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NBA Betting: Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks

The Houston Rockets (1-0, 0-1 ATS) make a short trip to Dallas to square off against the Mavericks (0-0) in a Thursday night NBA betting contest.

The Mavericks have owned T-Mac and the Rockets winning 8 of the L/10 overall meetings both SU and ATS.

Houston did finally notch a victory against them the last time they met back in March of last season in a game that saw McGrady and Rafer Alston combine for 55 overall points in their 113-98 road win and cover; Dirk Nowitzki didn’t dress for that one.

The Rockets are playing the second night of a back-to-back, one day after struggling to put away a young Memphis Grizzlies team.

The 82-71 final tally is by no means indicative of how close the game really was, much to the dismay of Houston and ‘over’ bettors that backed the Rockets (-12.5) or the ‘over’ 192 per the closing NBA betting lines.

Undoubtedly, online sportsbettors figured Houston would score at will against Memphis, especially with off-season acquisition Ron Artest joining the All-Star duo of Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming.

That just wasn’t the case, however, as the Rockets shot a miserable 37 percent from the floor, ultimately costing NBA betting fans by a single bucket.  Despite their offensive woes, the Rockets enter this affair with far less issues than the team they face.

Dallas enters tonight’s basketball betting affair amid serious doubts that its window to win a title has been slammed shut.

That’s what trading your point guard of the future and getting bounced in the first round of the basketball playoffs will do, as owner Mark Cuban mortgaged the franchises future by shipping Devin Harris to the Nets for what looks to be an over-the-hill Jason Kidd.

Last season’s early postseason departure cost Avery Johnson his head coaching job just a couple years removed from the Mavs first NBA Finals appearance.  Rick Carlisle was hired to get the Mavericks back into the NBA elite.

His new up-tempo offensive system will have NBA oddsmakers feeling the Mavs out to get a handle on what their NBA betting odds should be throughout the season.

Sports-Gambling.com Sportsbook has set the line at (–5) in favor of the Mavs, with a game ‘total’ of 191, so login immediately, and grab your piece of NBA action for the evening!