Dallas Mavericks vs Houston Rockets Prediction, 12/23/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Dallas Mavericks vs Houston Rockets
Date: Friday, December 23, 2022
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T Sportsnet Southwest
Toyota Center is the location where the Houston Rockets will meet the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.
The Mavericks took the court against the Timberwolves and earned the victory with a final of 104-99 in their last contest. Dallas finished the game with a 45.3% field goal percentage (34 out of 75) and made 13 of their 39 3-pointers. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Mavericks converted 23 of 27 attempts for a rate of 85.2%. With regard to rebounding, they earned a total of 39 with 7 of them being offensive. They also distributed 17 dimes for the contest while forcing the other team into 13 turnovers and getting 6 steals. In relation to defense, Dallas let their opponent shoot 49.4% from the floor on 42 of 85 shooting. Minnesota doled out 23 assists and had 7 steals in this contest. On top of that, Minnesota snagged 39 boards (8 offensive, 31 defensive) and earned 3 rejections. Minnesota finished the game shooting 70.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 7 of their 10 shots. They buried 8 out of their 30 shots from beyond the arc. When discussing personal fouls, the Mavericks walked away with 12 while the Timberwolves recorded 24 personal fouls.
Luka Doncic is one player who was a contributor for this contest. Doncic finished 50.0% from the floor and also distributed 10 assists. He was on the hardwood for 37 mins and also snagged 9 rebounds. He walked away with 25 points on 8 out of 16 shooting.
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Dallas enters this matchup with a win-loss record of 16-16 this year. They currently have an average of 110.9 points per outing (22nd in basketball) while hitting 46.5% from the floor. The Mavericks are shooting 35.9% on shots from distance (475 of 1,323) and 73.6% from the charity stripe. As a team, Dallas is snagging 39.0 rebounds per game and has tallied 696 assists for the year, which is 29th in the league in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 12.9 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 20.6 fouls per game.
On the defensive end, the Mavericks are able to force 14.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 22.6 fouls. They are currently ranked 8th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 762 relinquished on the campaign. The Mavericks defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 48.1% (1,289 of 2,680) and they relinquish 43.1 rebounds per game as a group. They give up 36.0% on 3-pointers while they are 6th in basketball in points per game allowed (109.5).
The last time they took the court, the Rockets took a loss by a final score of 116-110 against the Magic. The Rockets earned 40 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 49 in this matchup. They also turned the ball over 16 times, while earning 6 steals for the matchup. The Magic had 18 personal fouls for this contest which got the Rockets to the charity stripe for a total of 17 attempts. They were able to knock down 11 of the free throws for a percentage of 64.7%. When discussing 3-pointers, Houston converted 17 out of their 43 attempts (39.5%). When the final whistle was blown, the Rockets went 41 out of 88 from the field which had them shooting 46.6%. The Rockets allowed the Magic to convert 41 of 91 attempts from the field which had them shooting 45.1% in this matchup. They went 29.7% from behind the 3-point line via 11 of 37 and ended up going 23 of 33 at the free throw line (69.7%). Regarding cleaning up the glass, Houston allowed Orlando to get 45 in total (11 offensive).
Kevin Porter Jr. was important for the Rockets in the matchup. He knocked down 12 out of 19 for the game giving him a rate of 63.2%, and totaled 6 rebounds. Porter Jr. accumulated 31 points in his 35 mins of playing time and tallied 5 dimes in this contest.
Houston has a win-loss record of 9-22 for the season. As an offense, the Rockets are hitting on 44.3% from the floor, which ranks 30th in the league. Houston has accounted for 3,396 points on the campaign (109.5 per game) and they snag 46.9 boards per game. They are earning an assist 21.3 times per game (30th in the NBA) and they are giving up possession 17.4 times per game. The Rockets are responsible for committing 20.6 personal fouls per game and they go 77.3% from the free throw line.
The Houston defense gives up 36.5% on 3-point shots (432 of 1,185) and opponents are making 77.1% of their free throw shots. They allow 25.6 assists and 41.9 total boards per game, which is 21st and 5th in the league. The Rockets on the defensive end are ranked 20th in the NBA in PPG surrendered with 115.4. They are forcing 14.9 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.5% from the floor (21st in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Houston
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