Houston Rockets vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction, 1/23/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Rockets vs Dallas Mavericks
Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021
Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+3)
The Dallas Mavericks (7-7) play the Houston Rockets (4-9) at American Airlines Center on Saturday. Houston opens this contest as 3-point dogs. The O/U has been set at 227.
The Houston Rockets faced the Phoenix Suns and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 109-103 in their last contest. Houston wrapped up the game having earned a 42.0% field goal percentage (37 of 88) and buried 10 out of their 31 shots from downtown. From the free throw line, the Rockets knocked down 19 of 22 shots for a percentage of 86.4%. When discussing pulling down boards, they earned 39 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 17 dimes in the game while earning 11 steals and 5 rejections. In reference to defense, Houston allowed the other team to go 47.2% from the field on 42 of 89 shooting. Phoenix totaled 25 dimes and had 6 steals for the contest. Moreover, the Suns snagged 45 rebounds (8 offensive, 37 defensive) and added 11 blocked shots. Phoenix finished 89.5% at the charity stripe by making 17 of their 19 tries. They knocked down 8 of 34 shots from distance.
Eric Gordon is someone who was a factor in this matchup. He accumulated 22 points on 9 out of 20 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 34:03 mins played and also grabbed 2 rebounds. Gordon finished shooting 45.0% from the floor and also earned 2 assists. Someone else that played a role in the matchup for the Rockets was Victor Oladipo. He snagged 5 boards and also accounted for 6 dimes. He finished the game shooting 31.8% from the floor in the matchup by connecting on 7-of-22 (22 points). Overall, Oladipo saw the court for 31:19 minutes.
Houston will enter this matchup with a win-loss record of 4-9 for the season. They lose possession via turnover 16.2 times per contest and as a squad they commit 19.8 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Houston is pulling down 42.8 rebounds per game and has accounted for 295 assists this year, which is 28th in basketball in terms of passing. The Rockets are shooting 35.1% on three-point attempts (170 of 485) and 74.3% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 109.6 points per contest (20th in the league) while going 46.0% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Rockets are forcing 15.5 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.3 personal fouls. They rank 4th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 301 relinquished for the year. The Rockets defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 45.9% (201 of 264) and they relinquish 47.3 boards per contest as a squad. They concede 35.9% on 3-point attempts while they are 20th in basketball in opponents points per game (112.4).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Dallas Mavericks walked away with a victory by a final of 124-112 when they played the Indiana Pacers. The Mavericks corralled 40 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 49 for this contest. They turned away 6 tries while getting 5 steals in the matchup. The Pacers had 20 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Mavericks to the free throw line for 17 attempts. They were able to knock down 14 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 82.4%. In relation to shots from 3-point land, Dallas made 8 of 27 tries (29.6%). When the game finished, the Mavericks finished shooting 51 for 97 from the field which gave them a rate of 52.6%. The Mavericks allowed the Pacers to convert 41 of their 92 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 44.6% for this contest. They finished 41.0% from 3-point land by connecting on 16 out of 39 and walked away from this one shooting 14 out of 21 from the free throw line (66.7%). When it comes to rebounds, Dallas permitted Indiana to snag 38 in total (8 on the offensive side).
Kristaps Porziņģis ended up being important for the Mavericks in this game. He converted 12 out of 15 in the matchup for a field goal percentage of 80.0%, which earned him 27 points. Porziņģis snagged 13 boards in his 32:24 mins of playing time and accumulated 4 assists for the contest. Another guy that was pivotal for Dallas was Trey Burke. He was able to score 22 points in his 31:43 minutes played by going 9 of 16 from the floor in this contest. Burke ended the game having shot 56.3% from the field and also earning 3 assists and 2 rebounds.
Dallas has a mark of 7-7 on the campaign. In terms of offensive execution, the Mavericks are shooting 45.3% from the floor, which is 17th in basketball. Dallas has accumulated 1,521 points for the campaign (108.6 per contest) and they average 44.8 rebounds per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 22.7 times per contest (23rd in the league) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.2 times per contest. The Mavericks are committing 20.7 fouls per game and they connect on 74.0% from the charity stripe. The Mavericks on the defensive side of the court are 6th in the league in PPG given up with 107.2. They surrender 22.6 dimes and 45.9 boards per game, which is ranked 5th and 18th in basketball. The Dallas defense concedes 32.5% on shots from distance (160 of 493) and their opponents are connecting on 73.9% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing 14.7 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 44.9% from the field (7th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Dallas (-3)
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