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James Harden leads the Houston Rockets (0-1) against the Denver Nuggets (0-2) after scoring 44 points in a 128-126 loss to the Trail Blazers. The Nuggets are favorites in the game on Monday, December 28, 2020, which starts at 9:00 PM ET. The over/under is set at for the matchup.

The betting insights in this article reflect data from DraftKings sportsbook as of December 28, 2020, 1:06 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Nuggets vs Rockets Betting Odds

Injury Report as of December 28

Nuggets:
Greg Whittington: Day To Day (Left knee),
JaMychal Green: Out (Calf)

Rockets:
Chris Clemons: Out For Season (Achilles),
DeMarcus Cousins: Out (Contract Tracing),
John Wall: Out (Contract Tracing),
Eric Gordon: Out (Health protocols),
Mason Jones: Out (Health protocols),
Ben McLemore: Out (Self Isolating),
Kenyon Martin Jr.: Out (Self Isolating)

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Nuggets Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Nikola Jokic 73 19.9 9.7 7.0 1.2 0.6 1.1
Jamal Murray 59 18.5 4.0 4.8 1.1 0.3 1.9
Will Barton 58 15.1 6.3 3.7 1.1 0.5 1.9
Paul Millsap 51 11.6 5.7 1.6 0.9 0.6 1.1
Gary Harris 56 10.4 2.9 2.1 1.4 0.3 1.3

Rockets Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
James Harden 68 34.3 6.6 7.5 1.8 0.9 4.4
Eric Gordon 36 14.4 2.0 1.5 0.6 0.4 2.7
Christian Wood 62 13.1 6.3 1.0 0.5 0.9 0.9
Danuel House 63 10.5 4.2 1.3 1.1 0.5 2.0
Ben McLemore 71 10.1 2.2 0.8 0.6 0.2 2.5

Shooting Trends

  • The Nuggets made 47.3% of their shots from the field last season, which was 1.1 percentage points higher than the Rockets allowed to their opponents (46.2%).
  • In games Denver shot higher than 46.2% from the field, it went 36-18-4 against the spread and 42-17 overall.
  • Houston’s record was 28-21-1 against the spread and 37-14 overall when its opponents made more than 47.3% of their shots from the field.
  • The Rockets shot at a 44.9% rate from the field last season, 1.6 percentage points less than the 46.5% shooting opponents of the Nuggets averaged.
  • Houston went 21-8 against the spread and 26-3 overall when it shot better than 46.5% from the field.
  • When Denver’s opponents shot above 44.9% from the field last season, it was 24-9-1 against the spread and 30-4 overall.
  • The Nuggets shot 36.3% from beyond the arc last season, 1.4% higher than the 34.9% the Rockets allowed to opponents.
  • Denver had a 27-17-3 record against the spread and a 34-14 record overall when the team made more than 34.9% of its three-point shots.
  • Houston went 29-20-1 against the spread while putting together a 34-16 straight-up record when its opponents shot above 36.3% from downtown.
  • The Rockets made 34.8% of their shots from deep, which was only 1.3 percentage points fewer than the 36.1% the Nuggets’ opponents averaged last season.
  • Houston had a 23-10 ATS record and is 27-6 straight-up when the team made more than 36.1% of its three-point attempts.
  • Denver had a 28-12-2 ATS record and a 33-10 straight-up record in games last season it shot better than 34.8% from three-point distance.
  • The Nuggets made 11.2 three-pointers per game last season, 4.6 fewer makes per game than the Rockets allowed (15.8).
  • When Houston made more threes than its opponents last season, it went 34-23-1 against the spread and 40-19 overall. When Denver was out-shot from deep by its opponents, it was 17-30 ATS and 20-27 straight up.
  • The Rockets made the most three-pointers in the league a season ago, while the Nuggets gave up the 12th-fewest makes from beyond the arc.
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Nuggets vs Rockets Stat Rankings

Nuggets Rank Nuggets AVG Rockets AVG Rockets Rank
19th 110.5 Points Scored 116.4 2nd
11th 109.3 Points Allowed 113.7 23rd
19th 43.4 Rebounds 43.5 17th
5th 10.5 Off. Rebounds 9.3 20th
24th 11.2 3pt Made 15.8 1st
4th 25.9 Assists 21.6 29th
7th 13.1 Turnovers 14 17th

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