Mavericks vs. Rockets - 2/20/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Rockets (36-17) at Dallas Mavericks (36-19)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 20, 2015 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks -3.5 -- Over/Under: 210.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, FSSW
The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks meet Friday night at the American Airlines Center.
The Houston Rockets have split their last six games and end a three-game road trip. On the season, the Rockets are averaging 103.1 points on 43.9 percent shooting and are allowing 99.8 points on 44.4 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 27.4 points and 6.8 assists while Trevor Ariza is averaging 12.6 points and 5.4 rebounds. Josh Smith is shooting 44.4 percent from the field and Patrick Beverley is dishing 3.3 assists. The Houston Rockets have topped 100 points in five of their last six games and are shooting 34.1 percent from deep in their last five games. The Rockets are just hoping to tread water until Dwight Howard returns, but they’ll continue to win games consistently as long as those shots are falling.
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The Dallas Mavericks look for a big win after splitting their last six games. On the season, the Mavs are averaging 106.3 points on 46.5 percent shooting and are allowing 101 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Monta Ellis is averaging 19.8 points and 4.5 assists while Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 18.3 points and six rebounds. Chandler Parsons is shooting 45.4 percent from the field and Tyson Chandler is grabbing 11.8 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks are coming off a Thursday loss to the Thunder in which they shot just 36.3 percent from the field and turned the ball over 17 times. The Mavericks have lost five of their last seven games when scoring less than 100 points. Amar'e Stoudemire is expected to miss this game.
The Rockets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Mavericks are 1-5-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 Friday games. The Rockets are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Dallas and the home team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
I like a rested Houston Rockets team catching the Mavericks on the end of a back-to-back. The Mavs have been shaky as of late and are coming off their worst offensive performance in quite some time. I'll take my chances with the points here.