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The Houston Rockets have fallen to the Denver Nuggets in both games so far this season. There are two games remaining in the season series and Houston will look to inch closer to evening it up tonight in Denver.
Both teams are relatively close when it comes to their records. The Rockets are now 25-22 after a three-game winning streak while the Nuggets stand at 28-18.
The key to beating the Nuggets is slowing down Ty Lawson. Jeremy Lin has struggled in both games against Denver while guarding Lawson. Just a week ago Lawson dropped 21 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds on the Rockets. Lin will need to play much better defense and force Lawson into some tough shots instead of letting him go to work in the painted area.
Houston’s forwards will need to slow down the Nuggets forwards Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler. In the last contest they combined for 38 points and 12 rebounds. Guys like Chandler Parsons, Carlos Delfino and Marcus Morris need to make them work on both ends of the floor.
Ultimately this game could come down to whose bench produces more. Delfino has been on fire but Houston needs someone else to step up as well. I would look for Marcus Morris to do just that as he’s been on a tear as of late.
This game will be a great chance for the Rockets to show the NBA they’re not a fluke. A win over the Nuggets could do just that.