Dallas Mavericks vs. Houston Rockets - 1/29/14
Houston Rockets (29-17) at Dallas Mavericks (26-20)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks -2 -- Over/Under: 213 See the Latest Odds
It's a Texas showdown as the Dallas Mavericks host the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.
Head to head, the Rockets are 9-24 ATS in the last 33 meetings and 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Dallas while the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The Mavericks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall, but just 5-11 ATS in their last 16 home games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The Rockets on the other hand are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Having defeated the Houston Rockets in their last two meetings, the Dallas Mavericks have a chance to take the regular season series with a victory tonight, which I think they will get. While the Mavs started out hot at home to start the season but have since cooled off, they have still won four of five at American Airlines Center, with three of those victories coming by double-digits.
Meanwhile, the Rockets dropped consecutive games to the Memphis Grizzlies in their recent home-and-home series and are currently up six in the fourth quarter against the San Antonio Spurs. Regardless of that result, they will be coming off a tough game tonight while Dallas has been resting since their comfortable win over the visiting Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.
James Harden, who missed their last meeting in Houston when the Mavs came away with a 111-104 win, is also questionable for tonight's game with a left thumb injury. That win came right around a month after their previous victory in Dallas as they outscored the visitors 36-19 in the final quarter to secure the come from behind win. The Rockets have had a hard time slowing down Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis as the pair has averaged 33 and 27.5 points over their last two meetings, respectively.
While it's pretty hard to beat the same team three times in one season, I think the Mavs are up for the challenge tonight. Houston just hasn't really impressed me all that much lately and they could very well be without Harden once again tonight. Dallas are tough to beat at home and I don't think the Rockets will have any answer for Ellis and Nowitzki again...
Dan’s Pick: Dallas -2
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