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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 1/22/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore




DENVER (30 - 13) at HOUSTON (26 - 16)
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DENVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games30-13-11.917-2018-25109.354.046.3%53.4105.652.745.4%51.7
Road Games13-7-4.49-810-10110.354.346.2%52.8107.953.845.7%51.7
Last 5 Games4-1+3.43-12-3112.454.647.5%57.2107.250.844.5%47.8
DENVER Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)109.354.041-8946.3%10-3034.6%16-2176.8%531126208134
vs opponents surrendering111.65641-8945.9%12-3335.5%18-2377.1%541024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)110.354.341-8946.2%11-3037.5%17-2179.0%531026218134
Stats Against (All Games)105.652.739-8645.4%11-3333.1%16-2275.9%521025217145
vs opponents averaging110.755.641-9045.4%12-3434.9%18-2376.9%541024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)107.953.839-8645.7%12-3434.1%17-2376.9%521024207145

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games26-16-19.420-2218-24118.360.645.2%55.5114.257.845.6%56.2
Home Games14-7-12.110-1111-10119.060.545.2%59.1111.755.043.7%56.8
Last 5 Games1-4-10.41-42-3115.658.844.6%56.6116.656.844.7%58.6
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)118.360.641-9145.2%15-4434.4%21-2678.0%561122228155
vs opponents surrendering111.555.741-8945.7%12-3435.3%18-2377.5%541024218145
Team Stats (Home Games)119.060.542-9245.2%14-4433.1%21-2776.2%591122228145
Stats Against (All Games)114.257.842-9345.6%12-3634.6%17-2375.6%561126218145
vs opponents averaging111.155.641-8945.7%12-3335.2%18-2377.4%541024218145
Stats Against (Home Games)111.755.041-9343.7%12-3733.5%18-2473.9%571125227144
Average power rating of opponents played: DENVER 95,  HOUSTON 95.6
DENVER - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
12/14/2019OKLAHOMA CITY110-102W-5.5W204O43-8550.6%521538-8146.9%4215
12/15/2019NEW YORK111-105W-10L207.5O44-9446.8%54944-9446.8%5311
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@ HOUSTON              
1/24/2020@ NEW ORLEANS              
1/28/2020@ MEMPHIS              
1/31/2020@ MILWAUKEE              
2/2/2020@ DETROIT              
2/5/2020@ UTAH              

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
12/13/2019@ ORLANDO130-107W-6.5W220O48-8655.8%48940-9144.0%466
12/16/2019SAN ANTONIO109-107W-10L231.5U40-9840.8%661239-9242.4%5718
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@ MINNESOTA              
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: 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.
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.
Rockets grasping for straws, and boards, ahead of Nuggets

Before the Houston Rockets, set to host the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, coughed up a 16-point, fourth-quarter lead on Monday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston coach Mike D'Antoni specifically addressed one of the pressing issues negatively affecting his team during this stretch of frustration and relative futility.

Defensively, the Rockets were a sieve in allowing 41 fourth-quarter points en route to their 112-107 loss, their fourth consecutive setback and fifth in six games. But the Thunder were aided in part by their 13-8 advantage on the glass in the final period, continuing for Houston a recent trend of surrendering crucial rebounds that in turn have brought its season to a halt.

The Rockets rank 16th overall in rebounding rate this season. However, Houston is just 22nd this month at 49.1 percent, a total that correlates to its inability to muster a fight when moments are dire and games in the balance.

"It's been bad," D'Antoni said. "That's a problem we've been addressing, we've been talking about. We've got to get that better. You can't be (ranked low) in something that important."

It is tempting to analyze the Rockets roster, recognize how frequently D'Antoni relies upon smaller lineups geared toward shooting and declare an easy solution. But what has been obvious to anyone watching Houston of late is that what ails it goes far beyond the lack of rangy, athletic types.

It is easier to point out the Rockets' shortcomings defensively because insincere effort is most obvious on that end of the court. Boxing out with fervor and determination is more difficult to spot, and if the Rockets are going to reverse their current slide, they will need more of both on the glass.

"It's awareness, it's mental energy," D'Antoni said. "And sometimes during the year, you do have dog days and sometimes it happens, and sometimes you get complacent because you're winning. You shoot the ball well and you win and you're good. So it's a habit that we've got to get back to and draw attention to and do a better job.

"These guys are trying to win every night. I'm not ever questioning that. It's just questioning that sometimes your focus has to be in other areas and for whatever reason ... you get into a bad habit and we've got to break that."

Interestingly, the Nuggets view rebounding as a clear indication of their game-by-game investment. The Nuggets were plus-11 on the glass in their 107-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday. It should come as little surprise that the Nuggets are 7-3 this month and pace the league in rebounding rate in January, snagging 52.2 percent of all available rebounds.

Denver has depth and shooting in abundance, and it has developed an adeptness at wielding both to its favor. But when the Nuggets rebound intently, their optimal selves are revealed.

"It tells me whether or not if we're in the fight," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. "Are we going to be physical? Are we going to work? Are we going to own our spots to gang rebound and get out and run?"

Michael Porter Jr. continues to have the hot hand for Denver, scoring in double digits in each of the past five games in averaging 16 points and 8.8 rebounds per game in that stretch.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 9/19/2020 2:09:25 AM EST

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