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NBA odds preview - Mavericks vs. Rockets

Dallas MavericksHouston Rockets
Dec 8, 8:00 PM | Toyota Center

Dallas Mavericks vs Houston Rockets Odds

9-10TEAM RECORD9-9

The Rockets will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Mavericks tip off at Toyota Center on Saturday in NBA play.

The Rockets bring a 9-9 record (9-8-1 ATS) to the battle against the 9-10 Mavericks, who are 8-11 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Houston go 10-8 so far and the Mavericks go 10-9. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Rockets - Mavericks odds would favor the Rockets if the lines were set according to power ranks. Houston is rated No. 10 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Mavericks sit at No. 23. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 101-99 win for the Rockets.

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How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Houston's No. 6-rated squad against Dallas's No. 19-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Houston rates No. 2 in the league with 9.3 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 9 with 7.8 per outing.

Defensively, the Mavericks feature the league's No. 20-rated defense on the road, giving up 101.4 points per game. Houston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 3 in the league in scoring at home.

Dallas won its last outing, a 97-94 result against the Suns on December 6. The Mavericks covered in that game as a 4-point underdog, while the 191 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Dallas earned a 97-94 victory over Phoenix on Thursday, getting 23 points from O.J. Mayo at US Airways Center.

In their last action, Houston was a 114-92 loser on the road against the Spurs. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (206) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Rockets were blown out by San Antonio on Friday, losing by a 114-92 final at AT&T Center in basketball betting action.

Dallas Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Sacramento are 7-3
After playing Phoenix are 5-5
After a win are 3-7

Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing San Antonio are 4-6
After playing San Antonio are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4

A few Mavericks at Rockets trends to consider:
Dallas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Dallas's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas's last 6 games
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Houston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games

Next up:
Dallas home to Sacramento, Monday, December 10
Houston home to San Antonio, Monday, December 10