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Dallas Mavericks vs. Houston Rockets - 4/24/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets (58-26) at Dallas Mavericks (50-34)

NBA Basketball: Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm (American Airlines Center)

The Line: Dallas Mavericks -1 -- Over/Under: 214.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Dallas Mavericks host the Houston Rockets in Game 3 on Saturday.

The Houston Rockets extended their series lead to 2-0 with a confident 111-99 win in Game 2 thanks to some stellar defense and big performances from the usual suspects. James Harden had a rough shooting night of five of 17 from the field, but still managed to get to the free throw line and finish with 24 points and six assists while Josh Smith and Corey Brewer added 15 points each, but the best player in Game 2 was actually Dwight Howard who poured in 28 points on 10 of 15 shooting from the field and an impressive eight of 11 from the free-throw line. In a game that was closely contested for three quarters, the Rockets made their run with Harden sitting on the bench as the combination of Smith and Howard connected for three alley-oop plays in the penultimate fourth quarter.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Houston Rockets - 4/24/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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As for the Dallas Mavericks, Monta Ellis shot just eight of 23 but led the team with 24 points while JJ Barea added 13 points off the bench, but everyone else struggled mightily, especially Dirk Nowitzki who scored just 10 points on three of 14 shooting. With Chandler Parsons now officially out for the rest of the season, the Mavs need everyone else to step up, especially Rajon Rondo who got into foul trouble early and didn't play almost the entire second half, finishing with just four points.

In ATS trends, the Rockets are 6-0 ATS in their last six Conference Quarterfinals games and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games following a win of more than 10 points, while the Mavs are 13-5-1 ATS in their last 19 Conference Quarterfinals games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight home games.

Head to head, the Rockets are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings overall but just 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings in Dallas.

The Mavs absolutely can't afford to go behind 3-0 in the series so they'll come out guns blazing for sure. However, while the Mavs are still very competitive, the Rockets have just been in a groove on both ends of the floor and should be able to take Game 3 by single digits.

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