The Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets will be trying to pick up their first win of the season when they play on Monday night. The Rockets are coming off a 128-126 loss to Portland as 7.5-point underdogs. The Nuggets are coming off a 121-108 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers as 3.5-point underdogs.
Houston is 7-3 in its last 10 games against Denver.
Rockets Trying To Bounce Back From Loss
The Rockets weren’t given much of a chance in their first game after DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Eric Gordon, and Mason Jones were ruled out of the game because they have to be quarantined until Wednesday due to the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols.
Even though they were shorthanded, the Rockets put up a fight and barely lost to the Trailblazers thanks to a big performance from James Harden, who led the team with 44 points and 17 assists. New addition Christian Wood impressed in his debut with the Rockets, finishing with 31 points and 13 rebounds.
With Cousins and Wall out for this game, the team will need another solid performance from Harden and his supporting cast.
The Rockets didn’t play well defensively, giving up 128 points in the loss. They will need a significantly better effort if they want to beat the Nuggets.
Nuggets Trying To Snap Two-Game Losing Streak
The Nuggets are off to a poor start after losing their first two games. They will be trying to snap their losing streak and pick up their first win of the season when they face the Rockets on Monday.
Denver has played well offensively, averaging 115 points per game. The team finished with 108 points in their last game. They made 45.7 percent of their field goals and 30.6 percent of their three-pointers.
Nikola Jokic led the way for the Nuggets with 24 points, nine rebounds, and 10 assists. Jamal Murray finished with 23 points, five rebounds, and three assists, while Will Barton added 15 points, five rebounds, and three assists for the Nuggets.