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Dallas has started the season 2–3 straight up and against the spread without Kristaps Porzingis available until, perhaps, later this month.
In the meantime, Luka Doncic has predictably picked up the slack. He’s averaging nearly 25 points with a combined 14 rebounds and assists per game.
But Doncic is listed as questionable against the Bulls on Sunday, which of course leaves his status for this game up in the air too.
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Josh Richardson and Tim Hardaway Jr. will provide the scoring at the secondary level with Doncic on the floor and may be overmatched if left to do it on their own.
Then again, if Dallas defends like it did in its most recent victory, 93–83, against the Heat on Friday, it won’t need to score much.
One thing the Mavs have so far been excellent at is winning the turnover battle. They are both top five in the NBA in fewest turnovers committed and most turnovers forced.
Against a team like Houston, that can be prone to turn the ball over, it could be a winning solution.
But the Rockets are on a two-game winning streak after starting the season 0–2.
John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and James Harden are all back, though Harden sat out the last victory over Sacramento to rest a sprained ankle.
He ought to be back to play this game, though there is no official word yet on his status for Monday.
Wall, Eric Gordon and Christian Wood combined to score 69 points Saturday against the Kings.
Wood is someone worth mentioning. He’s started all four games this season and played nearly 37 minutes per game in doing so. He is averaging almost 24 points per game, over 10 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal.
Standing 6’10” with a thin frame, Wood went undrafted in 2015 following two seasons under the radar at UNLV. He bounced around from Philly to Charlotte to Milwaukee before getting the chance to play substantial minutes in the final eight games of the season for New Orleans two years ago.
He put up some numbers there and played his first full season last year with the Pistons, averaging over 13 points and six rebounds per game.
That got him a three-year, $41 million contract and suddenly the Rockets have their replacement for Clint Capela.
If Wood develops chemistry up front with Boogie Cousins and the Rockets can keep Harden, Wall and Gordon healthy and happy, they may just have something when most doubted they would.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 10-3 in DAL last 13 Mon. games.
- DAL are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games.
- Under is 9-4 in DAL last 13 road games.
- HOU are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- HOU are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 vs. NBA Southwest.
- Head to Head: Road team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
Free Dallas Mavericks vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction: wait for Doncic.
Few players in the league mean more to their team than Doncic. So wait to see if he plays on Sunday and if he will play in this one.
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