Houston Rockets at Dallas Mavericks - 7/31/20 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Houston Rockets (40-24) at Dallas Mavericks (40-27)
NBA Basketball: Friday, July 31, 2020 at 9:00 pm (ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks -1 -- Over/Under: 229.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks meet Friday in NBA action at The Arena.
The Houston Rockets entered the NBA break losing four of their last five games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 118.1 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 114.4 points on 46.1 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 34.4 points and 7.4 assists while Russell Westbrook is averaging 27.5 points and seven assists. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Robert Covington is grabbing 7.9 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.7 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game.
The Dallas Mavericks entered the NBA break after splitting their last eight games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 116.4 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 110.3 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Luka Doncic is averaging 28.7 points and 8.7 assists while Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 19.2 points and 9.5 rebounds. Tim Hardaway Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Seth Curry is dishing two assists. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47 rebounds per game.
The Rockets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Friday games, 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games as an underdog and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Mavericks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Friday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite. The under is 5-2 in Mavericks last 7 overall. The Rockets are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The Houston Rockets have won seven of their last 10 meetings against the Dallas Mavericks and lit them up for 128 points in the last meeting back in late January. The Rockets are a dangerous team with a rested Westbrook and Harden, and they're small ball lineup that shoots a million threes is made for this Summer League type atmosphere. The Dallas Mavericks aren't the most trustworthy defensive team in the league and will have their hands full covering all these shooters. The wrong team is favored here. Give me the Rockets.