Dallas Mavericks vs Houston Rockets Prediction, 4/7/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Dallas Mavericks vs Houston Rockets
Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T Sportsnet - South
Odds/Point Spread: Dallas (-6.5)
The Dallas Mavericks (28-21) head to Toyota Center on Wednesday where they'll take on the Houston Rockets (13-37). The odds on this game have Dallas as 6.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 224.5.
The Dallas Mavericks took the court against the Utah Jazz and went home with a win by a final score of 111-103 in their last contest. Dallas walked away from the game having earned a 45.1% field goal percentage (41 out of 91) and converted 23 out of their 49 shots from downtown. At the free throw line, the Mavericks converted 6 of their 8 shots for a percentage of 75.0%. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 44 with 10 of them being offensive. They also recorded 22 assists for the game while creating 8 turnovers and getting 2 steals. Pertaining to defense, Dallas allowed 42.0% from the floor on 37 out of 88 shooting. Utah recorded 20 assists and had 3 steals for the contest. On top of that, Utah pulled down 48 boards (14 offensive, 34 defensive) and earned 3 blocks. Utah ended up going 77.3% when shooting free throws by knocking down 17 of their 22 attempts. They made 12 of their 44 shots from beyond the arc.
Luka Doncic is a guy who was a major factor for the contest. He ended up finishing with 31 points on 11 of 26 shooting. He saw the court for 35:53 minutes and also totaled 9 rebounds. Doncic finished 42.3% from the floor and dished out 8 assists. One more player that was a major contributor in the game for the Mavericks was Dorian Finney-Smith. He totaled 6 rebounds in 34:24 minutes played. He finished the game at 47.1% from the field in this matchup by shooting 8-of-17 (23 points). When the game finished, Finney-Smith had 4 assists.
Dallas will take the court with a mark of 28-21 on the season. They average 111.8 pts per game (19th in basketball) while shooting 47.0% from the floor. The Mavericks are shooting 36.4% on shots from distance (675 of 1,856) and 77.7% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Dallas is pulling in 43.4 boards per game and is sitting with 1,101 assists for the season, which ranks 28th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession by turning the ball over 12.1 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 19.6 fouls per contest. On defense, the Mavericks are forcing 12.5 turnovers per game while drawing 20.3 personal fouls. They are conceding 36.1% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 8th in the league in points per game from their opponents (109.7). The Mavericks defensively are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 45.5% (613 of 993) and they concede 44.4 rebounds per game as a unit. They are ranked 2nd in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,094 surrendered so far this season.
For their last game, the Houston Rockets walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 133-130 when they played the Phoenix Suns. The Rockets snagged 33 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive boards for a total of 38 for this contest. They coughed up the ball 18 times, while earning 6 steals for this contest. The Suns committed 22 fouls for this game which took the Rockets to the free throw line for a total of 33 shots. They were able to make 27 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 81.8%. When discussing 3-pointers, Houston converted 17 of 33 tries (51.5%). When the game finished, the Rockets shot 43 out of 79 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 54.4%. The Rockets allowed the Suns to bury 44 out of their 86 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 51.2% in this game. They went 48.6% from behind the 3-point line by connecting on 18 of 37 and ended up going 27 of 31 from the free throw line (87.1%). When it comes to how they attacked the glass, Houston permitted Phoenix to snag 37 in total (6 offensive).
Christian Wood was important for the Rockets for the game. He made 8 out of 21 in this contest for a field goal rate of 38.1%, and had 3 rebounds. Wood scored 23 points in his 33:25 mins on the court, but wasn't able to notch an assist. One more player that played a role for Houston was Kelly Olynyk. He ended up walking away with 1 assist in his 29:26 mins on the hardwood, and he shot 7 of 8 from the floor. Olynyk wrapped this one up going 87.5% from the field as well as collecting 21 points and 4 total rebounds.
Houston has a win-loss mark of 13-37 for the campaign. Houston has accumulated 5,390 points this season (107.8 per game) and they pull in 42.1 rebounds per game. The Rockets are committing 20.0 fouls every game and they connect on 74.3% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the court, the Rockets are shooting 43.9% from the field, which has them ranked 28th in basketball. They are getting an assist 22.8 times per game (25th in the league) and they turn it over 14.5 times per game. The Rockets on the defensive side of the court are 24th in basketball in points allowed per contest with 114.2. They allow 24.7 assists and 48.2 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 16th and 30th in the NBA. The Houston defense allows 37.5% on 3-point shots (645 of 1,719) and their opponents are connecting on 78.0% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing their opponents into 15.2 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.9% from the floor (21st in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Dallas (-6.5)
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