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22-9 (12-6 V) Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks 9-21 (6-8 H)
Date: Tuesday December 27
Time: 8:30PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Arena, Dallas, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Dallas +6
NBA Betting Total: 208.5
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Tuesday night NBA sees two Texas rivals facing off — one who has exceeded expectations all year and one who has surprisingly looked like the worst team in the NBA.
*All statistics, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at 8:00 p.m. ET on Monday, Dec. 26,
The Houston Rockets continue rolling as one of the NBA’s biggest surprises this season. They’re still a step behind the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers (who isn’t?), but they nearly took down the second-tier San Antonio Spurs this past week if it weren’t for a botched fourth-quarter lead.
So far on the year, Houston is averaging 112.9 points per game. That number is good enough for second in the league, behind on the (you guessed it..) Warriors.
Defensively, this team is 19th in the NBA. It’s giving up 106.1 points per contest.
Led by James Harden, who is scoring a team-high 27.4 points per night, this group is dangerous every time it touches an NBA floor.
The problem is that it’s without big man Clint Capela.
Look for players like Nene, Montrezl Harrell and Ryan Anderson to step up against a porous Dallas defense in Capela’s absence.
The Dallas Mavericks are kind of, sort of, maybe, almost respectable again.
Here us out.
Dirk Nowitzki is back. That is good news. And this team, that has been statistically among the worst in the NBA all year, has played .500 basketball over the last 10 outings.
Ten outings is a small sample size, but just a third of the year through the year, it’s actually more significant than you might think.
There’s also the fact that Harrison Barnes has been better than advertised and is looking like a legitimate go-to option on offense — at least on a team that is still fighting to prove its relevance.
Dallas isn’t going to compete for a championship this season, but if the current trend continues, it just might make some noise in terms of playoff contention during the post-All-Star Game portion of the year.
The Mavs’ defense, which ranks fifth in the NBA in points per game allowed (99.6) is going to be crucial in this contest.
The Mavs’ offense, which ranks dead last at 94.1 points per game, is going to be its Achilles’ heel.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Rockets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Rockets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest.
- Rockets are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Mavericks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest.
- Mavericks are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Mavericks are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
Free Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Prediction:
As respectable as Dallas has become, the Rockets are still on another level — and that’s putting it nicely.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Houston ATS
Give this one to the Rockets despite being the road team, and give it to them by double digits considering how much trouble Dallas has scoring as a team — even with Nowitzki back on the court.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Houston Rockets 111 – Dallas Mavericks 99
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