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Houston plays Denver, aims to break road slide

March 3, 2022 GMT

Houston Rockets (15-47, 15th in the Western Conference) vs. Denver Nuggets (36-26, sixth in the Western Conference)

Denver; Friday, 9 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Houston will look to end its seven-game road losing streak when the Rockets face Denver.

The Nuggets are 21-18 against Western Conference opponents. Denver ranks seventh in the Western Conference with 12.5 fast break points per game led by Michael Porter Jr. averaging 2.3.

The Rockets are 7-31 in conference play. Houston is 5-35 in games decided by at least 10 points.

The teams meet for the third time this season. The Nuggets won 124-111 in the last meeting on Jan. 2. Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 24 points, and Jalen Green led the Rockets with 29 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Will Barton averages 2.2 made 3-pointers per game for the Nuggets, scoring 15.0 points while shooting 35.7% from beyond the arc. Jokic is averaging 25.4 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists over the last 10 games for Denver.

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Christian Wood is averaging 17.7 points and 10.1 rebounds for the Rockets. Green is averaging 17.9 points over the last 10 games for Houston.

LAST 10 GAMES: Nuggets: 8-2, averaging 118.0 points, 49.5 rebounds, 28.3 assists, 7.3 steals and 2.8 blocks per game while shooting 48.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.4 points per game.

Rockets: 0-10, averaging 109.3 points, 39.6 rebounds, 24.3 assists, 7.5 steals and 3.8 blocks per game while shooting 44.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 123.3 points.

INJURIES: Nuggets: Zeke Nnaji: out (knee), Austin Rivers: day to day (illness), Vlatko Cancar: out (foot), Michael Porter Jr.: out (back), Jamal Murray: out (knee).

Rockets: Usman Garuba: out (wrist), Eric Gordon: out (groin), Dennis Schroder: out (ankle).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.