The Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks met only three days ago, with Dallas walking away with the 101-99 win in OT. Now the Rockets look to return the favor and tighten up the Western Conference playoff race.
is scheduled for Tuesday, 8:30 pm ET at the American Airlines Center in Dallas,
betting odds have the Mavericks as a 7.5 point favorite and the total is listed
one game separates the number 5 spot, currently held by Dallas from the number
8 spot, currently held by Houston. I don't think that Houston is looking at
this as a revenge game at all, but more of a chance to move up in the Western Conference and
are one spot away from being out of the playoffs. Look for the Rockets to come
out strong and competitive, and the 7.5 points given to them by the NBA odds makers is an
there are several back to back champions in each sport, many teams have had a letdown year the year after they won the title. The
Dallas Mavericks would fit into that category. At 28-22 the Mavericks are a
mere shell of their 2011 squad.
things factor into the equation such as the lockout, Dirk Nowitzki not being in
game shape, a rotten acquisition of Lamar Odom, the loss off spunky point guard
J.J. Barea, and the fact that this team is getting older and might have gotten
complacent with the one title.
Houston Rockets on the other hand, are coming from a completely different
direction. They have a lot of up and coming stars and are highly motivated as a
team. The motivational factor alone will keep this game close.
Rockets are a team with a lot of depth, veteran leadership and young talent.
Currently, veteran Kevin Martin is out with an injury, but veterans
Luis Scola and Samuel Dalembert are holding down the fort for Houston
a team, the Rockets have ten players that average over 7.8 points per game. Now
that's a lot of depth! Goran Dragic and Luis Scola have really upped
their level of play as of late to carry this team.
old and the new
Scola has been a warrior all season and has carried this team on his back.
As the season has progressed, Scola has just gotten better and better.
his last 10 games, he's averaging 18.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 3.2 assists.
Scola is coming off of a 18 point and 14 rebound performance in a victory over
Sacramento and he's been the definition of efficient, shooting 61.9% from the
field in his last 5 games.
guard Goran Dragic has been playing well above his seasonal averages in the
month of March. This is a player that averages 9.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per
game on the season but in his last 10 games he's averaging 16.5 points, 9.5
rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.8 steals, and is shooting 50.8% from the field. Dragic has an ankle injury, but with so much at stake tonight, he'll be ready to go.
getting it into gear
a real Nowitzki fan, but I must say that his numbers (21 points, 6.7 rebounds)
have been a false indication of his uninspired play this season. Dirk has
actually picked it up in the month of March with a productive 25.3 points and
6.4 rebounds per game. He's coming off of a 31 point and 7 rebound performance
against the Rockets. Dallas is better rested and look for Dirk to play well
further into the season, it's questionable that Dirk and the Dallas Mavericks have the
miracle run that they did last season. For most of this season, Dirk has been a
disappointment and for the team to give him time off to get in shape was the
start of the Mavericks downfall. This is a guy that lives for practice, he
win's his championship, and all of a sudden he's not fit to play?
Mavericks have a really weak roster, and one that is now packed full of washed up has-beens. They need Dirk Nowitzki to get the hunger back that he had last
season. He's starting to show that drive again, but I don't know if he can carry this
group of old men to another championship.
Head to Head Meetings
is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Dallas
is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings
team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings
wins this Texas dogfight?
don't want to put my head on the chopping block for bashers, but I really like
the Houston Rockets in this game. They recently played the Mavericks and lost
by a basket in overtime. Houston has the better team, and they don't want to be blocked into the number 8th spot in such a tight playoff
race. This is a team with major energy in Dragic and Scola. I wont say
moneyline because of their poor record on the road but add an easy Rockets
cover to you NBA Picks.
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