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Denver Nuggets vs Houston Rockets 12/31/2019 Odds Picks and Previews

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Denver Nuggets vs Houston Rockets 12-31-2019 Odds Picks and Previews

Denver Nuggets vs Houston Rockets 12/31/2019 – The Denver Nuggets will be trying to keep piling up wins as they lock horns with fellow Western Conference elite, the Houston Rockets, on Tuesday at Toyota Center. Despite sporting the second-best record in the West, the Nuggets will enter the game as the slight 1.5-point underdogs based on the current NBA betting lines in Las Vegas. The Rockets dropped two of their last three games but are expected to get back the service of Clint Capela, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden for the game.

Denver Nuggets vs Houston Rockets 12/31/2019

When: December 31, 2019 7:00 PM ET
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
TV: NBA TV
Stream: NBA League Pass, SofaScore

Denver Nuggets vs Houston Rockets 12/31/2019 Betting Odds
Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Denver Nuggets -1 (-108) 218.5 o (-110) -102

Houston Rockets
+1 (-108) 218.5 u (-110) -118
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Denver Nuggets Betting

The Nuggets are playing like a legitimate title contender, winning nine of their last 10 games. In their win against the Sacramento Kings, six players scored in double figures led by rookie Michael Porter Jr. and Will Barton, who each scored 19 points. Jeremi Grant recorded 18 points, while Nikola Jokic added 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists.

Players to Watch: Nikola Jokic (18.0 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 6.8 APG)
Jamal Murray (17.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 4.6 APG)
Will Barton (14.7 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 3.6 APG)

Houston Rockets Betting

The Houston Rockets decided to rest their three leading scorers against the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday and paid the price. Denuel House starred for Houston that night, scoring 22 points with six rebounds and three assists. Eric Gordon and Chris Clemons recorded 20 points and 16 points off the bench, while Isaiah Hartenstein had a career game with 19 points and 9 boards.

Players to Watch: James Harden (38.3 PPG, 5.9 RPG, and 7.5 APG)
Russell Westbrook (24.1 PPG, 8.1 RPG, and 7.1 APG)
Clint Capela (13.9 PPG and 10.4 RPG)

Denver Nuggets vs Houston Rockets 12/31/2019 Betting Numbers

Trends

Denver Nuggets

Denver are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Denver’s last 5 games.
Denver are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games.
Denver are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games against Houston.
Nuggets are 2-10 SU in their last 12 games against Houston.
Denver are 0-6 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Houston.
Denver are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games this season.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Denver’s last 5 games against an opponent in the Western conference.
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Denver’s last 12 games against an opponent in the Southwest division.
Denver are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games played in December.

Houston Rockets

Houston are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games.
Rockets are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games at home.
Houston are 6-0 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against Denver.
Houston are 9-4 SU in their last 13 games this season.
Rockets are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against an opponent in the Western conference.
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Houston’s last 12 games against an opponent in the Northwest division.
Houston are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games played in December.

Injuries

Denver Nuggets

Paul Millsap PF Knee is downgraded to OUT Tuesday vs Houston
Gary Harris SG Shin is upgraded to probable Tuesday vs Houston

Houston Rockets

James Harden SG Toe is “?” Tuesday vs Denver
Clint Capela C Heel is “?” Tuesday vs Denver

Head-to-Head
Denver Nuggets Houston Rockets
49-47 Against the Spread 47-43-3
44-52 Straight Up 47-43-3
110 Points per Game 106
106 Points Allowed per Game 108
45.63 Offensive FG% 45.15
75.97 Offensive FT% 78.52
35.81 Offensive 3PT% 34.83
44.21 Defensive FG% 45.75
75.53 Defensive FT% 75.41
31.12 Defensive 3PT% 35.24

Denver Nuggets vs Houston Rockets Betting Picks

Bet on NBA games now and start building your portfolio at Betnow.uk. The Rockets coming in as the favorites against the No.2 team in the West is quite a surprise, but it shows how online bookmakers view Houston and their place in the pecking order in the Western Conference.

Moneyline: The Nuggets are 2-1 against the Rockets in the last two games, including a 105-95 win last November 20. Denver is the No.1 defensive team in the NBA and their defense will once again contain the Rockets’ offense for the second time this season.

ATS: The Nuggets haven’t been good bets against the spread this season with 13-16-3 ATS record. However, a 1.5 NBA spread should open the door for Denver to get an ATS win on the road.

TOTALs: The total opened at 218.5 points. The Nuggets and Rockets combined for 200 points in their first game of the season. Although the Nuggets are the best defensive team in the NBA, they have been allowing teams to score at least 110 points in their last four games – a trend that bodes well for the Rockets and the bettors picking OVER.

Score Prediction: 116 – 110 Nuggets