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Rockets vs Nuggets 2/1/19 Odds & Game Predictions

Matchup Overview

Two of the league’s best offenses clash tonight as the Rockets (29-21, 10-13 away) and Nuggets (35-15, 22-4 home) try to out-gun one another in Denver. Tip off time for this old-fashioned shoot-out is 10:00 p.m. EST at Pepsi Center.

Scoring Hasn’t Been an Issue for Rockets and Nuggets

Both clubs have been creating plenty of buzz – and plenty of points – this season with their high-octane attacks. Denver is generating 111.5 points on 47.0% shooting from the floor and 35.4% from beyond the arc. They rank seventh in rebounds and third in assists. The Nuggets have been led this year by first-time All-Star Nikola Jokic, who is putting up 20.1 points per contest on 47.0% shooting.

Not to be outdone, Houston is averaging 112.3 points on 44.4% shooting from the floor and 34.5% from downtown. They’re 27th in rebounds and a lowly 28th in assists.

James Harden Has Been Unstoppable

The Rockets owe many of their wins this year to James Harden, who is averaging a career-high 36.3 points per contest. The six-time All-Star has scored 30 or more points in 24 straight games and is averaging a ridiculous 43.6 points per game since January 1st.

Houston Rockets vs Denver Nuggets Statistical Comparison



113.5 (2nd) Offensive Rating 113.2 (3rd)
112.3 (14th) Points 111.5 (16th)
20.8 (28th) Assists 27.2 (3rd)
44.4 (26th) Field-Goal Percentage 47.0 (10th)
34.5 (23rd) Three-Point Percentage 35.4 (12th)
+1.4 (12th) Plus/Minus +5.7 (4th)



112.0 (27th) Defensive Rating 107.4 (9th)
110.9 (16th) Points 105.8 (6th)
47.5 (26th) Field-Goal Percentage 45.6 (14th)
33.9 (3rd) Three-Point Percentage 34.1 (5th)
53.4 (30th) Points In The Paint 48.2 (15th)

If Houston’s offense falters, they’ll have to rely on their D to keep them in the game. That’s far from reassuring considering the Rockets are giving up 110.9 points per game and are allowing opponents to shoot a robust 47.5% from the field and 33.9% from beyond the arc. Houston is surrendering a league-worst 53.4 points per game in the paint and has really missed center Clint Capela, who is out four-to-six weeks after suffering ligament damage to his right thumb.

Rockets Have Owned the Nuggets in 2018-19

These two teams have met two times this year, with the Rockets winning on both occasions. The last time they played on January 8th, 2019, Houston won 125-113 behind 32 points from James Harden.

Nuggets Are Favored to Win Tonight

Sportsbooks have us excited for this one, as they’ve set the game total at a healthy 227, with the Nuggets opening as 4.0-point favorites. Houston is 23-26-1 against the spread this season and 28-22-0 over/under, compared to 27-23-0 ATS and 25-25-0 over/under for Denver.