Dallas Mavericks v. Houston Rockets Betting Preview
The Houston Rockets host the Dallas Mavericks this Friday in a clash of elite Western Conference talent.
With Luka Doncic set to miss the game with an ankle injury, and James Harden slumping in recent performances, what is the best bet to place your money on in Friday’s Western Conference matchup?
Rockets small-ball style is suited for the Over
While the Rockets have been inconsistent when it comes to winning basketball games, they have been able to maintain an impressive scoring output each game.
Houston has the second most productive offense in the entire league, averaging 118.51 points per game.
The Rockets score even more when playing at home (119.05 ppg), with this scoring production coming as a direct result of the small-ball style implemented by coach Mike D’Antoni.
This style calls for the Rockets to simply outshoot their opponents, forcing the game to be placed at a high pace with high shot volume from both squads.
This style of matchup will typically heavily favor the Over bettors, as the style tends to lead to high scoring affairs, especially when played in Houston.
Mavs aren’t afraid of run & gun style
The first meeting between these two teams this season ended with a 137-123 Mavericks win yielding 260 points.
Mavs coach Rick Carlisle will not be afraid to run with Houston, as his side has already shown the ability to outscore this Rockets side at their own game this season.
Dallas is statistically the best scoring team away from home, averaging a league-high 118.18 points in road games.
Expect another decent scoring output on Friday when they take on the Rockets in Houston.
Best Bet : Over 239.5
Despite Mavs guard Luka Doncic being scratched from Friday’s contest, there is plenty of firepower on the court to make this matchup quite high scoring.
Rockets’ guards James Harden and Russell Westbrook are both expected to have big nights in a game that Houston will be expecting to win.
Look for the perimeter shooting of the Rockets to have a huge impact in a high scoring Houston win tomorrow night, making the Over 239.5 points our best bet for Friday’s matchup between the Mavs and Rockets.