NBA Picks Rockets vs. Mavericks -2

David Lawrence

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 1:25 PM GMT

The Houston Rockets are in the process of doing the Texas two-step. They played at home against San Antonio last night and now make the trip to Dallas. The opening NBA betting lines shows they’re a two-point underdog in this one.

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The Houston Rockets Can Win Because…

They’ve won three of their last four away games. On top of that, the Mavs don’t play well against the league’s elite teams. On the year, the Mavs are just 6-11 straight up against teams above .500. That’s not very good. Houston is a top-five team in the Western Conference and isn’t the type of pushover that the Mavs normally beat up on. The Mavs are 20-9 against losing teams this year.

The Rockets are coming off a confidence-boosting 97-90 win over San Antonio on Tuesday night and they did it without the services of James Harden. That win will help fuel them on Wednesday night.

The Dallas Mavericks Can Win Because….

The Rockets don’t play well in Dallas. The Mavs have won five straight in this series and have taken care of business rather easily, covering the spread each and every time. The Rockets will be in another tight spot on Wednesday as they played at home against San Antonio last night. Throw in their home-and-home series with Memphis over the weekend and that makes it the Rockets fourth game in six nights.

The Mavs haven’t been great overall recently but that’s because they’ve had a lot of road games. They’ve still cashed in four of their last five home games. The home-court advantage is the main reason to take the Mavs with your sports picks.

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Outlook & Pick

The Mavs recent straight up record may not look great (3-4) but they’ve covered the spread in six of their last eight games. The Rockets are going to be fatigued and they could also be without James Harden, who missed last night’s game with a thumb injury. If that’s the case, take the Mavs with your NBA picks.

Pick: Mavericks -2 at Pinnacle

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