Mavericks vs. Rockets - 4/6/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Rockets (38-39) at Dallas Mavericks (39-38)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 9:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks +2 -- Over/Under: 211 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN, FSSW
The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks meet Wednesday night at the American Airlines Center.
The Houston Rockets look for consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 105.8 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 106.6 points on 46 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 28.5 points and 7.5 assists while Dwight Howard 13.9 points and 11.9 rebounds. Michael Beasley is grabbing 5.6 rebounds and Patrick Beverly is dishing 3.1 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting percent from beyond the arc and percent from the free throw line. The Rockets are allowing percent shooting from deep and are grabbing rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have lost four of their last five road games.
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The Dallas Mavericks look to build on their impressive four-game winning streak. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 103 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 103.6 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 18.5 points and 6.6 rebounds while Wesley Matthews is averaging 12.4 points and two assists. J.J. Barea is dishing four assists and David Lee is grabbing 7.4 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free throw line. The Mavericks are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.1 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks have lost five of their last seven home games.
The Rockets are 37-18 ATS in their last 55 games playing on 2 days rest and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win. The Mavericks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest. The Rockets are 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
The Houston Rockets looked like the team from last season against the Thunder, and I think they can copy that performance to sneak into the playoffs. The Mavs are old, slow and can't win at home. I expect the Rockets to run Dallas out of their own gym.