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Dallas Mavericks vs. Houston Rockets - 3/11/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets (51-14) at Dallas Mavericks (21-45)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm (American Airlines Center)

The Line: Dallas Mavericks +12.5 -- Over/Under: 214 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSW

The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks meet Sunday in NBA action at the American Airlines Center.

The Houston Rockets hope to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time since early January. The Houston Rockets are averaging 113.9 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 105.2 points on 46.7 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 31.1 points and 8.8 assists while Chris Paul is averaging 18.7 points and eight assists. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 11 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.3 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won 10 of their last 11 road games.

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Dallas Mavericks vs. Houston Rockets - 3/11/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Dallas Mavericks have a chance to win three straight games for the first time since late December. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 102.4 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 105.1 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Harrison Barnes is averaging 18.4 points and 6.4 rebounds while Dennis Smith Jr. is averaging 15 points and five assists. Wesley Matthews is the third double-digit scorer and Dirk Nowitzki is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.7 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks have split their last six home games.

The Rockets are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Sunday games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Mavericks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Southwest and 24-9 ATS in their last 33 Sunday games. The Rockets are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Dallas, 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

It's no secret these teams are heading in different directions, as the Houston Rockets are chasing an NBA title, while the Dallas Mavericks are in full tank mode and are on the end of a back to back. The Rockets could easily make this ugly and win by 30 if they wanted to. However, the Rockets are just 5-13 ATS this season when a double-digit favorite. You also have to question just how motivated the Rockets are to put it on teams, as this will be their seventh road game in eight tries, and they have a game Monday as well. It's just about winning and getting out. Give me the points.

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