Two dynamic offenses square off in Denver this evening at 7 PM MST for the second time in a week. The Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets each have placed themselves in the top five scoring teams in the NBA this year so expect another high scoring game. The Nuggets prevailed last week with 105-95 victory in Houston.
Turnovers were the difference in the previous meeting, and they are set to play a large part in this one. The Denver Nuggets used 23 forced turnovers to get some easy baskets to help them pull away from the Rockets. Iggy and company will be looking for a similar defensive effort this time around if they hope to put a stop to Houston's three game win streak.
The Nuggets are looking to continue their own win streak after a controversial win over the Indiana Pacers. Andre Iguodala was able to hit the game winning free throw after being fouled on an alley oop inbounds pass with .5 seconds left. Surprisingly, offensive inefficiency nearly doomed the Nuggets against the Pacers as they failed to hit on a field goal over the final 5:45.
The Rockets are coming off of a 45 point blowout of the Utah Jazz. James Harden and company were running on all cylinders Monday night who handed Utah it's worst home loss in team history. Harden lead all scorers with 25 points despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter. More importantly for the Rockets he didn't record a single turnover, and the team finished with only five.
Forcing turnovers will be key for the Nuggets to extend their four game win streak and go up 3-0 on the season series with the Rockets. Also, the ability to knock down free throws, especially late in the game will be very important. The Denver Nuggets are at the bottom of the NBA with 68% from the stripe, enough to make Shaq cringe.