Online NBA Betting Sites Size up Rockets vs. Mavericks Matchup
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
The Houston Rockets were the online NBA betting leaders of the Western Conference for most of the first half of the season. However, the Rockets were usurped by the Golden State Warriors for the lead in the conference. Since then, James Harden & Co. haven’t been able to regain that lead. This evening’s Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks matchup gives them an opportunity to try and zero in on the Warriors’ lead. What kind of sportsbook odds are the Rockets facing this evening?
Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks – Wednesday, January 24th
When: 8:00 pm ET
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Stream: Watch ESPN, NBA League Pass
Online NBA Betting Lines:
Houston Rockets -6 (-110) 216 (-110) -245
Dallas Mavericks +6 (-110) 216 (-110) +205
The Rockets zip into this evening’s contest sporting a 33-12 record that ranks them 1st in the Southwest Division but 2nd in the conference. Unsurprisingly, one of the biggest factors that led to the Warriors’ passing Houston was the 5 game losing streak the Rockets suffered earlier this season. With the competition being so tight in the West, even a minor slip up can have disastrous consequences. Nevertheless, the Rockets are only 3 games behind Golden State at the moment. With that in mind, it wouldn’t be unfeasible for the Rockets to reclaim their lead atop the West, later on down the road. Houston already enter this evening’s matchup riding a 3 game win streak and by the looks of it; the online NBA betting lines are predicting that the Rockets will further that streak. Should bettors take the favorite in this evening’s Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks matchup?
Even though the line basketball betting sites are giving the Mavericks looks tempting, NBA bettors should definitely back Houston this evening. Considering that Houston just finished up playing 3 games at home, the team should be more than healthy. With that in mind, bettors can expect a well-rested Houston squad to take the floor this evening.
The Mavs march into this evening’s pairing with a sourly disappointing 16-31 record. Last season, Dallas ended a 3 year postseason appearance streak by posting a .402 win percentage on the season. This year, it looks like the Mavericks are hell-bent on delivering an ever worse performance. At the current moment, Dallas’ disappointing record ranks them 5th in the Southwest Division and penultimate in the Western Conference. All in all, Dallas may be coming off a win against the Washington Wizards. But don’t expect them to be able to compete with the Beard this evening.
To help pull off the upset this evening, the Mavs will be turning to none other than Harrison Barnes. Barnes is currently scoring 18.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game. Those numbers aren’t all that impressive, so there’s no question Barnes will turn to Dennis Smith Jr. for some help. At the present moment, Smith Jr. is averaging 14.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per outing.