Dallas Mavericks at Houston Rockets
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 7:30 PM (Toyota Center)
The Dallas Mavericks go to Houston, Texas, to take on the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center on Friday. The Dallas Mavericks are coming off of a huge crushing loss to the Phoenix Suns, and have only won two of their last five games. However, the Mavericks have still won six of their last ten games.
The Dallas Mavericks are 29 - 18 on the season but play better on the road than they do at home, with a road record of 16-6. The Mavericks have an amazingly balanced team, being in the top 15 in assists per game, rebounds per game, points per game, and points allowed per game with their offense being the best of them all, being third in the NBA in points per game. The Mavericks are maybe even better with their acquisition of Center Willie Cauley-Stein, once he gets chemistry and more minutes with the team.
The Houston Rockets are coming off of a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, but have still won three of their last five games. However, the Rockets have not done well in their previous ten games, only winning four of their last ten games.
The Houston Rockets are 29-18 on the season and a home record of 15-7. The Houston Rockets are a terrific offensive team, averaging the second-most points per game with 118.5, but they are 24th in points allowed this season and need to improve their defense fast.
Dallas is 24-20-3 ATS this season
Over is 28-19 for the Mavericks this season
Houston is 22-25 ATS this season
Over is 21-26 for the Rockets this season
This is not only an important matchup due to a rivalry and an in-state competition between each other, but the Houston Rockets sit at the sixth seed in the Western Conference, and the Dallas Mavericks sit at the fifth seed in the Western Conference. This game will have a ton of implications for the playoffs, and it will be a fun matchup of Luka Doncic vs. James Harden, two of the, if not the two best shooters in the entire NBA. However, I think that the Dallas Mavericks are the slightly better team, and the record shows. I think this game will be incredibly close, but the Dallas Mavericks steal a win away from home in this one. Final Score Prediction, Dallas Mavericks win 118 - 114.