The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks are in a heated battle for positioning in the Western Conference. The Texas rivals are separated by just 1.5 games in the standings and every game will count during the 2020 NBA restart.

Although the Lakers and Clippers are the two favorites out West, both the Rockets and the Mavs think they might have what it takes to make a run at the NBA Finals. The Rockets are going all-in on the small-ball revolution and stopped playing a traditional center entirely. The Mavericks, on the other hand, are going to rely on the pick-and-pop combo of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis to carry the load offensively.

 

 

 

Rockets vs. Mavericks Odds 7/31/20

DraftKings Sportsbook:

Houston Rockets +2 (-109)
Dallas Mavericks -2 (-112)

Houston Rockets (+108)
Dallas Mavericks (-127)

Total Points 230.5
Over (-112)
Under (-109)

 

FanDuel Sportsbook:

Houston Rockets +2 (-112)
Dallas Mavericks -2 (-110)

Houston Rockets (+108)
Dallas Mavericks (-126)

Total Points 231
Over (-110)
Under (-110)

 

PointsBet Sportsbook:

Houston Rockets +2 (+100)
Dallas Mavericks -2 (+100)

Houston Rockets (+110)
Dallas Mavericks (-131)

Total Points 231
Over (-110)
Under (-110)

Note: These lines are fluid and subject to change.

 

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Rockets vs. Mavericks Betting Preview

 

Strength vs. Strength

The Rockets and Mavericks are two of the most willing three-point shooting teams in the NBA. Both squads have gone all-in on the three-ball revolution and we can expect to see both teams jack up a bunch in Orlando. This should be an advantage for both teams as they transition into the NBA bubble and find a rhythm.

Real hoopers know that it’s much easier to shoot when there isn’t a deep backdrop behind the basket. It helps with depth perception and we can expect the teams that shoot a lot of threes to thrive in the bubble.

For this specific game, it’s tough to know who that would favor. The Rockets can catch fire at any point in time, but they are also prone to jaw-dropping cold stretches. James Harden and Luka Doncic will propel their respective teams and should cancel each other out to some degree. The same can be said for Russell Westbrook and Kristaps Porzingis. Who wins the battle of the supporting cast is going to tell the story in this one.

 

Rockets vs. Mavericks Pick

Without Eric Gordon, who is out with an ankle injury, the Rockets are going to be a bit shorthanded. The two-point spread is an indication that this game should be close until the end. The Mavericks will cover those two points (or at the very least push), but take the moneyline if you’re a little nervous about that spread.