NBA Odds: Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks

March 27, 2012 NBA Basketball

The Rockets will take a short trip north to Big D to matchup with the Mavericks in Dallas at American Airlines Center tonight beginning at 8:30ET.

This is a rematch of Saturdays rowdy affair in Houston, which saw seventeen lead changes, fifteen ties and an elbow to Dirk Nowitzki’s face compliments of Goran Dragic which required four stitches to close. In the end, Dallas prevailed in overtime 101-99. Start your Basketball Betting action on Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs game

The Rockets presented a balanced attack in that one with all five of their starters in double figures. The elbow-throwing, Dragic also had 24 points for Houston, while Luis Scola contributed 19 of his own. Last night the Rockets had to go into overtime again against Sacramento after coming back from as many as 16 points down. They needed a career best 24 points from Patrick Patterson to accomplish the victory 113-106. Earl Boykins, who just signed a 10 day contract with Houston had 10 points and 5 assists.

Nowitzki may not have to duck as much in tonight’s contest, after Dragic turned an ankle in last nights game with a minute left in OT. He said afterward it was just a minor sprain, but whether or not he’s available for this one, will probably be a game time decision.

Houston is 27-23 for the year and in a struggle to make the playoffs with Denver and Utah for the seventh through ninth spot in the standings. Dallas last played the Rockets on Saturday so they enjoyed two days of rest awaiting the Rockets arrival. Besides the four stitches, Nowitzki also had 31 points and Jason Terry added 24. Dallas currently holds down fifth place in the Western Conference with an overall mark of 28-22. Check the Sportsbook Odds for Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks game

This will be the second of three contests this year between the Southwest Division rivals. The Mavericks have won the last five in a row. The last two, incuding Saturdays free for all went to overtime. Dallas is a 7.5 point home favorite for a $110/$100 wager. The same moneyline is set for the over/under of 193.5.

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