The Houston Rockets face the Dallas Mavericks at home on Friday, December 23. The Rockets lost to the Orlando Magic 116-110 to fall to 9-22. The Rockets held a 15-point lead against the Magic but saw their offense sputter when the Magic went to a two-three zone.
The Mavericks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-99 to bring their record to 16-16. The Mavericks lost to the Rockets in their previous matchup but rested Luka Doncic in the game. These are the odds, injury reports, and starters for the Rockets vs Mavericks’ December 23 matchup.
Houston Rockets vs Dallas Mavericks odds
Wynnbet has the Rockets as +6.5 underdogs against the Mavericks. The over/under for total points is 219.5 points. The Rockets’ over/under for points is 106.5, and the Mavericks’ over/under for points is 113.5. ESPN analytics gives the Rockets a 72.4% chance to win the game. The Mavericks are 4-11 on the road this season.
Houston Rockets vs Dallas Mavericks injury report
Jae’Sean Tate remains out for the Rockets. He has played in three games this season due to a recurring ankle injury. Garrison Mathews has missed the past two games with an illness and is questionable to play. Eric Gordon is out with a thumb contusion.
The Mavericks have five players listed as out; Jaden Hardy, Kemba Walker, Dorian Finney-Smith, Josh Green, and Maxi Kleber. Frank Ntilikina is listed as day-to-day and is questionable to play due to left knee soreness.
Houston Rockets vs Dallas Mavericks starters
The Rockets started Jalen Green, Eric Gordon, Alperen Sengun, Jabari Smith Jr., and Kevin Porter Jr. against the Magic. With Gordon out, Kenyon Martin Jr. will likely get the nod at small forward.
The Mavericks started Christian Wood, Tim Hardaway Jr., Reggie Bullock, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Luka Doncic against the Timberwolves. Wood has predominantly come off the bench this season, and Dwight Powell or JaVale McGee could start over him.
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