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(0-1) Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks (0-1)
Date: Friday October 28
Time: 8:30PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Mavs -2
NBA Betting Total: 220.5
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Both Dallas and Houston opened their collective campaigns with hard-luck setbacks Wednesday night.
The visiting Houston Rockets misfired from deep in a 114-120 loss to Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Dallas was sunk in overtime by a determined Pacers squad.
Each offensively inclined unit will seek retribution by gaining a season-opening win in this notable intrastate rivalry.
Over the summer, Rockets GM Daryl Morey brought in “14 seconds or less” guru Mike D’Antoni to orchestrate a high-octane offense featuring James Harden.
The innovative General Manager also acquired deep-threats Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon to compliment his 27-year-old All-NBA performer.
These new signees have replaced veterans Dwight Howard, Jason Terry, and Josh Smith.
In D’Antoni’s freewheeling system, Harden has been afforded free reign as primary ball handler. Opposite Los Angeles, this positional switch seemed to maximize “The Beard’s” considerable talents.
The four-time All Star amassed 17 assists and 34 points on 19 shots.
Individual successes aside, Houston struggled defensively and with three-point accuracy opposite an inspired Lakers squad. To avoid an 0-2 start, Houston must correct its opening night misgivings.
The Mavericks added former Golden State standouts Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut to bolster a mature starting unit this summer.
Gone from Dallas are Chandler Parsons, Zaza Pachulia, David Lee, Raymond Felton, and Charlie Villanueva.
Even with strong performances from Derron Williams, Dirk Nowitzki and Harrison Barnes, Dallas’ bench exhibited little firepower in a hotly contested overtime defeat to Indiana.
The Mavericks’ glaring lack of depth was a primary factor in this loss.
Dallas will need substantial reserve contributions to stave off an ineluctable perimeter onslaught from Houston.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Mavericks are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss
- The Rockets are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 contests vs. Dallas
Free Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Prediction:
Western Conference rivals Houston and Dallas are evenly matched in several key areas. However, the Rockets’ primary competitive leverages are depth and youth.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Houston -7
Dallas will put forth a yeoman’s effort on both ends, but Houston will be just a bit fresher when it counts.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Dallas 105 – Houston 115
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