Dallas Mavericks vs Houston Rockets Prediction, 1/4/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Dallas Mavericks vs Houston Rockets
Date: Monday, January 4, 2021
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Dallas (-1.5)
The Houston Rockets (2-2) host the Dallas Mavericks (2-3) at Toyota Center on Monday. Houston opens this matchup as 1.5-point dogs. The total is set at 222.
The Dallas Mavericks played the Miami Heat and earned the victory with a final of 93-83 in their last contest. Dallas ended the contest with a 41.0% field goal percentage (32 out of 78) and buried 12 of their 37 3-point attempts. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Mavericks converted 17 of their 23 shots for a percentage of 73.9%. When it comes to pulling down rebounds, they collected 49 with 4 of them being offensive. They also distributed 18 assists for the contest as well as having 9 steals and 3 blocks. Pertaining to defense, Dallas allowed the other team to go 37.2% from the floor on 29 out of 78 shooting. Miami recorded 20 assists and had 10 steals in the matchup. In addition, the Heat collected 41 boards (5 offensive, 36 defensive) and added 2 blocks. Miami finished the contest at 72.0% at the free throw line by burying 18 of their 25 attempts. They also made 7 of their 33 tries from long range.
Luka Dončić is a player who was a contributor in the matchup. He finished with 27 points on 9 of 22 shooting. He played 35:49 minutes played and also pulled down 15 rebounds. Dončić ended up going 40.9% from the field and also earned 7 assists. An additional guy that was a major contributor in this contest for the Mavericks was Tim Hardaway. He grabbed 2 boards and tallied 3 dimes. He shot 33.3% from the floor in the game by going 6-of-18 (18 points). In all, Hardaway was on the court for 38:33 minutes.
Dallas heads into this contest with a mark of 2-3 this year. They are turning it over 12.0 times per game and as a squad they commit 20.0 fouls per contest. As a unit, Dallas is grabbing 41.6 rebounds per game and has accounted for 104 dimes on the campaign, which is 29th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. The Mavericks are hitting 31.7% on shots from distance (60 of 189) and 74.8% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 106.6 points per contest (24th in the league) while hitting 44.3% from the field. On the defensive end of the court, the Mavericks are able to force 18.0 turnovers per contest and they draw 24.0 personal fouls. They rank 3rd in the league in giving up assists with 117 conceded this year. The Mavericks defensively are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 45.8% (90 of 120) and they relinquish 45.6 rebounds per game as a team. They give up 33.1% on 3-pointers while they are 4th in the NBA in PPG allowed (103.6).
When they last stepped on the court, the Houston Rockets got the win with a final of 102-94 against the Sacramento Kings. The Rockets earned 42 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 48 in the matchup. They also rejected 10 shots while earning 10 steals for this contest. The Kings committed 21 fouls for the contest which got the Rockets to the free throw line for a total of 23 attempts. They were able to bury 17 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 73.9%. When discussing shots from beyond the perimeter, Houston knocked down 13 of 41 tries (31.7%). Overall, the Rockets shot 36 out of 80 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 45.0%. The Rockets permitted the Kings to make 35 out of their 90 tries from the field which had them shooting 38.9% in this matchup. They went 32.1% from 3-point land by connecting on 9 out of 28 and ended up shooting 15 of 21 from the charity stripe (71.4%). Concerning how they attacked the glass, Houston permitted Sacramento to pull down 47 in total (14 offensive).
John Wall ended up being a factor for the Rockets in this game. He converted 11 of 21 in the game for a rate of 52.4%, which gave him 28 points. Wall had 4 rebounds in his 37:14 minutes of playing time and had 6 assists in the matchup. An additional guy that was important for Houston was Eric Gordon. He scored 21 points in 32:51 mins on the court by way of 7 of 18 from the floor for this game. Gordon walked away from this one going 38.9% from the floor while earning 4 assists and 3 rebounds.
Houston has a record of 2-2 on the campaign. Houston has tallied 461 points this year (115.3 per game) and they collect 43.3 boards per contest. The Rockets are committing 20.8 personal fouls every game and they shoot 75.7% from the free throw line. When it comes to executing on offense, the Rockets are shooting 48.7% from the field, which is 6th in basketball. They are getting an assist 23.3 times per contest (18th in the league) and they turn the ball over 16.0 times per game. The Rockets on the defensive side of the court are 24th in the league in points per game surrendered with 116.3. They surrender 23.0 assists and 47.3 total rebounds per game, ranking them 9th and 24th in the NBA. The Houston defense allows 38.7% on three-point shots (53 of 137) and opponents are making 66.0% of their shots from the free throw line. They have forced 15.0 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.1% from the field (17th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Houston (+1.5)
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