NBA Sports Betting Picks: Dallas Mavericks vs. Houston Rockets

The Dallas Mavericks are excited that they are going to the playoffs, but not excited that they are slumping down the stretch. Dallas Mavericks vs. Houston Rockets will be a meaningless game for the playoff race, but the Mavericks will want to start winning soon.

The Mavericks aren’t making any public proclamations about who they want to face in the first round. Slumping teams usually don’t.

The Denver Nuggets, on the other hand, wouldn’t mind seeing Dallas to open up the playoffs. At least that’s the opinion of George Karl. The Thunder’s two All-Stars are Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The Mavericks’ jump-shooting attack is built around Dirk Nowitzki.

Dallas also is only (8-9) over the last 18 games, while Oklahoma City is streaking since the All-Star break.

Shawn Marion appears to be the starting small forward going forward, ending a possible source of irritation for the veteran. But at the Mavericks better off with Marion as the starter, despite his solid play this season?

Dallas’ record with Marion with the first unit was 10-13 going into Friday. A second quarter shouting match between Jason Terry and J.J. Barea spilled into a timeout huddle, as Terry continued with Rick Carlisle. Terry was banished from the huddle before being restrained by Mark Cuban and others.Terry never returned to the game, going scoreless in eight minutes.

The Mavericks are 1-4 ATS in their last five against the Western Conference and the Rockets are 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight Monday games.  The losing streak is getting to the mavericks and they lose again to the Houston Rockets.

NBA Sports Betting Pick: Houston Rockets

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