Dallas vs. Houston Preview

The fans at Toyota Center will be treated to a game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets when they take their seats on Tuesday.

Dallas At Houston
When: 9:30 PM ET, Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT, TXA 21 (Dallas), ROOT (Houston)
PREDICTION: Mavericks 109, Rockets 107
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Oddsmakers currently have the Rockets listed as 5½-point favorites versus the Mavericks, while the game’s total is sitting at 215.

The Mavericks were a 118-108 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Rockets. They failed to cover the +9.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (226) made winners of OVER bettors.

Howard spent the final few weeks of the regular season slowly working his way back from a knee injury and only managed 17 minutes in Game 1 while dealing with foul trouble. “It was a little frustrating, but my biggest thing was, when I’m out there on the floor, just play as hard as I can despite the fouls and not allow that to take me out of the game,” Howard told reporters. “I’m going to get called for some fouls sometimes. I just got to play through it, continue to block shots, continue to run the floor and continue to control the paint.” Howard made the most of his limited time with 11 points, five rebounds and five blocks.

Team record: 57-26 SU,49-34 ATS
Current Streak: won 4 straight games.
Houston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston’s last 7 games
Houston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Dallas fell behind 32-19 after the first quarter and spent too much energy playing catchup. “We’ve got to come out and be the aggressor,” Mavericks center Tyson Chandler told reporters. “I mean, we’ve got to pick up fullcourt and deny the wings, making things more difficult for them. I think they were way too comfortable bringing the ball up the floor and way too comfortable getting into their offense.” Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting in Game 1 but also committed six turnovers.

Team record: 50-33 SU,35-45-3 ATS
Dallas is 6-15 ATS in its last 21 games
Dallas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas’s last 5 games
Dallas is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games on the road

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