Dallas Mavericks (2-4) at Houston Rockets (2-2)
NBA Basketball: Monday, January 4, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets +1.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Dallas Mavericks invade the Toyota Center to take on the Houston Rockets on Monday night.
The Dallas Mavericks have yet to really find their footing this season as they’ve lost four of their last six games and they will be hoping to bounce back after last night’s 118-108 road loss to the Bulls. Jalen Brunson led the team with 31 points and seven assists on 11 of 17 shooting, Josh Richardson and Max Kleber each scored 16 points while Tim Hardaway Jr chipped in with 13 points on four of 15 shooting. As a team, the Mavericks shot 44 percent from the field and 11 of 42 from the 3-point line as they fought hard to lead at halftime, only to get outscored in the second half by 59-48 as they just couldn’t contain the Bulls’ Zach LaVine who torched them for 39 points. Luka Doncic sat out the game with a left quad contusion and his status for Monday is unclear.
Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets have split their first four games and they will be aiming for a third straight victory after taking down the Kings in a 102-94 home win on Saturday. John Wall led the team with 28 points and six assists, Eric Gordon added 21 points while Christian Wood chipped in with 20 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks. As a team, the Rockets shot 45 percent from the field and 13 of 41 from the 3-point line but this win was about their defense as they held the Kings to just 30 points in the second half.
Looking at the betting trends, the Mavericks are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Rockets are 2-7 ATS in their last nine games against a team with a losing record, 1-4 ATS in their last five home games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall.
Head to head, the over is 3-1-1 in the last five meetings overall, the Mavericks are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and the Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Houston.
James Harden is currently listed as questionable for Monday with an ankle injury, so the Rockets will be sweating on his availability, while the Mavericks will be hoping that Luka Doncic will return in this one. The Mavericks just haven’t looked like themselves so far and they are just 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games. With that being said, I’m sticking with the new-look Rockets to continue their good form with another win here.