Houston Rockets vs Dallas Mavericks (BET and STREAM LIVE on Unibet TV from 02.35 GMT)
Three years removed from winning the NBA Championship and the Dallas Mavericks are still in that unsatisfactory hinterland, neither remotely close to the glittering heights of that title victory but not yet bad enough to crash and bounce back through the lottery.
They’re off to a promising 7-4 start and they get the chance to improve to 6-0 at home when they host the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. And they figure to remain competitive as long as Dirk Nowitzki’s body remains intact, with the veteran German averaging 19.3 points per game this season, not that far below his career mark.
However the former MVP is being outscored by Monta Ellis and the guard – along with Jose Calderon - signifies a chance of approach, with Dallas putting up 105.7 per night on a much quicker pace than in the past. They’ve also conceded just 96.4 over their last five games but, Miami apart, all were weak opponents.
Houston, winners of three straight, will be much tougher with their offense truly clicking into gear. This figures to be a shootout, so look over the total points line of 214.5 but with Dwight Howard able to overpower Samuel Dalembert, take the Rockets on the handicap of +3 at 1.91.
Indiana Pacers at New York (BET and STREAM LIVE on Unibet TV from 00.05 GMT)
How will Indiana respond to their first loss of the season? Answer, probably by taking out that frustration on New York. Their defeat to Chicago was the first time the Pacers had conceded over 91 points in their 9-0 start but with the Knicks tallying only 93.5 per game, it figures to be back to business as usual.
Tyson Chandler’s ongoing absence should give Paul George and Roy Hibbert free reign. Go with Indiana for victory and head over the total points line of 187 at 1.91.
Best bet: Take Houston on the +3 handicap over Dallas at 1.91