The Houston Rockets are being respected against the Denver Nuggets on Friday, with the NBA betting lines showing the Nuggets as a small favorite.
After losing three of their last four games, there is pressure on the Nuggets, who face another tough road test against an improving outfit.
Trepidation with Nuggets’ Odds
There is a sense of worry about the Nuggets’ ability to cover spreads on the road.
They are 5-10 against the spread with the sportsbook, but an even more concerning 1-7 ATS on the road.
Coming off a loss to the Orlando Magic, we’re not surprised to see them as favorites, but it’s not a confident line set by the sportsbook.
They are being respected because they’re the defending NBA champions, and that’s important. However, with Jamal Murray out of action, they have found it tough to find an offensive rhythm.
Nikola Jokic continues to play well and Michael Porter Jr stepped up against Orlando, but it still wasn’t enough.
That’s a big concern, and they could be overvalued with sport betting lines. The ATS road record is tough to overlook, and after four consecutive away games, they could be tired.
Rockets Taking Off at Home
It has been a year of growth for the Rockets, who are a young team with plenty of promise.
They are 7-6 overall, with all seven wins coming at home. They’re 9-3-1 ATS, which is where bettors can cash in.
We were impressed with their 111-91 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, which showcased their improving defense.
Josh Green had 34 points in the win, and he’s thankful to have senior players on the team to help the youngsters.
“They obviously want to win the game just as bad as I do and want me to be as good as I can be,” Green said. “The last two years it would have just been that nobody would have said nothing and we would have just kept playing through that bad energy.”
The Rockets won the first meeting 107-104 against the Nuggets, so recent success is on their side, and the underdog odds could be too good to pass up.
— Bradeaux (@BradeauxNBA) November 24, 2023
Nuggets vs Rockets Game Information
- Game: Nuggets (10-5) vs Rockets (7-6)
- Date/Time: Nov. 24, 8 p.m. ET
- Location: Toyota Center, Houston
- Nuggets vs Rockets Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Nuggets vs Rockets Betting Lines
Nuggets vs Rockets Game Prediction
Predicted Score:Houston Rockets 110, Denver Nuggets 107
Worth Betting the Moneyline?
There is good value with the Rockets at +130. They are a young team, but the Nuggets aren’t at their best recently.
The Rockets have been excellent at home and bettors have been cashing. Therefore, take the value odds.
NBA Pick:Rockets +130
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Worth Betting ATS?
It should be a close game either way, so we’re naturally picking the Rockets +3.
We have been favoring home underdogs recently with good success, and it’s a betting strategy worth considering.
Teams such as the Rockets often show their best form early before tiring late in the year, so now is the time to strike with the underdogs.
NBA Pick:Rockets +3
Worth Betting on the Totals?
The line is 216 points, so we’re locking in the over. Points should come freely for both sides, and we expect more points than the first time they met this season.
NBA Pick:Over 216
Questions Of The Day
Will the Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic have a triple-double against the Rockets?
No. Nikola Jokic could be getting tired after carrying the Nuggets’ offense lately.
Will the margin at halftime of the Nuggets vs Rockets game be 5 points or fewer?
Yes. It should be a close contest throughout.