The Denver Nuggets (52-26) are first in the Western Conference as they gear up to take on the Houston Rockets (19-60) at the Toyota Center on Tuesday, who are last in the West.
The Nuggets are the No.1 seed in the West and have already clinched their division as well. They are 6-4 in their last ten games and are coming off a win 112-110 against the Golden State Warriors. In the absence of Nikola Jokic, Michael Porter Jr. stepped up big time and produced 29 points for the Nuggets, along with Jamal Murray, who had a 26-point game. Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry tried their best for the Warriors, scoring 25 and 21 points, but Golden State fell short by two points.
Denver’s opponents tonight, the Houston Rockets, are just 2-8 in their last ten games and at the bottom of the conference. In their previous match, Houston suffered a 134-109 loss against the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. scoring 24 and 20 points, respectively, the Rockets had no answers to the Lakers’ offense. Anthony Davis continued his fantastic form and put in 40 points for the Lakers, with LeBron adding 18. Rui Hachimura came off the bench and scored 20 in the big win.
Fixture: Denver Nuggets @ Houston Rockets
Date & Time: Tuesday, April 4, 8:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Toyota Center in Houston, Texas
Denver Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets: Injury Report
The Nuggets are dealing with several injury issues at the moment. Nikola Jokic is questionable for tonight’s game due to a calf injury, while Jamal Murray is listed as probable because of a thigh issue. Zeke Nnaji is also questionable due to a knee injury, while Colin Gillespie is out with a leg injury.
As for the Rockets, Jae Sean Tate is unavailable with a knee injury.
|Nikola Jokic||Denver Nuggets||Questionable||Calf|
|Jamal Murray||Denver Nuggets||Probable||Thigh|
|Zeke Nnaji||Denver Nuggets||Questionable||Knee|
|Collin Gillespie||Denver Nuggets||Out||Leg|
|Jae Sean Tate||Houston Rockets||Out||Knee|
Denver Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets: Betting Odds
|Denver Nuggets||-390||-9 (-105)||O 230 (-110)|
|Houston Rockets||+320||+9 (-115)||U 230 (-110)|
Nuggets: F Aaron Gordon, F Michael Porter Jr., C Jeff Green, G Jamal Murray, G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Rockets: F Jabari Smith Jr., F Kenyon Martin Jr., C Alperen Sengun, G Jalen Green, G Kevin Porter Jr.
Denver vs. Houston: Betting Prediction
The Nuggets have a 3-0 lead over the Rockets this season. The Rockets now have a chance to salvage a win in their fourth and final encounter in the regular season. Although their home record is terrible at 13-27, at this stage of the season, it doesn’t really matter. The Nuggets are much better in offense and defense than the Rockets. The Rockets can try to play their best game and give their fans something to cheer about. Although a win for them is unlikely, expect them to cover the spread tonight.