Matchup: Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks
Date/Time: November 20th, 9:30 p.m. ET
Basketball Odds from BetDSI
Point Spread: Dallas -3.5
C Dwight Howard is going to be on full display on Wednesday night in Big D, where he makes his first appearance against the Dallas Mavericks since spurning them in the offseason in favor of going to his current team, the Houston Rockets in NBA free agency.
The top “Rocket Man” is pairing well with his new mates, and with 17.2 points and 13.9 boards per game, Howard is definitely doing what he has been advertised to do for years with the Orlando Magic and then the Los Angeles Lakers. What’s really making this team go though, is the rest of its scorers. G James Harden was expected to benefit from having Howard down in the low block, and he has done just that, averaging 24.3 points, 5.2 assists, and 5.1 boards per game. However, the man that has really come alive is G Jeremy Lin. Lin was looked upon as a bit of a lost cause last season down the stretch, and few knew what to expect out of him going forward now that D-12 was in town. What we have had is a revival of “Linsanity.” The Ivy Leaguer has averaged 17.6 points per game thus far this season, and he is knocking down an insane 43.8 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. Add in F Chandler Parsons to the mix as well, and this is about as good of a starting lineup as there is in basketball at this point.
Dallas isn’t a slouch team though, and there is a reason that it is favored in this one. The Mavs have won and covered four out of five games, including surviving a Sunshine State swing on back to back nights against the Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic just a few days ago. The addition of G Monta Ellis in the offseason has brought a bona fide scorer to the table, someone who can go off for 30 points on any given night. Getting some defense paired with that is going to be tough, but F Shawn Marion, even at his age, and C DeJuan Blair are doing the job for the time being. F Dirk Nowitzki has the pieces around him to make a splash this year, and there is a reason why the Mavs are favored in this game in spite of the fact that the Rockets are the buzz of the NBA.
If you look back at the recent meetings between the Mavericks and the Rockets, you’ll see a heck of a lot of high scoring games. Already this year, the teams have played a game to 218 points in Houston, and there has only been one game in the last six which didn’t reach at least that 218 number. It’s a tough number to try to get to tonight at 214.5, but we think that it is going to get there with at least a few buckets to spare. Expect this to be a doozy of a duel on Wednesday night, and it is certainly can’t miss TV. Houston 113 – Dallas 108
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