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(0-1) Dallas Mavericks vs. Houston Rockets (2-0)
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Houston -11
NBA Betting Total: 214.5
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The Houston Rockets have started their season finding success in two straight games, including an opening-night victory over the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
Unfortunately for them, they’re going to go up against the Dallas Mavericks without one of their future Hall of Fame point guards.
The Mavs are going to be an interesting team this season. At times, they’re going to look young and energetic, almost resembling a fringe playoff squad. At other times, they’re going to be a bad combination of sloppy and aging, which should ultimately be what keeps them in the lottery.
Against Houston, the Mavs need to do what few teams have been able to against the Rockets. They need to force them into the mid-range.
Houston loves to shoot threes and attack the rim—nothing in between. If you force them into that shot—a shot Mike D’Antoni recognizes is the lowest-percentage shot in basketball—you’re going to find success.
The catch, of course, is that Houston plays at such a blinding speed that they’ve often picked and shot their shots before opposing defenses can even get set.
Sometimes when you’re playing a team that place at a fast pace, the goal is to force them to slow it down.
Although the Mavs would be smart to do just that, they may be better off looking to get out in transition and simply outscore Clutch City in a shootout.
The Rockets have talent all over their roster. They also have last year’s MVP runner-up in James Harden.
They’re not going to simply drop out of the playoff race because Chris Paul is out.
But if we’re being realistic, losing Paul is going to be problematic.
It was announced on Friday that Houston could be without Paul for up to a month because of a knee injury. Luckily for them, they don’t have a terribly difficult schedule beyond their opening-night matchup with the Golden Stat Warriors.
As far as this game is concerned, the Rockets should be fine. They will still have no trouble scoring, but defending a young, athletic point guard in Dennis Smith, Jr. could be difficult.
NBA Betting Trends:
- DAL are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Sat. games.
- HOU are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games.
- Under is 7-3 in HOU last 10 home games.
- HOU are 7-15 ATS in their last 22 games overall.
Free Dallas Mavericks vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
The Rockets should win this game, even with Paul out. They’re just that much better than the Mavs.
The question now becomes: Can they cover?
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Although defense could prove to be a problem at times for Houston, it’s going to score a ton of points. James Harden simply isn’t going to let the offense slow down despite the roster being down an All-Star point guard.
We can’t say the same about the Mavs, who likely don’t even have an All-Star on their roster.
This one has potential to get out of hand early, and if it does, the Mavs won’t have the firepower to get back in it late.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Houston Rockets 120 – Dallas Mavericks 106
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