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Rockets at Mavericks - 12/4/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets (8-11) at Dallas Mavericks (11-8)

NBA Basketball: Friday, December 4, 2015 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)

The Line: Dallas Mavericks -6 -- Over/Under: 208.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSW

The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks square off Friday night at the American Airlines Center.

The Houston Rockets could use a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 102.2 points on 42.1 percent shooting and allowing 107.6 points on 46.8 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 29.5 points and 6.6 assists while Trevor Ariza is averaging 11.7 points and 5.6 rebounds. Ty Lawson is dishing 4.5 assists and Clint Capela is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 30.9 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. The Rockets have allowed 100 or more points in 18 of their 19 games this season. The Houston Rockets have split their last 10 regular season road games. Dwight Howard is out due to rest.

Rockets at Mavericks - 12/4/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Dallas Mavericks also look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 100.8 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 100.5 points on 43 percent shooting. Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 17.5 points and 7.1 rebounds while Deron Williams is averaging 14.8 points and 5.8 assists. Zaza Pachulia is grabbing 10.2 rebounds and Devin Harris is dishing 2.1 assists. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 31.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.6 percent from the free throw line. The Mavs are shooting 28.4 percent from deep in their last five games but have won five of their last six when topping 100 points. The Dallas Mavericks have won five straight home games. Jose Barea is out with an ankle injury.

The Rockets are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Mavericks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Rockets are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Dallas and 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall. 

The Rockets are probably more talented than the Mavs, but it's impossible to back Houston with the way its played this season. Not to mention the Mavs have been solid at home and the Rockets don't have Dwight. I'll eat the reasonable chalk here as more of a fade from the Rockets. 

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Dallas Mavericks -6

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