the NBA. They are getting an assist 23.1 times per game (25th in basketball) and they turn it over 14.6 times per game. The Rockets are ranked 25th in basketball in PPG surrendered with 114.8. They are able to force 15.0 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.2% from the field (22nd in the league). The Houston defense gives up 38.1% from downtown (728 of 1,911) and their opponents are converting on 77.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They surrender 25.0 assists and 47.8 total boards per game, which ranks them 17th and 29th in the league.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Houston (+7.5) and under 222 points
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