Rockets at Mavericks - 4/2/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Rockets (51-24) at Dallas Mavericks (46-29)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, FSSW
The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks play Thursday night at the American Airlines Center.
The Houston Rockets look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. On the season, the Rockets are averaging 103.3 points on 44.1 percent shooting and are allowing 100.1 points on 44.1 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 27.2 points on seven assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 15.9 points and 10.6 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is grabbing 5.7 rebounds and Jason Terry is dishing 1.9 assists. The Houston Rockets are coming off a Wednesday win over the Sacramento Kings in which they made 18 threes and got 51 points from Harden. The Rockets are quickly gaining ground on the second seed in the West. However, six of the Rockets last eight losses have come on the road.
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The Dallas Mavericks look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, the Mavericks are averaging 104.1 points on 46 percent shooting and are allowing 100.9 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 17.1 points and six rebounds while Chandler Parsons is averaging 15.7 points and 4.9 rebounds. Tyson Chandler is grabbing 11.4 rebounds and Rajon Rondo is dishing 6.4 assists. The Dallas Mavericks are coming off a Wednesday win over the OKC Thunder, a game in which produced a combined 266 points. The Mavericks have won 10 of their last 11 games when topping 100 points. The Mavs have also won five of their last seven on their home court.
The Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest. The Mavericks are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 vs. NBA Southwest and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Rockets are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Dallas and 5-11 ATS in the last 16 meetings overall.
The Rockets are playing much better ball than the Mavs and have their eyes on the second seed in the West. I'll gladly take Houston (the better team) and the free points.