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(11-13) Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks (12-11)
Date: Saturday December 8
Time: 6:00PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX.
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -4
NBA Betting Total: 219
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I’m writing this game up early and the Rockets are just in the third quarter in their game with Utah but the Jazz is up big. Utah took a double-digit lead in the first half and has stretched it to twenty and then twenty-five in the third quarter.
Donovan Mitchell isn’t really even scoring, with just six points nearing the end of the third. Derrick Favors and Joe Ingles are the big scorers for a balanced Utah attack with eighteen apiece, with more time left in the third.
Chris Paul, James Harden, Clint Capela and Eric Gordon are scoring but it’s become more and more apparent that those four are really the only reliable players the Rockets have. PJ Tucker and James Ennis are consistent enough but they just aren’t difference-makers.
Houston missed Trevor Ariza, who played more minutes per game last season than everybody on the roster, save James Harden. That isn’t easy to simply replace, even if he didn’t put up huge numbers. Ryan Anderson and Luc Mbah a Moute also gave quality minutes that the Rockets need now.
It’s possible to find quality players off the scrap heap but it sure doesn’t feel good to have to do such a thing. That’s the challenge Daryl Morey faces now.
Dallas has been off since Wednesday and will remain that way until this game on Saturday. The Mavs have won their last eight home games and beat Houston by twenty on the road, just last week.
They did get tossed around in the Big Easy on Wednesday, though. Both Anthony Davis and Julius Randle scored twenty-seven points in the starting five. Jrue Holiday added seventeen. Cheick Diallo had a ten-point, ten-rebound double-double off the bench in just over twenty minutes.
Luke Doncic did play against the Pelicans but he played just twenty-two minutes and scored only eight points as he deals with some bumps and bruises. Given Dallas’ ascent from the third-worst team in the NBA a year ago to in the thick of the playoff chase in the West, Doncic is at the front of the Rookie of the Year chase, a third of the way into the season.
Dirk Nowitzki is on the cusp of making his season debut after offseason ankle surgery but it won’t be in this game. It sure sounds like it could be in the second or third game of Dallas’ three-game homestand that starts with this game.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 8-2 in HOU last 10 overall.
- HOU are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Under is 16-5 in HOU last 21 vs. NBA Southwest.
- DAL are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 home games.
- DAL are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
- Under is 19-9-1 in DAL last 29 Sat. games.
- Head to Head: Under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
Free Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Prediction: how can you not take Dallas?
Unless the Mavs are six, seven, eight-point favorites, which doesn’t seem likely, given how much attention the Rockets still garner, how can you not take them? They have been steadfast at home and just smoked the Rockets in Houston.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Mavs ATS
NBA Free Score Prediction: Houston 109 – Dallas 116
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