Time: 9:30 eastern, 6:30 pacific
Watch on: ESPN
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
|Patrick Beverly||Jose Calderon|
|James Harden||Monta Ellis|
|Chandler Parsons||Shawn Marion|
|Terrence Jones||Dirk Nowitzki|
|Dwight Howard||Samuel Dalembert|
The last time these teams met: Just a few weeks ago; on November 1st the Rockets hosted the Mavericks and won 113-105. Dwight Howard had a double-double and James Harden dropped 34 points.
Story: The second of four meetings between these two teams from Texas. In their first meeting, Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle went to the "Hack-a-Howard" technique. Tonight he may not need to do that if the Mavericks offense can get a solid lead on this Rockets team, whose defense has been suspect at best lately. Will we see "Hack-a-Howard" tonight? Will Omer Asik be effective tonight after requesting a trade? Can the Mavericks take advantage of the Rockets poor defense?
History watch: Dirk Nowitzki needs 17 points to pass Reggie Miller for 15th on the all-time scoring list. He also needs to make just six more three-pointers to pass Antoine Walker for 24th all-time on that list and Vince Carter needs just three three-pointers to tie Steve Nash for 10th all-time.
Stat you didn't know: The Mavericks are undefeated at home this year (5-0) and they are undefeated when Monta Ellis dishes out at least 5 assists (5-0).
Prediction: Dirk and Monta play great and take advantage of the Rockets defense to even up the series.
Rockets: 106, Mavericks: 114
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