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Rockets at Mavericks - 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 -1.5 -- Over/Under: 214 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN, ROOT, KTXA

The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks play game three of their playoff series Friday night.

The Houston Rockets look to put this series to bed by taking a 3-0 lead here. James Harden is averaging 24 points and 8.5 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 19.5 points and 8.5 rebounds. Josh Smith is dishing five assists and Terrence Jones is grabbing 7.5 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are getting whatever they want offensively, as they’re averaging 22.5 three attempts and getting to the line 40 times in this series. The Rockets have six double-digit scorers and have now won 10 of their last 11 games when topping 100 points. Seven of the Rockets last 10 losses have come on the road.

Rockets at Mavericks - 4/24/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Dallas Mavericks better find a way to win or this series is all but over. Monta Ellis is averaging 20 points and 3.5 assists while Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 17 points and 10.5 rebounds. J.J. Barea is dishing three assists and Tyson Chandler is grabbing 13 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks need to play better defense, as they allowed dunk after dunk in their game two loss. The Mavs also have to get something from Rajon Rondo, as it appears he’s given up on the team and is already looking towards free agency. The Mavs have won six of their last nine home games. Chandler Parsons and Devin Harris are questionable with injuries.

The Rockets are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win. The Mavericks are 13-5-1 ATS in their last 19 Conference Quarterfinals games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games. The Rockets are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Dallas and 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall. 

I had the Rockets winning this series rather easily and it appears it's going to be even easier than I thought. The Mavs aren't showing any signs of life defensively and have now just lost their starting point guard. While the home crowd may help, the Rockets are by far the better team here and would like to get this series wrapped up quickly. Take Houston. 

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Houston Rockets +1.5

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