2019-20 NBA – Houston Rockets @ Denver Nuggets Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Houston Rockets @ Denver Nuggets taking place? Sunday 26th January, 2020 – 20:30 (UK)

Where is Houston Rockets @ Denver Nuggets taking place? Pepsi Center

What channel is Houston Rockets @ Denver Nuggets on? Altitude, AT&T Sportsnet Southwest

Where can I stream Houston Rockets @ Denver Nuggets? If the game is televised on Sky Sports, subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go / NBA League Pass subscribers can stream every game live on the online service

Where can I get tickets for Houston Rockets @ Denver Nuggets? https://nbatickets.nba.com/

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Houston Rockets 121 – 105 Denver Nuggets

THE TEAM NEWS

HOUSTON ROCKETS

  • The Rockets remain one of the top teams in the Western Conference this season and are coming off a 131-124 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves – that has sent the Rockets into a two-game winning run, but they still have a 2-3 mark over their last five games. That negative run of form has seen them fall into sixth place of the Western Conference with a 28-16 record.
  • Houston should be quite healthy entering this matchup. Gerald Green and Nene remain sidelined but both players have barely played during the current season so their absences shouldn’t play a big role within Mike D’Antoni’s offensive scheme.
  • Keep an eye on James Harden here. The league’s top scoring threat is coming off a 12-point effort in 35 minutes against the Timberwolves and that was one of his worst outings of the season. He should be due for a bounce-back performance here.

DENVER NUGGETS

  • The Nuggets have been extremely inconsistent over their last few games, and they enter this game on a 3-2 mark over their last five contests following their 113-106 win over the New Orleans Pelicans the last time out. They sit in fourth place of the Western Conference with a 31-14 record.
  • Denver’s starting lineup should be quite depleted ahead of this game since both Paul Millsap and Jamal Murray have been ruled out, while Gary Harris has been listed as questionable. Michael Porter Jr. is doubtful as well, while Mason Plumlee remains sidelined.
  • With both Murray and Harris unlikely to play, there’s no question most of the offensive load will fall on Nikola Jokic’s shoulders. One of the most versatile big men in the NBA, he is coming off a 27-point, 12-rebounds, seven-assist performance against the Pelicans.

THE PREDICTION

These two teams met earlier this week and the Rockets came away with a huge win at home. Despite the fact this game will be played at Denver, Houston should be considered as favourites once again. They are healthier and seemed to have turned things around following a four-game undefeated streak earlier this month, while the Nuggets have been far more inconsistent during the January. The absences have also hurt their depth, and all signs point towards a win for Houston where their star duo of Russell Westbrook and James Harden should carry them once again.

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