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NBA : ATS Matchup
Saturday 12/8/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore




DALLAS (9 - 10) at HOUSTON (9 - 9)
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DALLAS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games9-10-2.48-1110-998.350.144.5%49.6100.451.244.0%55.5
Road Games3-7-2.84-64-693.350.342.2%49.7101.451.544.4%57.4
Last 5 Games2-3-0.43-22-391.044.441.7%48.696.852.643.8%54.4
Division Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
DALLAS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)98.350.137-8244.5%8-2038.5%17-2277.7%50922228156
vs opponents surrendering97.649.337-8244.6%7-2035.7%17-2375.3%521122217146
Team Stats (Road Games)93.350.334-8142.2%6-1933.5%19-2382.8%50920248166
Stats Against (All Games)100.451.237-8444.0%7-2034.8%20-2772.6%5513212010144
vs opponents averaging97.148.736-8243.8%7-2135.8%18-2474.3%521221208145
Stats Against (Road Games)101.451.537-8444.4%6-1734.3%21-3068.4%5714222011145

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games9-9+0.19-810-8103.151.843.6%53.8103.251.946.1%52.4
Home Games7-3+3.17-35-5105.052.744.1%53.599.349.644.8%53.3
Last 5 Games3-2+13-23-2107.650.844.8%49.8111.254.451.1%53.0
Division Games1-2-10-31-292.351.741.4%49.3101.048.044.2%53.7
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)103.151.837-8643.6%9-2734.7%19-2577.5%541322199164
vs opponents surrendering97.74937-8244.5%7-2035.8%17-2376.1%511221218145
Team Stats (Home Games)105.052.738-8544.1%10-2735.0%20-2678.0%531222199155
Stats Against (All Games)103.251.940-8746.1%8-2238.1%15-2073.4%521123199157
vs opponents averaging99.249.837-8145.3%7-2037.3%18-2474.8%511222208146
Stats Against (Home Games)99.349.639-8744.8%9-2338.5%13-1870.0%531222198157
Average power rating of opponents played: DALLAS 93.2,  HOUSTON 97.4
DALLAS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/30/2012@ LA LAKERS99-91W8.5W186O40-8547.1%501138-7749.4%5714
10/31/2012@ UTAH94-113L8L195O32-8537.6%501638-8942.7%7214
11/9/2012@ NEW YORK94-104L6.5L198.5U33-8140.7%572035-8441.7%559
11/10/2012@ CHARLOTTE97-101L-6L201U32-7940.5%521940-9542.1%6617
11/16/2012@ INDIANA83-103L2L188U30-8137.0%561139-8347.0%558
11/17/2012@ CLEVELAND103-95W2.5W199U38-7451.4%502036-9637.5%5411
11/19/2012GOLDEN STATE101-105L-5L200O37-8643.0%501637-9140.7%6820
11/21/2012NEW YORK114-111W3.5W194O42-8549.4%491339-7750.6%4014
11/24/2012LA LAKERS89-115L1.5L205U34-9237.0%471540-8248.8%7319
11/27/2012@ PHILADELPHIA98-100L3W191.5O37-8145.7%441535-7546.7%5117
11/28/2012@ CHICAGO78-101L6L188.5U28-8134.6%401434-6949.3%5619
12/5/2012@ LA CLIPPERS90-112L8.5L200.5O34-8440.5%462245-9050.0%5617
12/6/2012@ PHOENIX97-94W4W204.5U37-7847.4%521634-8540.0%5212
12/8/2012@ HOUSTON              
12/12/2012@ BOSTON              
12/14/2012@ TORONTO              
12/15/2012@ MINNESOTA              
12/21/2012@ MEMPHIS              
12/23/2012@ SAN ANTONIO              

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/31/2012@ DETROIT105-96W2.5W194O39-7949.4%532035-7944.3%4316
11/2/2012@ ATLANTA109-102W5W203O38-9042.2%662140-8547.1%3713
11/9/2012@ MEMPHIS85-93L7L194U31-7640.8%532035-9437.2%589
11/14/2012NEW ORLEANS100-96W-6.5L184O36-8045.0%511134-8440.5%4810
11/16/2012@ PORTLAND117-119L2T198O41-8846.6%541844-8651.2%4815
11/18/2012@ LA LAKERS108-119L7L205.5O44-9048.9%511546-8554.1%5113
11/19/2012@ UTAH91-102L6L197U30-8634.9%601437-9240.2%6214
11/23/2012NEW YORK131-103W4.5W198.5O46-8951.7%571437-8643.0%4015
11/28/2012@ OKLAHOMA CITY98-120L10.5L210.5O36-8741.4%521647-8754.0%5615
12/4/2012LA LAKERS107-105W0W215.5U38-10137.6%621038-8246.3%6418
12/7/2012@ SAN ANTONIO92-114L8.5L212.5U37-9538.9%441848-8755.2%5517
12/10/2012SAN ANTONIO              
12/16/2012@ TORONTO              
12/17/2012@ NEW YORK              
DALLAS: GUARDS: DARREN COLLISON's jump shot might be shaky, but he can get into the lane at will. He'll be a much different look than Jason Kidd had been in Big D . . . O.J. MAYO becomes the second option in this offense. He'll have the ball in his hands a lot . . . VINCE CARTER will come off the bench. At this point, he's a three-point specialist, and not a very good one . . . DELONTE WEST will back up both guard spots. Don't be surprised if he overtakes Collison at some point . . . RODDY BEAUBOIS can heat up in an instant, but he has work to do to make this rotation . . . DAHNTAY JONES is roster filler . . . DOMINIQUE JONES enters the year on the roster bubble . . . JARED CUNNINGHAM will learn the point guard position watching from the bench as a rookie. FORWARDS: After a slow start last season, DIRK NOWITZKI looked like the Dirk of old in the second half of the year. He's still got something left in the tank, but it's still unclear if the swelling in his knee will require surgery, something that would shelve him for more than a month . . . SHAWN MARION is still an important cog in Carlisle's creative defensive gameplans, so he'll keep playing big minutes despite his dwindling offensive skills . . . ELTON BRAND is still relevant, even behind Nowitzki, because of his ability to play some center . . . BRANDAN WRIGHT will be in and out of the rotation again, but he's now relatively healthy and showed signs of being a serviceable rotation player a year ago . . . Rookie Jae CROWDER profiles as a potentially solid second-unit player, but he'll be buried on this depth chart. CENTERS: CHRIS KAMAN gives Dallas some offensive skill at center, but he's not exactly the defensive presence they've needed. He'll log the bulk of the minutes here, but there are going to be a handful of games where the Mavs have to sit him and go small for defensive purposes . . . 27-year-old rookie BERNARD JAMES could fill Ian Mahinmi's old role of a shot-blocker/fouler off the bench.
HOUSTON: GUARDS: Houston has gutted its roster, and this is JEREMY LIN's team now. Coach Kevin McHale will use the same pick-and-roll offense he used with Goran Dragic, and Lin should do what he did in New York a year ago . . . KEVIN MARTIN is on the trade block. As long as he's in Houston, he'll be in and out of McHale's doghouse, especially seeing that he's not in the long-term plans . . . JEREMY LAMB should push Martin for minutes early. Lamb will have some defensive issues, but he's a cagey scorer who should mesh well with Lin . . . CARLOS DELFINO replaces Chase Budinger as the team's most reliable marksman from three-point range . . . TONEY DOUGLAS' defensive ability puts him in the running for a rotation spot . . . SHAUN LIVINGSTON can give them 12 to 15 minutes a night . . . Rookie SCOTT MACHADO, an outstanding passer, will back up Lin . . . GARY FORBES will have trouble finding minutes. FORWARDS: CHANDLER PARSONS was a nice surprise a year ago. He's a fifth option offensively but does the hustle/energy thing well . . . 2011 first-rounder DONATAS MOTIEJUNAS is a skilled 7-footer who fits with Lin. Expect him to grab a starting job by midseason, but he can also play center when required . . . This might be the year PATRICK PATTERSON makes an impact. His game is limited, but he can rebound and score around the basket . . . ROYCE WHITE is a 270-pounder with point guard skills. He needs the ball in his hands though, which is why he's not a great fit with Lin in the starting lineup . . . TERRENCE JONES has a tweener skill set. At this point, he's better suited for the second unit . . . Speaking of 'tweeners, MARCUS MORRIS looks to be nowhere near contributing. CENTERS: OMER ASIK earned his reputation as a defensive stud in Chicago, and he'll get a little more offensive freedom in Houston. He is quite foul-prone though, and he'll be tested on the free-throw line early and often . . . His backup, GREG SMITH, has more fouls (17) than points (14) in his 69-minute NBA career.
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*Mavericks-Rockets Preview* ===========================


Dallas (9-10) at Houston (9-9), 8:00 p.m. EDT

The Houston Rockets still can't get the job done on the road.

It's been a far different story at home.

Looking to rebound from another lopsided road defeat, Houston goes for a seventh consecutive home win Saturday night when the Dallas Mavericks try to end their trip with an eighth straight victory in this Southwest Division matchup.

Trying to build off back-to-back home wins over Utah and the Los Angeles Lakers, the Rockets (9-9) were routed 114-92 at San Antonio on Friday.

The only real encouraging sign for Houston was that James Harden broke out of a three-game shooting slump with 29 points on 10 of 16 from the field. The rest of the team made a combined 27 for 79 shots (34.2 percent).

"The one thing that we've got to get better at and continue to work at is not allowing missed shots to affect other parts of your game," interim coach Kelvin Sampson told the Rockets' official website. "I thought our missed shots affected our effort on defense."

With back-to-back 22-point road losses, the Rockets have to feel good about starting a four-game homestand. Houston's last 7-0 run at the Toyota Center spanned March 14-April 3, 2011.

The Mavericks (9-10) will try to prevent that from happening on the final stop of their three-game trip.

Dallas bounced back nicely in Thursday's 97-94 victory over Phoenix after committing a season high-tying 22 turnovers in a 112-90 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers a night earlier.

"We played one of our strongest-willed games," coach Rick Carlisle said. "Difficult situation, losing time coming off the back-to-back and a rough one last night. Everybody played with a lot of heart, a lot of guts. It was really a war of attrition out there with the injuries and all the stuff going on."

Center Chris Kaman (sprained left ankle) and Shawn Marion (strained right groin) both could play Saturday after leaving Thursday's game with injuries.

Even if Kaman can go, little-used big man Brandan Wright likely earned himself more minutes after scoring a season-best 16 points on Thursday.

"I felt a little rusty in the beginning, but as I played more and more I started feeling real good," he told the Mavs' official website. "I started feeling like my old self again and then guys go down and coach rolled with me all the way till the end, so I had to step up."

Wright did that in the Mavs' only game at Houston last season, finishing with 14 points, a career-high seven blocks and six rebounds in a 101-99 overtime victory on March 24.

It was Dallas' third straight road win in this series. The Mavs' margin of victory during its winning streak over Houston is just 6.3 points.

After facing the Spurs on Friday for the first time since last season's Western Conference finals, Harden will now get reacquainted with Dallas. Last season while with Oklahoma City, Harden averaged 18.3 points - including 29 in the series clincher - as the defending champion Mavs were swept out of the playoffs.

Mavericks leading scorer O.J. Mayo, who increased his career-best average to 19.8 with 23 points on Thursday, has never won at Houston. Mayo averaged 10.0 points in seven losses there while with Memphis.

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