The Denver Nuggets look to start a new winning streak when they visit the Miami Heat on Tuesday. Denver had a five-game victory stretch halted Monday when they were outclassed 125-113 by the torrid Houston Rockets.
The Nuggets allowed 22 3-pointers and made just seven of their own during a loss to a Houston squad that won for 12th time in the past 14 games. Standout center Nikola Jokic recorded 24 points and 13 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double and he is averaging 27 points and 13 rebounds during the stretch. Miami had been playing well with eight wins in 10 games before being pounded 106-82 by the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday. The Heat will try to rebound in the opener of a three-game homestand that includes games against the Boston Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, Altitude2 (Denver), FS Sun (Miami) LINE: Heat -1.5
ABOUT THE NUGGETS (26-12): Shooting guard Gary Harris was limited to 27 minutes after tweaking his hamstring during Monday's loss and he insisted after the contest that he would play against the Heat. Coach Michael Malone didn't sound as sure and told reporters there was "definitely a little bit of concern in terms of his hamstring" and that was why Harris didn't return to the game. Harris had 14 points in just his fourth contest after missing 11 straight games with a hip injury.
ABOUT THE HEAT (19-19): Miami shot just 35.6 percent from the field, including a putrid 5-of-34 from 3-point range, in the embarrassing showing against Atlanta. "If you don't bring your best effort, your best game, best focus, you can pay the price and get beat at any time," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters. "It was urgency and attention to detail that we lacked." Despite the large margin of defeat, Spoelstra didn't use Dion Waiters, prompting the shooting guard to say, "At the end of the day, that's the coach. He controls all that. That's out of my control. The only thing I can do is be ready."
1. The Heat have won five of the past seven meetings.
2. Miami C Hassan Whiteside had just four rebounds (and two points) against the Hawks after averaging 14.3 boards over his previous three games.
3. Denver PF Paul Millsap had just six points on 2-of-6 shooting against Houston after averaging 14.7 points over the previous three games.
PREDICTION: Heat 106, Nuggets 104 Bet Now
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