Dallas Mavericks vs. Houston Rockets - 4/2/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Rockets (51-24) at Dallas Mavericks (46-29)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Dallas Mavericks welcome the Houston Rockets to town tonight for NBA Wednesday.
The Dallas Mavericks have lost four of their last six but are coming fresh off a 135-131 win over the Thunder thanks to a balanced scoring effort. Monta Ellis led the way with 26 points on nine of 14 shooting but the contributions came from everywhere as Chandler Parsons added 22 points while Dirk Nowitzki and Amar'e Stoudemire had 18 points each as the Mavs shot a sizzling 61.5 percent from the field. Defensively, the Mavs might be a little concerned that they allowed their highest point total of the season, but that was mainly because they were just looking to push the tempo so much. With the win, Dallas improved to 46-29 on the season and strengthened their hold on the seventh spot in the Western Conference standings with just seven games left to play.
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Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets have won eight of their last 10 overall and are coming off a thrilling 115-111 win over the Kings thanks to James Harden who shot 16 of 25 from including eight three-pointers to finish with a career-high 51 points. Trevor Ariza added six threes of his own to add 22 points while Terrence Jones returned from a six-game absence to scored 16 points and a career-high seven blocks as the Rockets outlasted the Kings in an old-fashioned shootout littered with turnovers and missed defensive assignments from both teams. With the hard-fought win, Houston improves to 51-24 on the season and 28-10 at home.
In ATS trends, the Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games playing on zero days rest, while the Mavs are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
Head to head, the Rockets are 5-11 ATS in the last 16 meetings overall and 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings in Dallas.
Harden really made a strong case for MVP last night, so the Rockets will be feeling very confident heading into Dallas tonight, but the Mavs are coming off their best scoring performance as a team so I'm leaning towards them getting the job done at home.