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NBA Odds: Rockets vs. Mavericks prediction, odds, pick and more – 3/23/2022

NBA prediction

The Houston Rockets will stay in the same state of Texas for tonight’s game as they head into Dallas to take on the Mavericks. These two teams have met three times this season already and Dallas has won all three. Given how Houston has struggled this season, the Mavericks are expected to win big here, but anything can happen with this rivalry. It’s time to continue our NBA odds series with a Rockets-Mavericks prediction and pick.

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Here are the Rockets-Mavericks NBA Odds, Courtesy of FanDuel

NBA Odds: Rockets-Mavericks Odds

Houston Rockets: +10 (-110)

Dallas Mavericks: -10 (-110)

Over: 220.5 (-110)

Under: 220.5 (-110)

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Why The Rockets Can Cover The Spread

The Houston Rockets have been awful this season as they are last in the NBA as a whole. However, they did get a win in their last game out, snapping a five-game losing streak. The Rockets are having trouble finding wins to begin with, let alone against a playoff-bound team in the Mavericks tonight. Offensively, the Rockets are actually better than one would expect, ranking 18th in the league in scoring, thanks to their young talent up front. However, defensively, the Rockets are ranked last in the league in scoring defense, along with struggling on the generating second-chance opportunities. With nothing to play for except for pride, the Rockets could possibly find momentum and pull off the upset if they really put their minds to it.

Why The Mavericks Can Cover The Spread

The Dallas Mavericks are off to another great season but building momentum towards the playoffs is their main concern right now as they look to get over the hump. The Mavs have won seven of their last ten games overall and a game against the Rockets is a perfect opportunity for them to gain more momentum before playoffs begin. Superstar Luka Doncic (ankle) will remain out for this game, but it shouldn’t stop the Mavericks from getting a win tonight. Offensively, the Mavs have struggled, ranking 25th in the league for scoring.

However, the defensive side of the ball is where Dallas has been able to find the majority of their success this season. They rank 2nd in the league in scoring defense and it shows as they have the best under total record in the league. Even without their top player, the Mavs should still be able to take care of the Rockets quite easily tonight.

Final Rockets-Mavericks Prediction & Pick

Despite the injuries that the Mavericks are dealing with, they’re still listed as heavy favorites in this game. Houston has a bunch of young talent, but it’s not quite enough to compete with a team like the Mavs. I think Dallas comes out hot and early in this matchup, especially on their home court. Overall, we can chalk this game up to the Rockets simply not being as talented as the Mavericks, and it’s shown throughout the season. This comes down to one of those “let’s not overthink this” kinds of games where we should be taking Dallas -10 before the odds decrease.

Final Rockets-Mavericks Prediction and Pick: Dallas -10 (-110)

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