Houston Rockets vs Denver Nuggets Pick and Predictions 4/3/2022

March 4, 2022

2:00 PM ET Mar 4
Rockets vs Nuggets
Nuggets -13.5

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When:Friday, March 4, 2022, 9:00 PM ET
Venue:Ball Arena, Denver, CO

The two teams met for the last time on January 1st, as the Nuggets trounced Houston 124-111 away from home. Nikola Jokic plagued the Rockets whenever he was on the court, finishing the night as the Nuggets' star player, scoring 24 points, providing three final passes, and snagging 11 rebounds.

Meanwhile, Jalen Green led the way for the Rockets, ending with 29 points, 1 dime, and 1 rebound, but it wasn't enough to secure the victory. The balance of the last five encounters between the two franchises indicates that the Rockets have been one of  Nuggets' favorite rivals recently, winning all five games. Those games were won by an average of 226.2 points.

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The Pick: Nuggets at -13.5 (-110)

Houston Rockets vs Denver Nuggets

Against the spreads (ATS)+13.5 (-110)-13.5 (-110)
Over/Under (O/U)u235.5 (-110)o235.5 (-110)

Why bet on Rockets?

✅ This season, the Rockets have averaged 16.3 turnovers per game (751 turnovers/46 games), the most among NBA teams (league average: 13.2).
✅  The Rockets rank first in the league this season with 24.5 free throw attempts per game (league average: 20.8)
✅ The Rockets have played 62 games this season, with 35 of them going over
✅  Since the start of the 2020-21 season, the Rockets have blocked 304 shots on the road, ranking sixth among NBA clubs.

Why bet on Nuggets?

✅ The Nuggets are 12th in the scoring, averaging 110.4 points per game.
✅ The Nuggets have the fourth-best field goal percentage in the NBA at 47.4 percent and score 35.4 percent from behind the arc, which is 12th in the league
✅ The Nuggets have 27.2 assists per game on average.
✅ The Nuggets turn the ball over 13.8 times a game on average.

Houston Rockets

When the Rockets visit the Nuggets on Friday, they will be looking to stop an 11-game losing streak. Houston sits last in the Southwest Division with a record of 15-47, trailing the first-place Memphis Grizzlies by 27 12 games. On Wednesday, the Rockets were trounced 132-127 by the Utah Jazz. Jalen Green led the Rockets in scoring with 27 points, but the Rockets were outplayed by the Jazz 49-35.

Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets will aim to rebound from a loss by defeating Houston on Friday. With a record of 36-26, Nuggets sit second in the Northwest division, three and a half games behind the first-place Utah Jazz. The Nuggets were trounced 119-107 by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday. Nuggets' highest scorer was Nikola Jokic, who had 22 points, but they were outscored 50-47 by Oklahoma City and shot only 44.4 percent.

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