Rockets-Nuggets: Denver To Snap 7-Game Skid in Series

Monday, November 12, 2018 1:41 PM UTC

Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 1:41 PM UTC

Have the Denver Nuggets surpassed the Houston Rockets as the main challenger to Golden State? Perhaps Tuesday’s first Rockets-Nuggets meeting will tell us.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" rel="nofollow">Houston (5-7 SU, 4-8 ATS) at Denver (9-4 SU, 7-6 ATS)</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Tuesday, 9 p.m. ET</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free NBA Pick: Nuggets ATS</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow">BetOnline</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3569923, "sportsbooksIds":[1096,93,19,999991,238], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>Just three games on the NBA schedule on Tuesday. The NBA TV doubleheader features Hornets-Cavaliers and Hawks-Warriors. Two bad teams in the first one and a likely Golden State blowout in the second. We’re here to preview what should be the best game of the night and that’s <a href="" rel="nofollow">Houston at Denver, their first meeting of the new season.</a></p><p>The Nuggets could be this year’s version of the 2017-18 Rockets. By that, we mean the primary challenger to the Warriors in the West – although still not good enough to beat the Dubs in a series. Houston jumped from 55 wins in 2016-17 to 65 last year and the West’s top seed. I’m not here to propose the Nuggets will be the West’s top seed, but I can see them jumping 10 wins, to 56, and being the No. 2 to Golden State.</p><p>You say the Nuggets don’t have a superstar so they can’t possibly compete for the West title? Uh, have you seen Nikola Jokic? OK, but they don’t have a second star. Uh, have you seen Jamal Murray? This team is definitely on the rise.</p><p>The Nuggets were swept last year by Houston and have lost the past seven in the series. James Harden averaged nearly a triple-double vs. Denver in 2017-18 at 30.0 ppg, 9.0 apg and 7.7 rpg (and 5.7 turnovers). Chris Paul was at 19.0 ppg and 8.3 apg. Clint Capela 12.3 ppg and 13.3 rpg. Jokic averaged 17.3 points and 9.0 rebounds, but Murray only 11.0 points.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;I am hearing the &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@Sixers&lt;/a&gt; are kicking the tires on the idea of claiming &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@carmeloanthony&lt;/a&gt; off waivers if the &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@HoustonRockets&lt;/a&gt; let him go. Definite need for Philly, with &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@dariosaric&lt;/a&gt; gone and &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@mikemuscala&lt;/a&gt; the only other option at the 4 right now.&lt;/p&gt;— Chris Sheridan (@sheridanhoops) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;November 12, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2>So Long Melo!</h2><p>Apparently, the Carmelo Anthony experiment is over in Houston – is anyone really surprised that failed so spectacularly? Anthony has missed the past two games for an “illness” (yeah right) amid rumors the team will release him. Anthony’s just not worth the headache any longer, shooting barely better than 40 percent from the field, still a ball-stopper (i.e. only shoots) and sucking on defense like usual. Of course, Denver was Anthony’s first team in the NBA as he was drafted No. 3 overall in 2003 by the Nuggets.</p><p>The disappointing Rockets snapped a two-game losing streak Sunday night with a 115-103 win over visiting Indiana. Harden had a season-high 40 points along with nine assists and seven rebounds but also nine turnovers. Paul had 26 points. Capela had 18 points and seven rebounds but injured his knee and said he’s questionable for Tuesday. This team is really thin as it is so Capela’s loss would be massive. Houston had been the only team in the league without a home win.</p><p>Denver has hit the skids after a 9-1 start as it lost a third in a row Sunday, 121-114 at home vs. Milwaukee. Paul Millsap had a season-high 25 points and Jokic 20 points, six rebounds and six assists. Torrey Craig went from a starting role to a DNP-CD. He was only starting because Will Barton is out injured. Juancho Hernangomez got the start Sunday and had eight points. Denver ranks fourth in the NBA in points allowed (103.5 ppg) but has been slipping on that end.</p><ul> <li>Rockets are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.</li> <li>Rockets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win.</li> <li>Over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Denver.</li></ul><p>Possibly no Capela and the whole Anthony distraction. Houston has failed to cover its past six vs. the West so we like Denver for a <a href="" rel="nofollow">Tuesday NBA pick.</a></p>
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