When one of the league’s brightest stars is in the midst of a historic offensive run, it catches everyone’s attention. Luka Doncic, the Dallas Mavericks’ one-stop-shop for offense, is averaging 42.2 points (on 58.7 percent shooting), 10.8 rebounds, and 10.2 assists during the club’s six-game win streak. During that streak, Doncic has three 50-point outings, the first of which came against Houston when the Rockets lost 112-106 back on December 23rd. This is their third meeting over the past few weeks, with the Mavericks also beating the Rockets on December 29th, 129-114.
Mavericks vs. Rockets Betting Odds
*Lines accurate at the time of publication
Mavericks vs. Rockets Best Bets
Mavericks -7.5 (-110, FanDuel)
The Luka train will eventually slow down, but the Rockets are not a stop on the route. They’re poor defensively, ranking 28th in Defensive Rating, which is not uncommon for a team built around a young core like the Rockets are. Another commonality among young teams is turnovers.
These two clubs are polar opposites when it comes to turnovers. The Rockets lead the league in turnover rate at 17.3 per game. In their last game on New Year’s Eve, they turned it over 25 times against the Knicks. Conversely, the Mavericks turn the ball over at the league’s lowest rate, at 12.4 per game and just 7.7 per game during their current winning streak.
Dallas will have the gift of extra possessions in this spot, which will be enough to cover this 7.5-point spread.
Risk: 1.1 units on FanDuel to win 1 unit. (Playable to -115)
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