The Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks are set to square off in a Southwest Division matchup at 8 p.m. ET Friday at Toyota Center. The Rockets are 17-49 overall and 10-21 at home, while Dallas is 40-26 overall and 17-14 on the road. The Mavs won the two previous meetings this season by double-digits although the teams split the games against the spread.
Dallas is favored by 10.5 points in the latest Rockets vs. Mavericks odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 225.5. Before entering any Mavericks vs. Rockets picks, you'll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Rockets vs. Mavericks spread: Rockets +10.5
- Rockets vs. Mavericks over-under: 225.5 points
What you need to know about the Rockets
It may have taken overtime to finish the job, but Houston ultimately got the result it was hoping for on Wednesday with a 139-130 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Among those leading the charge for Houston was shooting guard Jalen Green, who had 32 points. He was among seven different Rockets in double figures as the 139 points was the second-most for Houston this season.
But you can't ignore the 130 points the Rockets gave up in that game and the defensive end has been their kryptonite all season. The team ranks last in the NBA in points allowed (118.1), defensive efficiency (116.6) and FG percentage allowed (48.3 percent). Houston is 12-14 when it allows under 114 points in a game but is just 5-35 when allowing more than 114 points. Christian Wood (illness), Dennis Schroder (ankle) and Jae'Sean Tate (ankle) are all questionable for Friday.
What you need to know about the Mavericks
Meanwhile, the night started off rough for Dallas on Wednesday, and it ended that way, too. The Mavs found themselves the reluctant recipients of an unfortunate 107-77 punch to the gut against the New York Knicks. Dallas was in a tough position by the half, with the score already sitting at 61-34. Point guard Jalen Brunson had a pretty forgettable game, finishing with only eight points on 3-for-12 shooting in his 25 minutes on the court.
It was the second-fewest points Dallas has scored all season and the team dropped to 0-10 when scoring under 95 points. Dallas' strength this year is on the defensive end as the team ranks just 26th in points per game (106.7) and 22nd in 3P percentage (34.3). Brunson (thigh) and Dorian Finney-Smith (arm) are questionable for tonight's game.
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