When you take a look at the playoff match-ups in the Western Conference, you pretty quickly see that there really isn’t a bad one in the bunch. One of the more intriguing contests is between the Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks, as both are dealing with injury issues that might well get in the way of either team making a real serious run. Game 2 of this one will go in Houston on Tuesday night and here’s an online betting analysis for the game to help you make a smart bet.
Houston vs Dallas: Online Betting Analysis and Game Preview
Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Venue: Toyota Center
Opening Line: Houston -5.5
The Dallas Mavericks had injury concerns coming into this series, and it now looks as though the situation might be getting worse. Both Chandler Parsons and Devin Harris missed practice on Monday, and word is that both may be unavailable for Game 2. If neither of those two can go on Tuesday night, the Mavericks may be in trouble. On the bright side, they have to be impressed with the offensive play of Dirk Nowitzki in Game 1, as the big man scored 2 points on just 14 shot attempts. While that has been the average number of shots he has attempted per game over the course of the season, it may be wise to ask a little more of him if the hot hand continues throughout the series.
Key Betting Trends
Dallas is 6-14 ATS in its last 20 games
Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas’s last 5 games
Dallas is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
Houston is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Houston is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston’s last 6 games
Houston is 18-7 ATS in its last 25 games at home
Consider This Before Placing Your Bets
Dallas cannot afford to come out as cold as they did in Game 1, which means doing a better job of preparing. My feeling was that this series would go 6 games, but the injury worries for Dallas are now making me re-think that. I like Houston to get the win again in Game 2, putting Dallas right behind the 8-ball.