Friday, October 28, 2016
American Airlines Center
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The Houston Rockets travel to American Airlines Center to play the Dallas Mavericks on Friday, October 28, 2016. The opening line for this game has Dallas as 2 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 224.
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The Rockets had an overall record of 41-41 and a road record of 18-23 last season. They were 4th in the Southwest Division. They had a point differential of 0.2 as they averaged 106.5 points per game while giving up 106.4 per contest. Houston was 8-8 against division opponents and they had a conference record of 28-24. They were 6-4 in their last 10 games. The Mavericks had an overall record of 42-40 and a home record of 23-18 last year. They were 2nd in the Southwest Division. They averaged 102.3 points per game and surrendered 102.6, good for a point differential of -0.3. Dallas had a division record of 7-9 and a conference record of 27-25. In their last 10 games they were 7-3.
James Harden averaged 29 points per game while playing 38.1 minutes per night last season for the Rockets. He pulled down 6.1 rebounds per game and dished out 7.5 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage was 44% while his free throw percentage finished at 86%. Ryan Anderson averaged 17 points per game in 30.4 minutes per contest last season. He averaged 1.1 assists per contest and 6 rebounds per game for Houston. His field goal percentage was 43% for the year while his free throw percentage was 87%.
Dirk Nowitzki averaged 18.3 points per game while playing 31.5 minutes per contest last year for the Mavericks. He grabbed 6.5 rebounds per game and had 1.8 assists per contest for the year. His field goal percentage was 45% and his free throw percentage finished at 89%. Harrison Barnes averaged 11.7 points per game last season and he saw the court an average of 30.9 minutes per contest. He also averaged 4.9 rebounds per contest and 1.8 assists per game. His field goal percentage was 47% and his free throw percentage was 76%.
Houston averaged 105.7 points per contest last season which ranked them 4th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin was -0.9 and their shooting percentage was 45% as a team which had them ranked 16th. Behind the arc they shot 34% which was good for 22nd in the league. They averaged 53.5 rebounds per game and 22 assists per game which ranked them 7th and 18th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they ranked 27th with 16.1 per game. The Rockets allowed 106.6 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 26th in the league. They also allowed a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 20th and 21st in those defensive categories. Opponents averaged 53.8 rebounds a game which ranked 23rd and they gave up 24.8 assists per contest which put them in 30th place in the league. They forced 16.4 turnovers per game which ranked them 1st in the league.
Dallas averaged 101.8 points per game last year which ranked them 17th in the league. Their average scoring margin was -1.3 and their shooting percentage was 44% as a team which had them sitting in the 20th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shot 34% which was good for 23rd in the NBA. They averaged 50 rebounds per game and 22 assists per contest which ranked them 23rd and 17th respectively. In the turnover department the Mavericks ranked 2nd with 12.7 per game. The Mavericks allowed 103.1 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 16th in the league. They also allowed a 45% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 15th and 8th in those defensive statistics. Opponents averaged 54 rebounds a game which ranked 24th and they gave up 21.9 assists per contest which put them in 15th place in the league. The Mavericks forced 13.9 turnovers per game which ranked them 18th in the NBA.
The Rockets averaged 105.6 points per game on the road last season and they scored 90.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They had an average scoring differential of -2.8 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference was -19.7 per contest. The Rockets had an offensive rating of 108.3 and a defensive rating of 108.1 last season. In terms of pace they averaged 97.6 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage was 52%. As a team they had a true shooting percentage of 55% and they shot 3 pointers on 37% of their shots. Houston turned the ball over an average of 14.2 times per 100 possessions and they forced 14.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season was 52%.
The Mavericks scored 104.3 ppg at home and they averaged 104.7 points per contest in their last 3 games. They had an average scoring differential of -18 in their past 3 contests and at home last season they had a difference of 1.3 points per game. The Mavericks rating on offense was 106.7 and they had a defensive rating of 107. They got 94.3 possessions per 48 minutes and they had an effective field goal percentage of 50%. As a unit they had a true shooting percentage of 54% and they attempted 3 pointers on 34% of their shot attempts. Dallas turned the ball over on 12 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents averaged 12.8 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year was 50%.
Houston Rockets Betting Trends
The Houston Rockets were 37-45-0 against the spread last year
The Houston Rockets were 46-34-2 against the over/under last year
Dallas Mavericks Betting Trends
The Dallas Mavericks were 44-37-1 against the spread last year
The Dallas Mavericks were 38-42-2 against the over/under last year
Houston Rockets Injuries
10/27/16 F Montrezl Harrell Personal "?" Friday vs. Dallas
10/21/16 PG Patrick Beverley Knee expected to miss 4-6 weeks
Dallas Mavericks Injuries
10/26/16 PG Devin Harris Toe expected to miss 3-4 weeks
Josh's Pick: Take Dallas
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