Houston – Denver
This might be a weird choice for a few people, but I like the Rockets playing in Denver tonight. It’s not recommended to pick underdogs on a b2b games, but this one looks different.
The Houston Rockets, one of the few teams to win in Denver last season, have Tracy McGrady back for at least limited playing time as they look to defeat the Nuggets for a fourth consecutive time Wednesday night.
Anthony was hardly dominant versus Houston (14-10) last season, averaging 15.0 points in three games and missing another with a fractured right hand. The Rockets won the last three meetings with Denver, including a 97-95 victory at the Pepsi Center on March 9.
Tracy McGrady played in just one of those wins, but he was instrumental. McGrady had 20 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in the Rockets’ 108-96 victory on Dec. 16, his fourth career triple-double.
He played in 17 games after that before opting to have season-ending microfracture surgery on his left knee. While McGrady had lobbied to play during this season’s first six weeks, coach Rick Adelman didn’t let him make his 2009-10 debut until Tuesday against Detroit.
With Trevor Ariza serving a one-game suspension, rookie Chase Budinger started and McGrady came off the bench. Luis Scola and Aaron Brooks had 23 points apiece in Houston’s 107-96 win while McGrady had three points in seven minutes, but the talk was all about the two-time NBA scoring champion.
Hou is posting a 9-5 road ATS record. They are 3-2 ATS on back to back games.
The Nuggets have not covered in 4 straight games and I expect that continue Wednesday night. Even though they beat the Thunder, besides Melo, Nuggets looked pretty sloppy.
A few trends to consider :
Nuggets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite.
Nuggets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Rockets are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games.
So , today’s NBA play of the day is :
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