Mavericks @ Rockets: Harden, Rockets to host Dallas on Monday
Mavericks @ Rockets NBA odds, spreads and predictions
The Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets will square off at the Toyota Center in Houston on Monday.
The Mavericks are coming off a huge home win on Sunday.
Luka Doncic finished with 28 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Mavericks in an incredible 102-101 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Tim Hardaway Jr. added 24 points, four rebounds and three assists, and Dwight Powell chipped in 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench for the Mavericks in the win.
When is it? Monday February 11th
What time is tip off? 8:00 p.m. ET
Where is it being played? Toyota Center
Which channel is it on? TNT
The Houston Rockets, on the other hand, are coming off a loss in which they led by as much as 26 points.
James Harden led Houston with 42 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal in a 117-112 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.
Chris Paul contributed 18 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and two steals, and Kenneth Faried added 17 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and one steal for the Rockets in the loss.
Mavericks @ Rockets Spread
The Houston Rockets are giving the Mavericks 9.5 points in this matchup.
I like the Rockets at home. I believe James Harden and Chris Paul will rally the Rockets to a big win at home after suffering a terrible loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.
The Mavericks will be playing in the second game of a back-to-back. So I expect them to still be on a high after their big win over the Trail Blazers on Sunday.
Take the Rockets in this one.
Mavericks @ Rockets Over/Under
The over/under is set at 231 total points in this one.
My final score prediction: Houston Rockets 117, Dallas Mavericks 107.
Roll with the under in this matchup.
Where the game will be won or lost
In their game against the Thunder on Saturday, the Rockets limited Oklahoma City to 75 combined points in the first, second, and fourth quarters. The Thunder, however, scored an incredible 42 points in the third period to erase a 26-point deficit and eventually took the game in the fourth.
For the Rockets to continue trending in the right direction, they will need to improve on the defensive end of the court.
Last season, the Rockets finished seventh in defensive rating at 105.5 points allowed per 100 possessions, however, this season, the Rockets are 25th in the NBA allowing 112.0 points per 100 possessions.
Since the start of the new year, the Rockets are 11-8 and their defense, which has a 113.8 rating, haven't been able to build a winning streak. Clearly, the Rockets are a shell of themselves from a season ago, but if they want to get to their winning ways, they will definitely need to improve on the defensive end of the court.