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Dallas Mavericks vs. Houston Rockets - 10/28/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets (0-1) at Dallas Mavericks (0-1)

NBA Basketball: Friday, October 28, 2016 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)

The Line: Dallas Mavericks -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: RTSW/FSSW

The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks clash in an NBA rivalry Friday night at the American Airlines Center.

The Houston Rockets need a bounce back showing after losing to the Los Angeles Lakers opening night. The Houston Rockets are averaging 114 points on 51.2 percent shooting and allowing 120 points on 50.6 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 34 points and 17 assists while Eric Gordon is averaging 19 points and five rebounds. Clint Capela is the third double-digit scorer and Ryan Anderson is grabbing six rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 24.1 percent from beyond the arc and 70.4 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets hope to avoid back-to-back 0-2 starts. Montrezl Harrell is questionable due to personal reasons.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Houston Rockets - 10/28/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Dallas Mavericks would also love a victory after losing an overtime matchup to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 121 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 130 points on 50.5 percent shooting. Deron Williams is averaging 25 points and seven assists while Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 22 points and eight rebounds. J.J. Barea is the third double-digit scorer and Harrison Barnes is grabbing nine rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 52.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 49 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks haven’t started 0-2 since the 2011-12 NBA season.

The Rockets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Friday games. The Mavericks are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. The Rockets are 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings and the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

I don't like the Mavericks against younger teams and teams that look to push the tempo. The Mavs are old and slow, and I'm not sure they have the offensive firepower overall to hang with the Rockets. Houston has its struggles defensively but will continue to get buckets. Dallas is inconsistent offensively. I'll take the Houston Rockets and the free field goal here. 

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Houston Rockets +2

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