Rockets Set to Start New Streak vs. Division Rival Mavericks

Sunday, March 11, 2018 3:00 PM UTC

Sunday, Mar. 11, 2018 3:00 PM UTC

Houston's 17-game winning streak was snapped Friday in Toronto, but tonight they get to play against tanking Dallas in a much better spot for a road win.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Rockets vs. Mavericks">Sunday NBA: Rockets vs. Mavericks</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free NBA Pick:<strong> </strong>Under 214</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered:<strong> </strong><a href="http://;book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">5Dimes</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3264914, "sportsbooksIds":[19,1096,238,1275,139], "LineTypeId":3, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>It could be difficult for Houston tonight if James Harden sits out because of a sore left knee. What Harden's likely absence does is turn an "under" play into an even better wager with your <a href="" title="Free NBA Picks">NBA picks</a>. Obviously the Rockets’ offense takes a dip with Harden off the court; this season their offensive rating goes from 119.1 to 111.4 when the MVP candidate is out.</p><p>The Rockets are one of the best road defensive teams in the NBA. In tonight's divisional game, look for the score to be lower than the total on the <a href="" title="NBA Odds">NBA odds board</a>. Houston ranks third-best with a 103.3 road defensive rating, and on the road in divisional games it drops to 102.0, according to NBA Stats.</p><p>Take a look at the last time these teams played in Dallas:</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;iframe width=\"640\" height=\"360\" src=\"\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"autoplay; encrypted-media\" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;"}[/]</p><p>All three of their meetings this season have gone "under" the total, and the Rockets have held the Mavericks to less than 98 points in their past two matchups.</p><p>Another reason to lean "under" is the probable pace of tonight's game. Even though they tend to be one of the faster offenses, the Rockets slow things down a lot against divisional opponents. Through five road divisional games this season, Houston has a pace of 96.28. Of those five games, the Rockets are 4-0-1 cashing the "under," and they are 8-2-1 cashing the "under" overall this season in divisional games.</p>
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