Texas Teams Houston, Dallas Meet In Saturday NBA Game

By: Willie Bee | Friday, December 7, 2012

Dallas Mavericks at Houston Rockets
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12/08/2012 at 8:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: NA
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Television: FOX Southwest

Dallas Mavericks: Already missing star Dirk Nowitzki since the start of the season, the Mavs (9-10 straight-up, 8-11 against the spread) came out of Thursday's win and cover at Phoenix with a couple more injury concerns. Chris Kaman, the team's second-leading scorer at 13.7 points per game, suffered a sprained left ankle while Shawn Marion, Dallas' leading rebounder (7.1 rebounds per game), went down with a groin injury. Both players are questionable for Saturday's tilt in Houston, and it could open the door for Brandan Wright to start at center with rookie Jae Crowder possibly replacing Marion at forward (click to check updated NBA injury report). The Mavericks are 3-7 on the NBA highway so far, covering the spread in four of the 10 away games. This marks the first game against a divisional opponent for the Mavs. Dallas won and covered all three games vs. the Rockets last season, including a 101-99 win at Toyota Center as a 3-point underdog.

Houston Rockets: Friday night finds the Rockets (9-8 SU, 9-7-1 ATS) in San Antonio for the front end of this back-to-back. The Spurs were laying 8½ in that contest with a 212-point total. Houston was riding a two-game winning streak into that matchup, both SU and ATS, winning and covering five of its last six heading into the clash with San Antonio. The Rockets came away with a 107-105 win over the Lakers on Tuesday in a game that closed as a Pick 'em and fell a bit shy of the 215½-point total. Houston shot under 38 percent for the contest, but the bench bailed the Bayou City ballers out by outscoring LA's reserves 59-20. James Harden shot a woeful 3-for-19 vs. the Lakers and suffered a injury to his right big toe, but he was expected to play against the Spurs on Friday. Houston is 7-3 at home so far, also covering seven of the 10 games, including the last five at Toyota Center.

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