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Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
|Rotation – Team / Live in game Betting at||Spread||Money Line||Total|
|609 –Denver Nuggets||+9 -110||+370||Ov 237 -110|
|610 –Houston Rockets||-9 -110||-440||Un 237 -110|
The Denver Nuggets and the Houston Rockets will both be gunning for a victory on Monday when they meet at Toyota Center.
ABOUT THE NUGGETS (33-36): Denver hung with the Rockets on Saturday despite missing two of its top three scorers (Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler) due to injury and with budding star Nikola Jokic limited to 22 minutes by foul trouble. “We could easily have won the game if we made free throws and finished around the basket,” Nuggets coach Mike Malone told reporters. “I’m proud of the effort. We did a lot of good things. Clean up the undisciplined errors we made and hope for a different result when we play them (Monday) down in Houston.” Gallinari (knee) and Chandler (groin) are both day-to-day.
ABOUT THE ROCKETS (48-22): Harden is the engine that drives Houston but the team continues to get strong work from the supporting cast as well. Center Clint Capela went up against the big Denver front line on Saturday and came away with 16 points and eight rebounds to help the Rockets build up a 60-48 advantage on points in the paint. The 22-year-old Capela is shooting 63.6 percent from the floor on the season and he scored at least 15 points in four of the last six games.
The Denver Nuggets could not figure out a way to slow James Harden on Saturday and ended up with a 109-105 home loss. The Nuggets will get another chance on Monday, when they visit Harden and the Houston Rockets for the back end of a home-and-home set.
Harden recorded his 19th triple-double of the season and NBA-record seventh with at least 40 points when he went for 40 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists at Denver on Saturday. The triple-double was the fourth straight and second in a row with at least 40 points for the MVP candidate, who has his team comfortably in the No. 3 spot in the Western Conference. The Nuggets are less secure in their standing and occupy the No. 8 spot with the Portland Trail Blazers just 1 1/2 games back – one in the loss column – entering play on Sunday. Saturday’s setback snapped a four-game winning streak for Denver, which plays nine of its final 13 games on the road beginning with Monday’s tilt.
Houston won its last outing, a 109-105 result against the Nuggets on March 18. The Rockets covered in that game as a -2-point favorite, while the 214 combined points took the game UNDER the total.
In their last action, Denver was a 109-105 loser at home against the Rockets. They failed to cover the +2-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (214) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.
Team record: 33-36 SU,36-31-2 ATS
Denver is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Denver is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Denver’s last 9 games
Team record: 48-22 SU,40-30 ATS
Houston is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Houston is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Denver home to Cleveland Wednesday, March 22
Houston home to New Orleans Friday, March 24
NBA HOOPS TIPS
1. Nuggets PF Darrell Arthur (knee) missed the last three games and is day-to-day.
2. Rockets PG Patrick Beverley went 1-of-7 from the floor on Saturday and is shooting 21.4 percent over the last six games.
3. Houston took the first two meetings this season after Denver swept the series in 2015-16.
Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Houston Rockets will cover the spread at -9 and the game will stay under 237 points, according to scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Rockets 112, Nuggets 109 at .
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Denver’s last 9 games|
|Denver is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games|
|Denver is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road|
|Denver is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Houston|
|Denver is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Houston|
|Denver is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston|
|Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games|
|Houston is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home|
|Houston is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home|
|The total has gone OVER in 8 of Houston’s last 10 games at home|
|Houston is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Denver|
|Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Denver|
|Houston is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing at home against Denver|
|Denver’s Overall Scoring vs Houston’s Overall Defense||111.1||3||108.4||24|
|Denver’s Away Scoring vs Houston’s Home Defense||107.6||5||107.0||25|
|Denver’s Road Rebounds vs Houston’s Home Rebounds Allowed||46.6||1||44.3||25|
|Houston’s Overall Scoring vs Denver’s Overall Defense||115.3||2||110.8||27|
|Houston’s Home Scoring vs Denver’s Road Defense||117.0||2||110.8||26|
|Houston’s Home Rebounds vs Denver’s Road Rebounds Allowed||45.1||9||40.7||2|
|TOP 3/BOTTOM 3|
|Denver is the third highest scoring team in the league at 111.1 points per game.|
|Denver is second in rebounds in the league at 46.2.|
|Denver is second worst in field goal percentage against in the league at 47.8.|
|Denver leads the league in rebounds allowed at 40.3.|
|Houston is the second highest scoring team in the league at 115.3 points per game.|
|Houston leads the league in three points made with 14.6 per game.|