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NBA : ATS Matchup
Sunday 1/26/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore




HOUSTON (28 - 16) at DENVER (31 - 14)
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HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games28-16-17.422-2219-25118.760.745.4%55.5114.257.545.6%55.9
Road Games13-9-6.211-118-14118.360.945.6%51.7117.060.747.5%55.6
Last 5 Games2-3-72-32-3116.259.845.4%55.0116.455.846.0%57.4
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)118.760.741-9145.4%15-4434.6%21-2778.3%551122228145
vs opponents surrendering111.555.841-8945.7%12-3435.4%18-2377.5%541024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)118.360.941-9045.6%16-4435.7%21-2680.1%521021228154
Stats Against (All Games)114.257.542-9345.6%12-3634.6%17-2375.8%561126228145
vs opponents averaging111.155.641-8945.7%12-3335.2%18-2377.4%541024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)117.060.744-9247.5%12-3435.7%17-2277.8%561126229155

DENVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games31-14-11.318-2118-27109.354.046.1%53.6106.053.045.4%51.9
Home Games17-6-7.48-128-15108.553.746.4%54.0103.651.745.1%51.6
Last 5 Games3-2+22-22-3113.251.244.7%58.6114.655.245.9%50.8
DENVER Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)109.354.041-9046.1%10-3034.5%16-2177.2%541126208135
vs opponents surrendering111.956.241-8946.0%12-3335.6%18-2377.2%541024218145
Team Stats (Home Games)108.553.742-9046.4%9-2931.9%16-2174.9%541126198125
Stats Against (All Games)106.053.039-8645.4%11-3333.6%17-2275.7%521025207145
vs opponents averaging11155.741-9045.5%12-3435.1%18-2376.9%541024218145
Stats Against (Home Games)103.651.739-8645.1%11-3332.3%16-2175.1%521025217134
Average power rating of opponents played: HOUSTON 95.7,  DENVER 95.2
HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
12/19/2019@ LA CLIPPERS122-117W5W236.5O43-8650.0%511843-8749.4%4718
12/21/2019@ PHOENIX139-125W-9W238O51-8758.6%391047-9151.6%538
12/23/2019@ SACRAMENTO113-104W-6W230U39-8744.8%431141-8747.1%6217
12/25/2019@ GOLDEN STATE104-116L-11L230U37-10037.0%531241-8747.1%6116
12/29/2019@ NEW ORLEANS112-127L5L223O42-8151.9%471750-10249.0%559
1/8/2020@ ATLANTA122-115W-7.5L237.5U39-9242.4%681339-10636.8%6511
1/9/2020@ OKLAHOMA CITY92-113L-3L228U34-8938.2%461443-8749.4%5813
1/14/2020@ MEMPHIS110-121L-6L238.5U37-8643.0%501546-9051.1%487
1/18/2020LA LAKERS115-124L-3.5L234.5O40-9044.4%552045-9348.4%5817
1/20/2020OKLAHOMA CITY107-112L-7.5L230.5U43-9744.3%541140-9243.5%6312
1/24/2020@ MINNESOTA131-124W-5.5W234.5O47-9151.6%471048-9849.0%5517
1/26/2020@ DENVER              
1/27/2020@ UTAH              
1/29/2020@ PORTLAND              
2/2/2020NEW ORLEANS              
2/6/2020@ LA LAKERS              
2/7/2020@ PHOENIX              

DENVER - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
12/22/2019@ LA LAKERS128-104W2.5W208.5O45-9248.9%50839-8347.0%5019
12/23/2019@ PHOENIX113-111W-2.5L219O43-7855.1%432142-8748.3%4417
12/25/2019NEW ORLEANS100-112L-9L216U37-9240.2%511241-9045.6%5718
12/31/2019@ HOUSTON104-130L6L225O45-9746.4%471646-8752.9%5815
1/2/2020@ INDIANA124-116W-1W208O46-8752.9%521043-8252.4%389
1/4/2020@ WASHINGTON114-128L-13L221O40-8746.0%431250-9154.9%5611
1/6/2020@ ATLANTA123-115W-7W224.5O47-9251.1%53435-7745.5%4610
1/8/2020@ DALLAS107-106W4.5W223.5U41-8448.8%491239-7750.6%4413
1/12/2020LA CLIPPERS114-104W-1W220U37-7748.1%531338-8445.2%4714
1/16/2020@ GOLDEN STATE134-131W-3T213.5O47-10047.0%642042-9444.7%4818
1/20/2020@ MINNESOTA107-100W3.5W221U43-9047.8%591338-9141.8%469
1/22/2020@ HOUSTON105-121L10L226.5U42-9245.7%451542-8947.2%6017
1/24/2020@ NEW ORLEANS113-106W4W229.5U40-10637.7%671138-8246.3%5517
1/28/2020@ MEMPHIS              
1/31/2020@ MILWAUKEE              
2/2/2020@ DETROIT              
2/5/2020@ UTAH              
2/8/2020@ PHOENIX              
2/10/2020SAN ANTONIO              
HOUSTON: LAST SEASON: 53-29, lost 4-2 to Golden State in Western Conference semifinals.
COACH: Mike D'Antoni (fourth season with Rockets, 173-73; 16th season overall, 628-499).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Russell Westbrook (22.9 ppg with Oklahoma City), G James Harden (36.1), F Eric Gordon (16.2), F P.J. Tucker (7.3), C Clint Capela (12.0).
KEY LOSSES: G Chris Paul, G Iman Shumpert, C Kenneth Faried
KEY ADDITIONS: Westbrook, C Tyson Chandler, F Thabo Sefolosha, F Ryan Anderson, F Ben McLemore.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: All eyes will be on Westbrook and Harden as the Rockets try to prove that these two ball-dominant guards can coexist after Houston sent Paul to Oklahoma City in exchange for Westbrook. Harden and Westbrook are longtime friends and played together in Oklahoma City at the beginning of Harden's career when he was the sixth man for the Thunder and insist that things will work out because they want them to. But things have changed a lot since their Oklahoma City days and it will be interesting to see how Westbrook will adjust to playing a supporting role to Harden after being the face of the Thunder for years.
OUTLOOK: The addition of Westbrook to this team starring Harden gives the Rockets two of the league's most dynamic scorers and playmakers a year after Houston lost to Golden State in the Western Conference semifinals. If the pairing of is successful it could help the Rockets become an offensive juggernaut in the stacked Western Conference. While Harden and Westbrook will drive Houston's success, players like Eric Gordon and center Clint Capela will have to continue to improve if the Rockets hope to finally get over the hump and compete for their first title since winning back-to-back championships in 1994-95.
DENVER: LAST SEASON: 54-28, lost 4-3 to Portland in Western Conference semifinals.
COACH: Michael Malone (fifth season with Nuggets, 173-155; seventh season overall, 212-222).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Jamal Murray (18.2 ppg), G Gary Harris (12.9), F Paul Millsap (12.6), C Nikola Jokic (20.1), G Will Barton (11.5).
KEY LOSSES: G Isaiah Thomas, F Trey Lyles, C Thomas Welsh.
KEY ADDITIONS: F Jerami Grant, C Bol Bol, F Michael Porter Jr.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Porter was the 14th overall pick in 2018 and missed all of last season as he recovered from back surgery. He skipped the Summer League in Las Vegas due to a balky knee. Now, he's healthy and ready to contribute. A healthy Porter gives the Nuggets another dimension on the perimeter, and another piece to add to the core of Murray, Harris, Jokic and Millsap.
OUTLOOK: The Nuggets have improved every season since Malone took over, going from 33 wins his first season to 40, 46 and 54 last season when they earned the No. 2 seed in the West. They didn't make any splashy moves in the offseason although they did bring back Millsap, picking up his $30 million option and agreed on a $170 million extension for Murray. Behind MVP-candidate Jokic, the Nuggets are a legit title contender.
Westbrook carrying Houston into Denver matchup

Over the past couple of years, Houston Rockets' opponents had one big concern -- slowing down James Harden.

When the Rockets acquired Russell Westbrook from Oklahoma City in July 2019, that dynamic changed. The two-time MVP guard has shown why over the past few games. Westbrook has found a groove with Houston over the past seven games, averaging 33.6 points, 8.7 rebounds and 9.1 assists.

He will try to continue that torrid play when the Rockets visit the Denver Nuggets on Sunday afternoon.

Denver is a familiar opponent for Westbrook; he faced them at least four times per season when he played with the Thunder. His signature moment against the Nuggets came at the end of the 2016-17 campaign when he hit a 3-pointer to win the final game of the season, a year in which he averaged a triple-double over the 82-game schedule and was the league MVP.

Westbrook was the No. 1 option on that Oklahoma City team but now he's sharing the load with Harden. The past few games Westbrook has been the offensive catalyst, including a 45-point effort in a win at Minnesota on Friday night. Harden had only 12 points but Eric Gordon scored 27 to help the Rockets win their second in a row after dropping four straight.

"Guys are playing well, and that's what we need throughout the course of the year," Harden said after Friday's game. "Russ got it going, Eric made some big-time shots. Austin (Rivers) played well. That's what you need."

Harden was listed as questionable for Sunday's game due to a left thigh contusion.

Houston's modest winning streak started against Denver on Wednesday night. The Nuggets were down three starters and two reserves -- Michael Porter Jr. and Mason Plumlee -- in that loss. They got Gary Harris and Porter back Friday night when they beat the Pelicans in New Orleans.

Guard Jamal Murray (left ankle sprain), forward Paul Millsap (left knee) and Plumlee (right foot) will not play Sunday, but in their absence, Denver has gotten some boost from its reserves. PJ Dozier has played well in spurts after getting called up from the G-League while Malik Beasley, Monte Morris and Porter have helped on offense.

The team's fortunes go through center Nikola Jokic, and he has come up big lately. He had a triple-double in the loss to Houston and 27 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and four steals in the win over the Pelicans.

Not only has Jokic led the way with his the court, the 24-year-old Serbian has become more of a vocal leader during a stretch in which the Nuggets have played three back-to-backs in a span of nine days.

Jokic isn't a yeller, and he has tried to keep up his teammates' spirits through injuries and a rough part of the schedule.

"Just positivity," he said this week. "To guys, or me, to have more confidence in ourselves. We could and we won the game. Just don't be scared, don't be surprised, don't be anything. Just to believe in ourselves."

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 4/9/2020 6:31:18 AM EST

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