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Houston Rockets Odds
Guard Eric Gordon’s left ankle injury shouldn’t be downplayed for the Rockets, considering their smallball lineup is short on scoring punch and depth. James Harden leads the NBA with 34.4 points per game, but prior to the league shutdown in March, defense was a team-wide worry.
Dallas split a pair of earlier meetings with the Rockets and has proven a challenging matchup courtesy of an offense that ranks first in efficiency at 115.8 points per 100 possessions. The Rockets rank second.
Dallas Mavericks odds
MVP candidate Luka Doncic and big man Kristaps Porzingis are still working to fine tune their partnership, which is still brand new. Porzingis had one of his best overall efforts in Dallas when these teams met Jan. 31. Porzingis had 35 points and 12 rebounds.
He typically plays a secondary role to Doncic, who is expected to finish in the top five of the NBA’s MVP voting in just his second NBA season. Doncic, 21, plays a hybrid shooting guard and point guard role for the Mavericks, averaging 28.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game.