The Dallas Mavericks are riding a four-game winning streak as they face the in-state rival Houston Rockets on Jan. 7. Fresh off Dirk Nowitzki’s jersey retirement and arguably their best win of the season, the Mavs look to ride the momentum to a victory in Houston.
The Rockets snapped an eight-game losing streak in their last game behind a 22-point double-double from Christian Wood. They have just 11 victories on the season, but they will be hungry to defeat the shorthanded Mavs on Friday night at the Toyota Center.
Dallas has gotten hot after struggling with multiple players in the health and safety protocols, and fans won’t want to miss the matchup against the Rockets. Here is a look at the odds, how to watch, and more.
Dallas Mavericks at Houston Rockets: How to watch
Start time: 7:00 p.m. CT or 8:00 p.m. ET
How to watch: Bally Sports Southwest- Dallas (Mavericks local market), AT&T SportsNet Southwest (Rockets local market)
Watch online: NBA League Pass
Dallas Mavericks at Houston Rockets: Injury report
Mavs superstar Luka Doncic is listed as doubtful with a right ankle sprain. He has missed eight games this season with ankle injuries, but they were to his left ankle. Dallas ruled out Kristaps Porzingis, Boban Marjanovic, Willie Cauley-Stein for Friday’s game in Houston.
The Rockets will be without Alperen Sengun (ankle) and Usman Garuba (health and safety) as they face the Mavericks.
Be sure to check social media before tipoff for the latest on Luka Doncic.
Dallas Mavericks at Houston Rockets odds, spread, over/under
According to WynnBet, the Mavericks are 2.0 point favorites on the road in Houston. They are minus-130 on the moneyline, and the game has an over/under of 214.0.
The Mavs over/under sits at 108.5, which they have surpassed just once in their last five contest.
Dallas Mavericks at Houston Rockets predictions
The Mavericks sit Luka, but still scratch out a win in Houston. They cover the spread and the game goes under 214.0. Dallas has been playing elite defense during their four-game winning streak, and that continues on Friday night against the Rockets.
Jalen Brunson leads the way with 25 points and eight dimes as the Mavs use a team effort to grab the win.
The Dallas Mavericks want to make it a five-game winning streak, and the rebuilding Rockets are the only thing standing in the way. Tune in to find out if the Mavs have enough to grab the win.