Houston Rockets (15-45, 15th in the Western Conference) v Denver Nuggets (38-21, fourth in the Western Conference)
Denver; Saturday, 10 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets play the Houston Rockets. Jokic ranks 10th in the NBA and scores 26.3 points per game.
The Nuggets have played 21-13 against western conference teams. Denver ranks fifth in the Western Conference with 49.4 points per game in the Jokic-led suit averaging 14.5.
The missiles are 10-25 in the Western Conference game. Houston ranks ninth in the Western Conference and scores 46.8 points per game in the color led by Christian Wood with an average of 11.6 points.
The teams compete against each other for the third time this season. The Nuggets won the final matchup 128-99 on April 16. Jokic scored 29 points to lead Denver to victory.
TOP PERFORMER: Jokic leads the nuggets with 8.7 assists and scores 26.3 points per game. Michael Porter Jr. shoots 55.4% and averages 22.1 points in his last 10 games for Denver.
Wood averages 21 points and 9.5 rebounds for the Rockets. Kelly Olynyk has averaged 9.6 rebounds and 17.2 points per game in their last 10 games for Houston.
LAST 10 MATCHES: Nuggets: 7-3, averaging 114.8 points, 46.7 rebounds, 27.4 assists, 7.6 steals, and 4.9 blocks per game while 47.7% is shot off the field. Your opponents averaged 112 points at 47.6% shooting.
Missiles: 2-8, averaging 106.1 points, 44.9 rebounds, 23.8 assists, 7.5 steals, and 4.6 blocks per game, while 44.4% are shot off the field. Your opponents averaged 117.4 points at 47.6% shooting.
INJURIES: Nuggets: Jamal Murray: off for the season (knee), Will Barton: day in and day out (thigh), Monte Morris: out (thigh).
Missiles: Avery Bradley: out (illness), DJ Augustin: out (ankle), Dante Exum: out (calf), Kevin Porter Jr .: out (health and safety protocols), David Nwaba: out (wrist), Sterling Brown: out (knee), Eric Gordon: out (groin).