Houston Rockets vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 4/24/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Rockets vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+11.5)
Ball Arena is the site where and the Denver Nuggets (38-20) will play the Houston Rockets (15-44) on Saturday. Houston opens this matchup as 11.5-point dogs. The total has been set at 231.
The Houston Rockets stepped onto the hardwood against the Utah Jazz and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 112-89 in their last contest. Houston ended the game with a 35.4% field goal percentage (35 of 99) and converted 10 out of their 49 shots from beyond the arc. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Rockets knocked down 9 of 17 attempts for a rate of 52.9%. In relation to grabbing boards, they earned 50 with 12 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 17 assists in this matchup while forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and having 7 steals. In relation to the defense, Houston allowed the other team to go 45.6% from the field on 41 out of 90 shooting. Utah totaled 27 assists and had 7 steals for this game. Moreover, Utah totaled 61 rebounds (9 offensive, 52 defensive) and added 5 blocks. Utah finished shooting 81.3% when shooting free throws by converting 13 of their 16 shots. They also buried 17 out of their 46 attempts from 3-point land.
John Wall is a guy who was a contributor for this game. He ended up with 21 points on 8 of 19 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 29:36 minutes and also totaled 3 boards. Wall walked away from this one shooting 42.1% from the floor and totaled 6 dimes. One more player that was a determining factor in the game for the Rockets was Christian Wood. He pulled down 8 rebounds in his 30:08 minutes on the basketball court. He ended up shooting 50.0% from the floor for the game by shooting 6-of-12 (16 points). At the conclusion of this game, Wood wasn't able to notch an assist.
Houston comes into this game with a record of 15-44 so far this season. They currently have an average of 107.6 points per contest (24th in basketball) on 44.1% from the field. The Rockets are shooting 33.4% on three-point shots (787 of 2,358) and 74.0% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Houston is snagging 42.5 boards per contest and has earned 1,355 dimes on the year, which is 25th in the league in terms of passing. They are turning it over 14.6 times per game and as a squad they are committing 19.5 personal fouls per game. On defense, the Rockets are able to force 14.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 19.6 fouls. They are currently ranked 20th in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,484 surrendered on the season. The Rockets defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 47.2% (876 of 1,155) and they concede 48.0 boards per game as a group. They surrender 37.9% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they rank 26th in the NBA in points per game from their opponents (114.8).
When they last stepped on the court, the Denver Nuggets took home the win by a final score of 106-105 when they played the Portland Blazers. The Nuggets collected 30 defensive rebounds and 16 offensive boards totaling 46 for the contest. They turned the ball over 13 times, while recording 7 steals for this contest. The Blazers were called for 16 fouls for this game which got the Nuggets to the free throw line for a total of 17 attempts. They were able to bury 15 of those for a percentage of 88.2%. Concerning three-point shots, Denver converted 13 of 39 attempts (33.3%). When the game finished, the Nuggets went 39 out of 88 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 44.3%. The Nuggets permitted the Blazers to knock down 40 of their 87 tries from the floor which had them sitting at 46.0% for the game. They finished the game shooting 33.3% from 3-point land by shooting 12 out of 36 and finished the contest at 13 of 15 at the charity stripe (86.7%). Regarding cleaning the glass, Denver allowed Portland to pull down 41 overall (9 offensive).
Nikola Jokic ended up being a factor for the Nuggets in the matchup. He knocked down 9 out of 18 for the matchup giving him a rate of 50.0%, and had 9 rebounds. Jokic had 25 points in his 35:38 minutes on the hardwood and had 5 dimes in this matchup. An additional guy who came through for Denver was Michael Porter Jr.. He came away with 2 dimes in 30:37 mins played, and he knocked down 8 out of 12 from the floor. Porter ended up shooting 66.7% from the field as well as earning 17 points and 5 boards.
Denver has a record of 38-20 on the year. As an offensive team, the Nuggets are hitting on 48.8% from the floor, which has them ranked 2nd in basketball. Denver has scored 6,701 points for the year (115.5 per contest) and they snag 44.8 boards per game. They are earning an assist 27.1 times per game (4th in the league) and they are turning it over 13.6 times per game. The Nuggets are committing 18.9 fouls every game and they shoot 79.4% from the charity stripe. The Nuggets defensively are ranked 10th in the NBA in PPG given up with 110.2. The Denver defense surrenders 36.1% on 3-pointers (744 of 2,061) and their opponents are knocking down 78.0% of their free throw attempts. They have relinquished 26.2 assists and 40.9 boards every game, which has them ranked 28th and 2nd in basketball. They have forced 13.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 46.8% from the floor (19th in the NBA).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Denver (-11.5) and under 231 points
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