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Rockets host Mavericks in basketball action

Dallas MavericksHouston Rockets
March 24, 8:00 PM | Toyota Center

Dallas Mavericks vs Houston Rockets Odds

27-22TEAM RECORD26-22

Dallas travels to Houston on Saturday, hoping to boost its 27-22 mark with a victory over the Rockets.

The Rockets sport records of 26-22 and 25-22-1 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Mavericks sit at 27-22 and 24-25 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 21-27 for the Rockets and 23-26 for the Mavericks.

View Dallas vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Rockets in this one, they're listed as 1.5-point favorites on the betting line for the contest. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 195 for Monday.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Rockets, currently No. 18 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Mavericks, who rate No. 8 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 98-97 victory for the Mavericks.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Houston's No. 8-ranked offense (98.1 PPG) against a Mavericks defense that ranks No. 8 at 93.2 PPG. The Rockets have averaged 45.4% from the field per game, more than the Mavericks have managed so far this season (43.8% on average).

Defensively, the Mavericks feature the league's No. 6-rated defense on the road, allowing 94.3 points per game. Houston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 9 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Dallas, they were a 104-87 loser as they battled the Spurs on the road. The Mavericks failed to cover in the match as a 4-point underdog, while 191 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Mavericks endured a 104-87 loss at the hands of the Spurs on Friday, despite an 18 -point effort from Jason Terry at AT&T Center.

Houston won its last outing, a 109-83 result against the Warriors on March 22. The Rockets covered in that game as a 7.5-point favorite, while the 192 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Houston cruised to victory on Thursday, running Golden State out of the gym and running up a 109-83 score at Toyota Center.

Dallas Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Houston are 8-2
After playing San Antonio are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Sacramento are 7-3
After playing Golden State are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

A few Mavericks at Rockets trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Dallas's last 8 games
Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
Dallas is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas's last 7 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games at home
Houston is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Houston's last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games when playing at home against Dallas

Next up:
Dallas home to Houston, Tuesday, March 27
Houston home to Sacramento, Monday, March 26