Two teams sitting on opposite sides of the Western Conference table are clashing today, when the third-worse Dallas Mavericks (27-38), who have been struggling having won only once in their last 10 games, are hosting the fifth Houston Rockets (40-25), who on the other hand are looking to extend their current lengthy winning streak.
Date/Time: 03-10-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Dallas Mavericks +8.5
Dallas Mavericks have a 27-38 record (36-28-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third to last place of the West. They have lost nine of their last ten matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Magic with a 106-111 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Luka Doncic with 21.1 ppg, adding 7.3 boards and 5.6 dimes per game. He is followed by Tim Hardaway Jr. with 15.5 ppg and 3.5 boards per game.
Houston Rockets have a 40-25 record (30-33-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 5th place of the West. They have seven consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Sixers with a 107-91 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by James Harden with 36.6 ppg, adding 6.5 boards and 7.5 dimes per game. He is followed by Clint Capela with 16.7 ppg and a team high 12.5 boards per game.
In their three previous meetings earlier this season the Mavericks lead the Rockets 2-1 wins, having won the previous home game by 3 points. Mavericks have a 21-11 home record, while the Rockets are 17-16 on the road. Rockets are better offensively, scoring 113.2 ppg to Mavs’ 108.1, while Mavericks are better defensively, allowing 109.8 ppg to Rockets’ 110.5 ppg. They have almost identical percentages in field goals (44.8% to 44.6%), while Rockets have a better 3-point percentage (34.9% to 34.1%). Mavericks are better in dimes made (22.7 to 21) and in boards grabbed (45 to 41.5), while Rockets are better in turnovers committed (13 to 14.4). Vegas odds give the Rockets a -8.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds coming hot in this game.
Houston Rockets vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction: Houston Rockets -8.5 (-110)
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