The Mavericks are the pro basketball betting favorite in this game and should be a popular choice considering their past success against Houston.
Basketball betting numbers show that the Mavericks have won 8 of the last 10 games against the Rockets. Dallas is also 7-2-1 against the basketball betting number in those contests. The Mavericks have won and covered four of the last five home games against Houston according to basketball betting numbers but the last meeting between the two teams in Dallas was won by the Rockets 113-98 last March. In terms of the basketball betting total, three of the last four games at Dallas have gone over the pro basketball betting total.
The Rockets are a different team this year with the addition of Ron Artest. He should provide great support for star players Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming. It could take the three a while to come together though since McGrady only played limited minutes in the preseason according to basketball betting information. Shane Battier didn’t play at all according to basketball betting information so it may take some time for the team to mesh but Artest should be a welcome addition in Houston this season.
Dallas has a new direction now that head coach Rick Carlisle is in charge. The Mavericks have continually failed in the postseason and Carlisle was brought in to change that. He has a record of 281-211 (.571) in the regular season and is 30-32 in the playoffs according to pro basketball betting numbers. The Mavericks are led by forward Dirk Nowitzki who averaged 23.6 points per game a year ago according to basketball betting stats. It was considered a subpar year for the superstar forward who usually is in contention for MVP honors according to basketball betting information.
The Mavericks were 35-43-4 against the basketball betting number last year, while the Rockets 47-33-2 against the basketball betting number. Perhaps with Carlisle in charge those pro basketball betting numbers for Dallas will improve this season.
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