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Houston vs. Denver,
02/01/2019 22:00 EDT,
Score: 122 - 136
Point Spread: -4½/-110 Denver
10* Denver (10:05 ET): As I've been saying for months, the majority of conference games out West are going to have playoff implications. It's such a crowded field this year. Tonight's game between Houston and Denver definitely "fits the bill." The Nuggets have been at or near the top of the Western Conference standings for the majority of the season. With Golden State losing last night, they are just one-half game back of the Dubs. Houston has overcome a poor start to find its way into sixth in the Conference and is just one-half game out of fifth. One thing I found curious when handicapping this matchup is that Denver has lost to Houston nine straight times, two of those coming this year. At home, I believe they'll put an end to that streak tonight. Lay the points.
Houston is off an embarrassing loss to New Orleans, who was w/o Anthony Davis. The Rockets were 13.5-point home favorites when they lost outright Tuesday night. They're now just 1-6 ATS the L7 games. Not only were the Pelicans playing w/o Davis, they were without four of their other top six scorers. Yet Houston still blew a 15-point lead and lost at home. James Harden has scored 32 or more points in 24 consecutive games. But he can't carry the load by himself. There are some reports that Chris Paul may return from his back injury tonight. But if he does, I wouldn't expect much from him in his first game back. The Rockets are only 10-13 SU on the road this season.
Denver is 22-4 SU at home. One of those four losses was to Houston, but it was back in November. The Nuggets had their own questionable performance earlier this week when they found themselves down by as many as 25 to Memphis, but they came back and won. They followed that up w/ a six-point win in New Orleans. Now they're back home where they outscore teams by nearly 12 PPG. To me, even though they have only lost four times in the last 18 games, this is a statement game for the Nuggets as they have double revenge. Houston has typically NOT performed well coming off high-scoring games this year. They are 4-14 ATS after allowing 115+ points and 4-13 ATS after scoring 115+ points. 10* Denver