Houston Rockets vs. Denver Nuggets, Online Sports Betting, Las Vegas Basketball Odds, Picks and Prediction

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HOUSTON ROCKETS DENVER NUGGETS
47-22 March 18, 9:30 PM | Pepsi Center 33-35
Houston at Denver, Sports Betting Lines
When: 9:30 PM ET, Saturday, March 18, 2017
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, ROOT (Houston), Altitude (Denver)
Rotation – Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
513 –Houston Rockets -2½ -110 -145 Ov 240 -110
514 –Denver Nuggets +2½ -110 +125 Un 240 -110

A winning streak will be on the line for the Denver Nuggets on Saturday when they battle the Houston Rockets at Pepsi Center.

ABOUT THE ROCKETS (47-22): Houston has split its last six games and has allowed an average of 118.3 in the three defeats but remains four games ahead of the fourth-place Utah Jazz. But the effort against the struggling Pelicans was alarming and forward Ryan Anderson said the late arrival of the team’s two buses from Baton Rouge — located about 80 miles away — was a factor while Harden and coach Mike D’Antoni both swatted that excuse aside. “There’s people in the world that are having it a lot harder than somebody sitting on the bus for an extra half hour or so,” D’Antoni told reporters. “We can’t go there. It doesn’t help; you can’t go there. There’s people worried about their Meals on Wheels or their health care, and we’re worried about an extra half hour on the bus? I don’t think that’s quite right.”

ABOUT THE NUGGETS (33-35): Denver recorded victories in seven of its past nine games as center Nikola Jokic has emerged as a star with five triple-doubles in the past 18 games. The back-to-back with the Rockets is followed with a home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Malone doesn’t want to see the margin over Portland start to dwindle. “We have to hold ourselves to a higher standard, not just be satisfied with a win,” Malone said. “We have to hold ourselves to a higher standard if we want to not only be a playoff team but also be a team that can make noise in the playoffs.”

Oddsmakers currently have the Rockets listed as 2.5-point favorites versus the Nuggets, while the game’s total is sitting at 240.

The Denver Nuggets have won a season-best four consecutive games and look to add another when they host the Houston Rockets on Saturday in the first of a home-and-home set between the clubs. The Nuggets have opened up a 2 1/2-game lead over the Portland Trail Blazers for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference while Houston has a solid hold of third place.

Denver will be without forward Danilo Gallinari (knee) for the second straight game and backup forward Wilson Chandler (groin) for the third but has won by an average of 19 points during the winning streak despite coach Michael Malone being disappointed with the defense during Thursday’s 129-114 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. “Our defense took a big step backward. I thought we let go of the rope,” Malone told reporters. “With Houston coming in here next, we will have to find a way to try and get it back.” The Rockets had a three-game winning streak snapped when they were defeated 128-112 by the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday. All-Star guard James Harden produced 41 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists for his 18th triple-double of the campaign but the other four starters combined for just 29 points on 11-of-35 shooting.

Denver was a 129-114 winner in its last match at home against the Clippers. They covered the -5.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 243 sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Last time out for Houston, they were a 128-112 loser as they battled the Pelicans on the road. The Rockets failed to cover in the match as a -6.5-point favorite, while 240 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

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Houston:
Team record: 47-22 SU,39-30 ATS
Houston is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston’s last 7 games
Houston is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road

Denver:
Team record: 33-35 SU,36-30-2 ATS
Current Streak: won 4 straight games.
Denver is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Denver is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Denver is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Houston home to Denver Monday, March 20

NBA HOOPS TIPS

1. The Rockets drained 17 3-pointers while recording a 128-110 win in Denver on Dec. 2.

2. Houston backup SG Eric Gordon is in a deep shooting slump, making just 23-of-71 shots over the past six contests.

3. Denver swingman Will Barton scored a career-best 35 points against the Clippers and is averaging 28.5 on 19-of-30 shooting over the past two games.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Denver Nuggets will cover the spread at +2.5 and the game will stay under 216 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Nuggets 121, Rockets 117 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
HOU TEAM DEN
115.4 PTS FOR 111.2
108.4 PTS AGNST 110.8
7.0 DIFF. 0.4
33.3 DEF REBOUNDS 34.0
10.9 OFF REBOUNDS 12.3
46.3 FG% 46.8
76.4 FT% 76.6
14.7 3 POINTERS 10.7
8.4 STEALS 7.0
BETTING TRENDS
HOUSTON
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston’s last 7 games
Houston is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston’s last 7 games on the road
Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Houston’s last 13 games when playing Denver
Houston is 6-12 ATS in its last 18 games when playing Denver
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston’s last 8 games when playing on the road against Denver
Houston is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Denver
Houston is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Denver
DENVER
Denver is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Denver is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Denver’s last 13 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Denver’s last 8 games when playing at home against Houston
Denver is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Houston

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