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Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks - 4/21/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Dallas Mavericks (50-33) at Houston Rockets (57-26)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 9:30 pm (Toyota Center)

The Line: Houston Rockets -5.5 -- Over/Under: 215 See the Latest Odds

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The Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets kick off Game 2 at the Toyota Center on Tuesday.

The Dallas Mavericks will be eager to level the series after losing Game 1 to the Houston Rockets by 118-108. Dirk Nowitzki led the team with 24 points on 10 of 14 shooting while Monta Ellis added 16 points and Rajon Rondo added 15 points. However, Chandler Parsons scored just 10 points and still looked to be a little rusty which is understandable because he did miss the last six games of the regular season. Overall, the Mavs actually didn't play too bad because things could have gotten a little ugly after they fell behind by 32-19 at the end of the first quarter, but they'll have to improve on both ends of the floor to avoid falling into a 2-0 hole to going into Game 3.

Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks - 4/21/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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As for the Houston Rockets, James Harden played more of a facilitator role and really directed the offense with 24 points and 11 assists which benefited the rest of the team as six other players finished in double figures. Terrence Jones flirted with a triple-double, scoring 19 points, nine rebounds and six assists while Jason Terry added 16 points, but the real spark plug was Dwight Howard who scored 11 points and made five blocks in just 17 minutes of playing which really got the Rockets going early on. All in all, the Rockets will be feeling very confident after their performance in Game 1 and will once again be favorites tonight.

In ATS trends, the Mavs are 6-15 ATS in their last 21 games overall and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 road games, while the Rockets are 5-0 ATS in their lsat five Conference Quarterfinals games and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 home games.

Head to head, the Mavs are 1-5 ATS in the last six games overall and 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in Houston.

The Mavs are supposed to be the better, more balanced team, but the Rockets' supporting cast really stepped it up and won the game without the need for any heroics from Harden. I do expect the Mavs to bounce back and be much more competitive but I have the Rockets winning Game 2 by single digits.

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