I want the Rockets going for me in this spot. Houston is coming off a Saturday home loss to the Thunder while the Mavericks upset the Trail Blazers, 102-101, at home on Sunday. The Rockets also have double revenge going in this matchup. Dallas has beaten them in both meetings this season. Dallas is carrying a high fatigue factor, too. The Mavericks are playing without rest and in action for the third time in four days and fourth in six days.
Houston is averaging 120 points in its last six games. Chris Paul is rounding back into shape falling an assist shy of a triple-double against Oklahoma City. James Harden is on another planet scoring 30 or more points in 29 consecutive games.
The Mavericks can't match the Rockets' firepower after dealing four of their top five players and they aren't nearly strong enough in the frontcourt without DeAndre Jordan anymore to take advantage of Clint Capela's absence.
Prior to upsetting the Trail Blazers, the Mavericks lost to the Bucks at home by 15 points. Milwaukee outscored Dallas by 54 points in the paint. So don't get fooled by the Mavericks' win on Sunday. They are not a good team and not a bet-on team either.