Dallas Mavericks (0-2) at Houston Rockets (2-0)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -11 -- Over/Under: 214.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets meet Saturday in NBA action at the Toyota Center.
The Dallas Mavericks are still looking for their first win of the season when they take to the road for the first time. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 99.5 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 105 points on 47 percent shooting. Harrison Barnes is averaging 19 points and 5.5 rebounds while Dennis Smith Jr. is averaging 16 points and 10 assists. Nerlens Noel is the third double-digit scorer and Yogi Ferrell is dishing two assists. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 46.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.5 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks have lost eight of their last 12 road games.
The Houston Rockets look for a quick 3-0 start to the season when they make their home debut. The Houston Rockets are averaging 113.5 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 110.5 points on 50.6 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 27 points and 9.5 assists while Eric Gordon is averaging 24.5 points and two assists. Clint Capela is the third double-digit scorer and PJ Tucker is grabbing four rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 45.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.5 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won seven of their last nine home games.
The Mavericks are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Rockets are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games, 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 2 days rest and 7-15 ATS in their last 22 games overall. The Mavericks are 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Houston, 5-13 ATS in the last 18 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
I thought the Mavs had a decent little team that could surprise people, and while I don't want to jump off the bandwagon this early, they did lose to the rebuilding Hawks and Kings at home. Now, Dallas is on the end of a back to back, playing a Rockets squad that has been lighting it up offensively. Based on what we've seen from the Mavericks in two games, I'm not sure what they're going to do. This is a lot of points to give up, but I see no reason to take the Mavs.