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Rockets Face Short-handed Mavs on 3-game Slide

Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Friday when the Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets meet at Toyota Center.

(Photo by Getty Images) Fred VanVleet

Dallas at Houston

When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, December 22, 2023
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Where to watch: NBALP

Game Odds, Spread, Moneyline & Total

Dallas Mavericks @ Houston Rockets
Moneyline

Dallas Mavericks   +275
Houston Rockets   -350

Dallas Mavericks @ Houston Rockets
Point Spread

Dallas Mavericks   9.0 (-110)
Houston Rockets   -9.0 (-110)

Dallas Mavericks @ Houston Rockets
Total

Over   224.5 (-110)
Under   224.5 (-110)

Team Record & Betting Stats

Name Record ATS Offense Defense
Dallas 16-11 14-13 118.96 117.70
Houston 13-12 15-8-2 111.36 108.36
Name ATS Home ATS Away OU Record
Dallas 5-8 9-5 18-9
Houston 10-2-1 5-6-1 10-15

Dallas Mavericks Last 5 Games

Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result
LAC 111-120 L 1.5 237.5 L/U
DEN 104-130 L 8.5 239.5 L/U
POR 131-120 W -4.5 232.5 W/O
MIN 101-119 L 2 231 L/U
LAL 127-125 W 3 235.5 W/O

Houston Rockets Last 5 Games

Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result
ATL 127-134 L -2.5 234 L/O
CLE 130-135 L 4 215 L/O
MIL 119-128 L 7 231.5 L/O
MEM 103-96 W -2.5 212.5 W/U
MEM 117-104 W -9.5 210.5 W/O

Game Preview

Mired in their fourth three-game skid this season, the Houston Rockets have suddenly lost the same defensive identity that yielded their unexpectedly positive start to this campaign.

The Rockets had their 11-game homecourt winning streak snapped on Wednesday with a 134-127 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Houston, which will host the Dallas Mavericks on Friday, allowed the Hawks to shoot 51.6 percent from the floor and make 17 3-pointers, including 13 of 26 from behind the arc in the first half.

During the skid, the Rockets — who still ranked sixth in the NBA in defensive rating at 110.4 entering Thursday — are allowing 131.1 points per 100 possessions. Only the Charlotte Hornets have been worse defensively during that stretch, making the Rockets’ objective against Dallas crystal clear.

by FLM

Betting Odds Trends

Dallas Mavericks
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Dallas’s last 9 games
Dallas is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Dallas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Dallas’s last 16 games on the road
Dallas is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas’s last 7 games when playing Houston
Dallas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Houston
Houston Rockets
Houston is 15-5-2 ATS in its last 22 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games
Houston is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Houston is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston’s last 9 games at home
Houston is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing Dallas
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston’s last 7 games when playing Dallas
Houston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Dallas
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston’s last 6 games when playing at home against Dallas

Dallas Mavericks Injuries

Player Status/Updated
Seth Curry Ques Fri – Back – 12/21/23
Luka Doncic Out Fri – Quadricep – 12/21/23
Dante Exum Out Fri – Leg – 12/21/23
Dereck Lively II Out Fri – Ankle – 12/21/23
Kyrie Irving Out indefinitely – Heel – 12/12/23
Josh Green Early Jan – Elbow – 12/20/23
Maxi Kleber Early Jan – Toe – 12/20/23

Houston Rockets Injuries

Player Status/Updated
Tari Eason Ques Fri – Leg – 12/20/23
Victor Oladipo Out indefinitely – Knee – 11/4/23

NBA Parlay Picks & Free Predictions

Final Score: Houston 114-107
Expert Pick: Dallas +9 & Under 224½
A $100 Parlay Bet will return $364 in total Payout

NBA Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook

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