It’s one of the intriguing facets of this contracted NBA season that teams are meeting each other frequently within a short space of time. Vengeance has become a motivating tool.
Hence the Houston Rockets host the Denver Nuggets on Monday night with more incentives than normal. On Saturday, Denver won 101-86 against their divisional rivals to move two games clear in their battle for the Western Conference’s seventh seed. And it has left the Rockets in an even trickier scrap to hold off surging Phoenix and hold onto the eighth and final post-season berth.
Houston’s three-game skid has come at the worst possible time and the Nuggets uptempo offense is not going to make things any easier in the re-match. Take Denver at a handicap of + 5.5 at odds of 1.91 but with Kevin McHale urging his team to tighten up its defence and cut down on turnovers, go under the line of 207 points in the game.
After their overtime loss to the LA Lakers on Sunday, Dirk Nowitzki needs to show a surer shooting touch when the Dallas Mavericks visit Utah. But the Jazz, on the brink of missing the post-season, has lost three times already to the reigning champions this season.
Although an extra day’s rest will help the Jazz, Dallas at +4 on the handicap is a tempting bet as is going over 193.5 points.
Even without Kobe Bryant, the Lakers are finding ways to win. And new point guard Ramon Sessions has slotted in more quickly than expected. With Bryant expected back in time for the play-offs, his team are still a generous 7.00 to win the Western Conference even if they seem ill-equipped against any potential challenger from the East.
Bet of the Day: Go under 207 total points in Denver @ Houston at 1.91.