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2021 NBA Handicapping
(1-2) Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks (1-1)
Date: Tuesday, October 26th
Time: 8:30 PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Rockets +540 | Mavericks -633 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Mavericks -11
NBA Betting Total: 220.5
Tuesday, October 26th finds Southwest Division rivals the Houston Rockets facing the Dallas Mavericks for the first time this season.
Last season, the squads played three times with the Rockets winning two of the three contests. The Rockets hold the all-time record having bested the Mavericks in 100 of their 185 matches.
While the Rockets have a single win it came versus another lottery team – the Oklahoma City Thunder. Their next seven games are all against elite teams with six on the road.
Specifically, after this game, they’ll host the Jazz, then play six on the road versus the Lakers (twice), Nuggets, and Warriors. It’s feasible Houston could be 1-9 before they play another lower seed (Pistons).
They aren’t likely to be among the teams vying for a play-in tournament seed so head coach Stephen Silas needs to spend this year developing his young core and deciphering where the specific gaps are in the roster.
Christian Wood continues to ascend averaging a double-double of 22.3 points and 10.7 rebounds while rookie Jalen Green has struggled but broke out for 30 points against the Celtics.
Unlike some of the lower seeds, the Rockets have some veterans who can contribute that could be on the trade block come the deadline like Eric Gordon.
Unfortunately, the John Wall situation isn’t as clear since he’s set to earn $44.3M this season and $47.3M (with a player option) next season. It’s unreasonable to assume any player would opt out of that type of generational wealth.
The teams who have a top-five talent on the roster are inevitably the most likely to be title contenders because it makes the process to build a contender that much easier. When Kawhi Leonard got traded to the Raptors it proved that point as they went on to win the championship.
Luka Doncic is that type of player but the Mavericks still have to figure out the pieces around him and most importantly find him a secondary partner like Khris Middleton is to Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The Mavericks hoped Kristaps Porzingis would be that player but as each year passes he’s failed to seize that role and while it’s still early in the season watching their two matches it sure doesn’t look like Jason Kidd has figured out how to make this duo shine.
In fairness, we should give Kidd at least 20 games but from watching Porzingis labor to move laterally and his inability to stop bigs or guards in those matches I’m not overly optimistic.
What was clear is Doncic is an extremely talented player who can singlehandedly cause opponent’s nightmares to stop because he can completely take over a match, like he did versus the Raptors in the second half.
Through two games Doncic is averaging a near triple-double of 22.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 9.5 assists.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Rockets are 6-4 in the last 10 head to head
- The Mavericks are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 meetings
- Over Under is 5-4-1 in the teams last 10 head to head matchups
- The Rockets are 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games.
- The Mavericks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games.
- The total has gone under in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games.
- The total has gone under in 5 of Dallas’ last 6 games.
Free Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Prediction:
It will be intriguing to see how this match plays out because the Rockets will try to play fast while Doncic will slow things to a crawl to run pick and roll and score at ease.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Mavericks
The Mavericks are due for a big scoring output having posted 87 and 103 points thus far — this should be their opportunity.
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