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Houston Rockets at Dallas Mavericks
Thursday, 8:05 pm Eastern – TNT
SBG Global Opening Line: Mavericks - 3.5 , Total 191.5
The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks resume their rivalry on Thursday in Dallas in a nationally televised game on TNT. The Rockets lead the all-time series against Dallas 74-62 but Dallas holds a 35-32 edge against the Rockets at home. The last time the teams met at Dallas the Rockets won 113-98 as Tracy McGrady had 31 points. Josh Howard led the Mavericks in that game with 21 points. That win by the Rockets broke a six game losing streak against Dallas.
SBG Global reports that early NBA betting has the public taking Rockets on the Road.
The Mavericks have had to wait a long time to play their season opener, as almost all of the other teams in the league opened on Tuesday or Wednesday. The opener will not be easy as Houston is a team that many experts like in the Western Conference this season. “They’re one of a select few that is a real serious championship contender,” Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle said. “Of the teams I’ve seen, there as good as, or better than, any of them. They’re a tough matchup with their three star players. We’re going to have to be real good defensively as a team to beat them. That’s just a fact.”
Here are the NBA betting stats for Thursday’s game. The Rockets are 24-8-3 ATS in their last 35 Thursday games. The Rockets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. the Southwest. The Rockets are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games playing on no rest. The Rockets are 28-13-1 ATS in their last 42 games overall. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between the two teams. The Rockets are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings between the two teams.
The Mavericks are 39-18-1 ATS in their last 58 vs. the Southwest. The Mavericks are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Mavericks are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. the Western Conference. The Mavericks are 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 Thursday games.
SBG Global Current Line: Mavericks - 5 , Total 191
The Over is 4-0 in the Rockets last 4 Thursday games. The Over is 4-1 in the Rockets last 5 vs. the Southwest. The Under is 8-3 in the Rockets last 11 overall.
Pick: Rockets 3 out of 5 untis
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