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NBA : First Half Matchup
Sunday 3/3/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore
 First Half Results



DALLAS (26 - 32) at HOUSTON (32 - 28)
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Board First Half
DALLAS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games26-32-11.433-2434-23101.050.845.4%49.9102.050.644.3%53.7
Road Games10-20-818-1116-1497.950.044.4%49.8103.651.944.5%54.4
Last 5 Games2-3-2.43-21-495.051.845.6%48.295.649.442.5%52.0
Division Games4-6-2.65-45-497.550.344.4%50.8102.650.344.4%52.5
DALLAS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)101.050.838-8445.4%7-2036.5%17-2279.7%501023218145
vs opponents surrendering98.149.337-8245.2%7-2035.8%17-2275.4%501122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)97.950.037-8344.4%7-1935.2%17-2181.2%50922228166
Stats Against (All Games)102.050.637-8444.3%8-2236.4%20-2675.8%541222199144
vs opponents averaging98.249.337-8245.2%7-2035.8%17-2275.6%511122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)103.651.938-8444.5%8-2136.2%21-2874.6%5412232010145

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games32-28-2.332-2733-27106.553.546.5%51.6103.752.746.1%49.7
Home Games19-9+2.918-1017-11110.655.947.5%51.9104.352.545.9%50.1
Last 5 Games3-2-2.32-32-3111.258.849.4%47.4108.055.449.4%48.2
Division Games4-7-4.84-75-6102.953.645.2%50.5103.551.345.7%50.8
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)106.553.539-8346.5%11-2936.9%19-2575.3%521123208164
vs opponents surrendering97.74937-8245.0%7-2035.7%17-2275.1%501122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)110.655.940-8447.5%11-2838.5%20-2675.9%521025198155
Stats Against (All Games)103.752.739-8546.1%8-2237.3%17-2277.9%501123208146
vs opponents averaging98.249.237-8245.3%7-2036.0%17-2375.3%511122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)104.352.540-8745.9%9-2339.3%15-2076.9%501122208156
Average power rating of opponents played: DALLAS 95.8,  HOUSTON 96.2
DALLAS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/25/2013SAN ANTONIO107-113L-2L204.5O42-9146.2%501443-8948.3%5215
1/29/2013@ PORTLAND104-106L3W202O42-8450.0%471639-8645.3%5014
1/31/2013@ GOLDEN STATE97-100L4.5W203.5U36-8144.4%541536-8442.9%5012
2/1/2013@ PHOENIX109-99W2.5W201O40-8845.5%581538-8942.7%5113
2/4/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY91-112L8.5L209U36-8741.4%501441-8747.1%5811
2/9/2013GOLDEN STATE116-91W-5.5W211.5U38-7749.4%491034-8938.2%6115
2/22/2013@ NEW ORLEANS104-100W-1W199O40-8447.6%481237-9140.7%5612
2/24/2013LA LAKERS99-103L-3L212U39-8744.8%481234-7247.2%5316
2/27/2013@ MEMPHIS84-90L7.5W187.5U33-7643.4%462129-7737.7%5616
3/1/2013@ BROOKLYN98-90W3W195U39-7850.0%381336-7846.2%4919
3/3/2013@ HOUSTON              
3/8/2013@ DETROIT              
3/10/2013@ MINNESOTA              
3/12/2013@ MILWAUKEE              
3/14/2013@ SAN ANTONIO              
3/17/2013OKLAHOMA CITY              
3/18/2013@ ATLANTA              

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/25/2013@ NEW ORLEANS100-82W2.5W200.5U34-7147.9%502131-8038.7%4415
1/28/2013@ UTAH125-80W3.5W208U47-8952.8%52532-8139.5%5015
1/30/2013@ DENVER110-118L4L216.5O39-8148.1%522142-8251.2%5120
2/5/2013GOLDEN STATE140-109W-2.5W217O46-9150.5%59841-8647.7%4712
2/6/2013@ MIAMI108-114L7.5W206.5O39-8048.7%471640-8248.8%4410
2/10/2013@ SACRAMENTO111-117L-6.5L218.5O44-8949.4%501540-8746.0%4713
2/12/2013@ GOLDEN STATE116-107W4W217O43-9147.3%531138-8445.2%5413
2/13/2013@ LA CLIPPERS96-106L11W208U36-8243.9%502137-7549.3%4418
2/20/2013OKLAHOMA CITY122-119W3W220.5O44-9247.8%451842-8748.3%5522
2/22/2013@ BROOKLYN106-96W-1.5W207.5U41-7753.2%471640-9144.0%4913
2/23/2013@ WASHINGTON103-105L-1.5L211U38-8445.2%471641-8051.2%4713
3/1/2013@ ORLANDO118-110W-9L212.5O42-7754.5%401244-7856.4%4114
3/6/2013@ DALLAS              
3/8/2013@ GOLDEN STATE              
3/9/2013@ PHOENIX              
3/17/2013GOLDEN STATE              
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 (26-32) at Houston (32-28), 7:00 p.m. EDT

While the Dallas Mavericks have had their way with the Houston Rockets of late, they're not expecting anything to come easy during a crucial home-and-home set.

Hoping to make up some ground in the standings, the visiting Mavericks go for a 10th consecutive win over the Rockets on Sunday night.

Dallas (26-32) has its work cut out if it hopes to catch Houston (32-28), which sits in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Mavericks are five games behind the Rockets, but sweeping the next two games could help them get back in the mix.

These Southwest Division rivals conclude their season series Wednesday in Dallas.

"It's been a frustrating and disappointing season obviously overall. We lost a couple of close games that we thought we should've had," Dirk Nowitzki said. "We have to go in with a free mindset and kind of forget what happened so far and let it all rip. Houston is a great team. (James) Harden is having a phenomenal year. They're a tough team. They're fast, athletic. So we got our hands full."

Dallas has taken nine straight from Houston - the last eight by single digits - for its longest win streak in the 33-year history of this rivalry. The Mavericks overcame Harden's 39 points thanks to a career high-tying 40 from O.J. Mayo in a 116-109 road win Dec. 8, then pulled out a 105-100 home victory Jan. 16.

"That's a (team that's) ahead of us and gives us the opportunity to gain ground and make them back track a little bit," Mayo said of the Rockets.

Two nights after blowing a 25-point lead versus Memphis, Dallas nearly let a 20-point lead slip away Friday before winning 98-90 at Brooklyn to snap a three-game skid. Nowitzki and Vince Carter scored 20 points apiece while Mayo added 17 for the Mavericks, who shot 50.0 percent.

"They're all big, and in dropping the last three, we needed one," coach Rick Carlisle told the team's official website. "We put together a solid game and we were solid enough to beat one of the better teams in the East, so that's a good sign for us. ... We've just got to keep emphasizing the importance of playing 48 minutes and not 20."

The Rockets avoided a third straight loss Friday, winning 118-110 at Orlando. Harden scored 24 points while Chandler Parsons and Carlos Delfino each had 21.

"All these games are going to count, especially if we want to make the playoff push," Harden said. "We try not to (think about it), because we try not to get sidetracked by thinking about too many other things."

While Houston's 106.6 points per game rank as the NBA's second-highest mark, it is yielding an average of 103.7 to rank 29th. The Mavericks are 22-7 when scoring at least 103 points compared to 4-25 when they don't.

"We have to definitely sharpen up defensively," said Parsons, averaging 21.7 points on 57.4 percent shooting over the last three games. "I think it is a lot of mental things that we are having breakdowns on, but honestly it is just effort. We have to have all of our focus on that end.

"We're trying to make a playoff push and we're not just trying to get in, we're trying to get a better seed."

Slowing down Nowitzki could prove key in these next two games. The former league MVP is averaging 21.2 points - 5.1 more than his season mark - on 53.2 percent shooting over the last five contests.

Dallas is 35-7 all-time versus Houston when Nowitzki scores at least 16 points. He had 19 in the Jan. 16 victory after missing the first matchup due to injury.

Last Updated: 10/20/2018 3:20:54 AM EST

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