These two squads call home a mere 250 miles apart so this will be a classic Texas-sized shootout when the Dallas Mavericks invade the Toyota Center to take on the Houston Rockets in game one of their first NBA Playoff series.
— SI NBA (@si_nba) April 17, 2015
MVP candidate and all-star James Harden led the injury-plagued Rockets to the second seed in the Western Conference, while future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki took a paycut to stay in Dallas in the offseason before leading the new-look Mavericks back to the playoffs for the 14th time in his career.
Analyzing The Dallas Mavericks at Houston Rockets NBA Playoffs Game 1 Odds & Predictions
Matchup: Dallas Mavericks at Houston Rockets
Date: Apr. 18, 2015
Start Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
Location: Houston, TX
Stadium: Toyota Center
TV Info: ESPN
Radio: Dallas Vs Houston
Point Spread: Houston -5.5
Moneyline: Dallas +200 vs Houston -240
Game Total: 186
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Season Series Straight Up: Houston 3-1
Season Series Against the Spread: Houston 3-1
Houston Rockets’ NBA Playoffs Projected Starting Lineup:
Dallas Mavericks’ NBA Playoffs Projected Starting Lineup:
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) April 16, 2015
The Rockets won and covered there of the four games they played against the Mavericks this season, including a 108-11 win on April 2 powered by 24 points from James Harden.
"Having `Big Fella’ back today kind of helped us out a little bit," Harden said of Dwight Howard after the win. "We’ve got to get his rhythm going `cause we’re going to need him in the postseason."
Houston has won four of their last five games at the Toyota Center played against Dallas, covering the spread each time.
The Mavs are led by point guard Monta Ellis (18.8 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 4.4 APG) and Dirk Nowitzki (17.3 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.9 APG) pushing the squad to score 105.2.6 PPG as a team (3rd in the NBA), average 22.5 assists (8th), and shoot 44.4% from the field. Dallas allows 102.3 PPG (25th), and grabs 42.3 rebounds per game (23rd).
The Rockets are led by Harden (27.4 PPG, 7.0 APG, 5.8 RPG) and power forward Dwight Howard (15.8 PPG, 1.2 APG, 10.5 RPG) as the Rockets average 103.4 points per game (6th), shoot 43.9% from the field (20th) and toss 22.2 assists per game (9th). Houston allows 100.5 points per game (17th) while grabbing 43.7 rebounds per game (14th).
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) April 16, 2015
Dallas is 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games, 1-8 ATS in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600, 0-8 ATS in their last 8 games as an underdog of 5.0-10.5 points, 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games following a SU win, 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games as a road underdog of 5.0-10.5 points and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games.
Houston is 18-7 ATS in their last 25 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite of 0.5-4.5 points, 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games as a favorite of 5.0-10.5 points, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest, and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.