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Rockets vs. Nuggets preview: Going for 12 in a row

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 09: Monte Morris
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 09: Monte Morris

The Rockets are going for their 12th straight win tonight when they face a dangerous Nuggets squad in Denver.

The Houston Rockets (46-13) continued their hot stretch a couple of nights ago when they defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Denver Nuggets (33-26) beat the Spurs on Friday night and moved up to the 6th seed in the Western Conference after the OKC Thunder lost yesterday.

These are two hot teams that are both on winning streaks. Denver has won their last 4 straight, including wins over San Antonio twice, while the Rockets have won 11 straight.

Let’s look at the starting 5s:

Projected Starting 5s


Chris Paul/James Harden/Trevor Ariza/P.J. Tucker/Clint Capela

It’s looking like P.J. Tucker has taken control of the starting power forward position. It is his to lose heading into the last stretch of the season.


Jamal Murray/Gary Harris/Will Barton/Wilson Chandler/Nikola Jokic

The Nuggets are still without All-Star big man Paul Millsap, as they have been most of the year. He is projected to be out another 1-2 weeks or so.

How the Rockets can win

The Rockets have dominated the Nuggets this season, winning the two games by a combined 54 points. That dominance will need to continue tonight as they look to sweep the season series.

Clint Capela will be looking to have another huge night for the Rockets. He had the best game of his career against Jokic and the Nuggets last time out, dropping 23 points and 25 rebounds.

James Harden had a rough night last game, despite having good stats. He shot just 33% and looked a little rusty coming out of the All-Star break. Look for him to turn it around and lead the Rockets to victory.

Without Millsap, the Nuggets tend to play pretty small. That is something Houston excels at and should be able to do better than Denver tonight. If the Rockets can turn up the pace, they can blow them out of the water yet again.

Be sure to tune into AT&T Sportsnet SW in just a couple hours at 7 p.m. for the game tonight!

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