Palmerbet’s daily NBA preview highlights the feature game between the Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets, along with NBA tips for all other matches being played today.
12:00 (AEDT), Tue 8th Jan @ Toyota Center, Houston
History: Played 189: Rockets 102 V Nuggets 87
Last meeting: November 13, 2018: Rockets 109 d Nuggets 99 at Pepsi Center
Final Thoughts: The Denver Nuggets are maintaining their lead at the top of the Western Conference, but they face a Houston Rockets outfit that are charging up the standings.
The 26-11 Nuggets have won nine of their last 11, including their last five straight. Nikola Jokic’s sparkling form continued with 39 points and 12 rebounds in a 123-110 win over the Hornets two days ago.
But Denver are a modest 10-8 on the road this season. Recent wins in Phoenix and Sacramento ended a four-game away losing run.
The 22-16 Rockets have won 11 of their last 13. But a six-game winning streak was halted by the Trail Blazers 110-101 on the weekend.
James Harden has scored 35-plus points in 10 straight games, while Clint Capela has racked up 18-plus boards in five of his last seven outings.
Houston are a muscular 13-5 at Toyota Center this season, winning their last nine at home.
The Rockets are on an eight-game winning streak against the Nuggets and have won eight of the last nine between the teams in Houston.
The Rockets subjected the Nuggets to a rare home loss two months ago. Capela (24 pts, 9 reb) and Harden (22 pts, 11 ast, 5 reb) starred in the 109-99 success.
The Rockets are 8-1 against the line in their last nine at home, while the Nuggets are 1-5 ATS in their last six away. That disparity is enough to justify getting behind Houston in a duel between two of the NBA’s form teams.
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