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NBA Game Preview - Rockets underdogs vs Mavericks at Dallas

Houston RocketsDallas Mavericks
April 18, 8:30 PM | American Airlines Center

Houston Rockets vs Dallas Mavericks Odds

32-29TEAM RECORD34-28

The Mavericks will try to pay off for their supporters on Wednesday when they play host to the Rockets at American Airlines Center in NBA wagering action.

The Rockets will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 31-29-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Mavericks are 31-31 ATS. Houston is 27-33-1 on the totals; Dallas is 31-31.

View Houston vs Dallas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks have set the Mavericks as 6-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed at 192, but may be on the move.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 9-rated Mavericks and the No. 18-rated Rockets in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 98-97 win for the Mavericks on Wednesday.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Dallas's No. 11-rated squad against Houston's No. 16-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Dallas rates No. 6 in the league with 7.6 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 12 with 7 per outing.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Rockets own the league's No. 22-rated mark, allowing 99.9 points per game when on the road. Dallas, on the other hand, rates No. 18 in home scoring.

In their last action, Houston was a 105-102 loser at home against the Nuggets. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (207) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Rockets endured a 105-102 loss at the hands of the Nuggets on Monday, despite a 21-point effort from Goran Dragic at Toyota Center.

In their last action, Dallas was a 123-121 loser on the road against the Jazz. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (244) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Dallas got 40 points from Dirk Nowitzki en route to a 123-121 loss at the hands of Dallas on Monday at EnergySolutions Arena.

Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing New Orleans are 5-5
After playing Denver are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

Dallas Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Golden State are 3-7
After playing Utah are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

A few Rockets at Mavericks trends to consider:
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 9 games when playing on the road against Dallas
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games
Dallas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
Dallas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games
Dallas is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home

Next up:
Houston at New Orleans, Thursday, April 19
Dallas home to Golden State, Friday, April 20