Rockets at Mavericks - 4/26/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Rockets (59-26) at Dallas Mavericks (50-35)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 9:00 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: TNT, ROOT, KTXA
The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks meet for game four of their playoff series Sunday night.
The Houston Rockets can complete the sweep with a victory here. James Harden is averaging 30 points and 8.7 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 17.3 points and 14.3 rebounds. Corey Brewer is grabbing 2.3 rebounds and Josh Smith is dishing 4.7 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 48.7 percent from two and 42 percent from deep in this series. The Rockets have six double-digit scorers in this series and are getting great production from their bench to the point Harden is averaging less than 37 minutes. The Rockets would love to get many days rest before facing the winner of the Spurs and Clippers series. The Rockets have won eight of their last 10 road games.
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The Dallas Mavericks want to at the very least avoid the sweep. Monta Ellis is averaging 24.7 points and 5.3 assists while Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 22.7 points and 9.7 rebounds. J.J. Barea is dishing five assists and Tyson Chandler is grabbing 11.3 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks played a much better game three and certainly scored enough to win, but their defense continues to haunt them. The Mavs have lost seven of their last 11 games when allowing 100-plus points. The Mavericks will have to play their best game of the series if this has any chance of going back to Houston. The Mavericks have split their last 10 games at home.
The Rockets are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Mavericks are 13-32-2 ATS in their last 47 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Rockets are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
The Mavs blew their chance of getting a game in their game three loss. This series is over, folks. The Mavericks are just an old, slow team that plays no defense. Bad news against a Houston team that can fill it up. Take the Rockets to close this thing out in a sweep.