Mavericks play host to the Rockets
The Houston Rockets have already won and covered against the Dallas Mavericks once this season as the Texas-based teams hit the hardwood together again in Dallas on Wednesday night.
The Rockets topped the Mavericks 113-105 as a 6.5-point home favorite on the NBA betting lines in the first meeting of the season between the teams back on November 1. The Mavericks, though, are 8-2 both SU and ATS in their past 10 matchups.
The Rockets will look to vanquish their hosts on Wednesday, as they are 6-5-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Mavericks are 7-4 ATS. Houston is 7-5 against the total, while Dallas is 7-4 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Mavericks at No. 14 and the Rockets at No. 11 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 102-100 result in favor of the Rockets.
Last time out for Houston, they were a 109-85 winner as they battled the Celtics at home. The Rockets covered in the match as a 10.5-point favorite, while 194 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Boston was run off the court by the Rockets on Tuesday as Houston blasted the Celtics 109-85 at Toyota Center.
The Mavericks were a 97-94 winner in their most recent outing at home against the 76ers. They failed to cover the 11.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (191) made winners of UNDER bettors. Dallas got 24 points and 10 assists from Monta Ellis en route to a 97-94 victory over Philadelphia on Monday at American Airlines Center.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Rockets rank No. 1 in the league with 47.58 per game. That compares with Dallas’s No. 18 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Dallas is the NBA’s No. 5-ranked team at 9.64 per game, while the Rockets rate No. 7 with 8.75 per contest.
Houston home to Minnesota, Saturday, November 23rd
Dallas home to Utah, Friday, November 22nd