The 26-32 Dallas Mavericks will travel to play the 32-28 Houston Rockets in an NBA pro basketball game on Sunday night. Tip off time from Houston is scheduled for 7PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.
The odds from this NBA game has the home team Houston Rockets favored by -5 points with the over under lined at 218 ½ points. Early money had come on the over as the game opened with a total of 218 points.
The teams have met twice this season with the Mavericks winning and covering the point spread in both contests. One was held in Houston and one game at Dallas.
Dallas is 10-20 on the road this season. The Mavericks break a three game losing streak with a 98-90 road win at the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night as a +3 point underdog. The game landed under 194 ½ points. It was a big third quarter for the Mavs as they outscored the Nets 29-14 in the win. They shoot 50% from the field and made 9 of 21 from three. They held the Nets to 46.2% shooting and a good thing Dallas show well because Brooklyn grabbed 13 more rebounds. The Mavericks also benefitted from 20 Nets turnovers. Dirk Nowitzki had 20 points and 8 rebounds on 8 of 14 shooting. Dallas has seemed to get the message that they need to defend better if they are to get into the playoffs. They have allowed 95 or less points over to their past three opponents. It is a huge game for Dallas as they trail the Rockets by five games for the eighth seed in the Western conference.
The Rockets sports a home record of 19-9 straight up. They break a two game losing streak after a 118-110 road win at the Orlando Magic on Friday night as a -9 point betting favorite. The game finished over 213 points. Houston outscored Orlando 32-23 in the final quarter in the win. They shot 54.5% from the floor along with 15 of 32 from three. The Rockets allowed 54.4% shooting to the Magic and win because Houston forced 17 Orlando turnovers. James Harden had 24 points and 8 assists as he made 10 of 11 free throws. Houston is tough to defend as they sit 2nd in the NBA in scoring defense by averaging 106.6 points a game.