Dallas (2-4) at Houston (2-4)
The Rockets have taken 12 out of the last 15 and 18 out of the last 24 meetings against the Mavericks. They have also won seven of the last nine and 11 out of the last 15 games at the Toyota Center. Rockets head coach Stephen Silas spent the last two seasons as the lead assistant for the Dallas Mavericks.
Vs. The Spread
The Mavericks are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against Houston while the total has gone UNDER in five of the last seven Mavericks games. Both teams are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games coming into tonight. The total has ran UNDER in six of the Rockets’ last seven games at home.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Mavericks||+4 (-108)||+157||O 230.5 (-110)|
|Rockets||-4 (-112)||-177||U 230.5 (-110)|
Last Time Out
Dallas is on the back end of a back-to-back after a 118-108 loss in Chicago last night. Luka Doncic was held out of the game with a left quad contusion and is questionable to play this evening in Houston. Jalen Brunson stepped up with 31 points in the absence of Doncic. The Mavericks pulled to within two points with 3 1/2 minutes remaining before the Bulls pushed it out to eight some two minutes later.
John Wall scored 28 points to lead the Rockets to a 102-94 win over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday evening. James Harden sat out with a sprained right ankle. The Rockets went on a quick 9-0 run to start the fourth quarter and balloon their lead to 92-81 with 8 1/2 minutes remaining. Aaron Gordon had 21 and Christian Wood had 20 as the Rockets held Sacramento to 38.9 percent from the floor.
Dallas is looking to accentuate a more consistent effort on defense as they held the Heat to 37.7 percent in a 93-83 win on New Year’s Day but that ballooned back to 45.3 percent in the loss to the Bulls. Tim Hardaway Jr., and Josh Richardson have played well along side of Luke Doncic, who is looking to get more shots falling upon his return. The Mavericks were 8-5 on the first game of back-to-backs and 7-6 on the second game of a back-to-back last season. The Mavs have not won a season series vs. the Rockets since winning the series, 3-1, in 2012-13
Houston looks to get James Harden back in the lineup as he had scored 111 points over his first three games while shooting 52.3 percent. He still continues to be underrated as a passer as he is already averaging 11 assists per game. Defensively, the Rockets can take advantage of the Mavericks’ struggles in handling the basketball as Dallas averages 16.3 turnovers per game while Houston is averaging 9.3 steals per contest. As Christian Wood is off to a hot start for the Rockets, he was eighth in balloting for the NBA’s Most Improved Player last season as he averaged 13 points and 6 boards per game. So far this season, Wood is at 23.8 points and 10.8 rebounds.
Winner: Rockets (-4) 113, Mavericks 106
Over-Under: Take UNDER 230.5