Written and authored by National Basketball Association Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes. The teams play on Tuesday April 21st, 2015. At 9:30 PM EST on the TNT Television Network.
The (50-33) and number seven seed Dallas Mavericks of the Western Conference Southwest Division stay in “SPACE CITY” for game 2 of the best of seven series. Dallas will play the (57-26) and seven seed Houston Rockets also of the Western Conference Southwest in 2015 NBA Playoff first round action. The teams will play at Toyota Center Houston, Texas. The best Sports Handicapper believes the Dallas Mavericks must improve their defense. The Houston Rockets must continue to play at a fast pace, and their Center must expose his will. The opening betting line has Houston as a five and a half point home favorite Against The Spread. The betting odds total is 215′ for Tuesday’s “BATTLE OF THE LONE STAR STATE”.
The 2015 Dallas lost game one of the series 118-108. Forward Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with twenty-four points in the game one road loss. Center Tyson Chandler grabbed a team-high eighteen rebounds; Chandler also had two steals. Dallas averages 105.2 points per contest in the regular season, first in the Southwest and third league wide. The Mavericks defense ranks nineteenth in the NBA, they must lower the number if they are going to advance. Head Coach Rick Carlisle has a defense-first mindset, but players are not buying into his theory. Forward Chandler Parsons is questionable for Tuesday’s game with a knee injury. Reserve Point Guard Devin Harris is also questionable with a sore toe. Parsons and Harris are important elements in the Dallas game plan. the betting odds over the total are 6-0 Dallas last six following a Point Spread loss. The Dallas Mavericks are 3-3 their last six 2015 NBA Betting Predictions away from home, going over the betting odds total in all six. Dallas is 1-5 ATS their last six at Houston. The key to a Dallas win is to play tough interior defense. The must also defend the perimeter by contesting open jump shots. Dallas has enough firepower offensively, look for the pace of the game to slow down. Bovada lists the Dallas Mavericks at 100/1 to win the 2015 NBA Championship.
The 2015 Houston Rockets are on a four-game win streak including three in a row to close the regular season. Houston is 3-1 ATS in the four-game span. Guard James Harden poured in a team-high twenty-four points in thirty-nine minutes in game one. Harden also dished out eleven assists. Center Dwight Howard made his presence felt early, by blocking a couple of shots. Forward Trevor Ariza had a team leading eleven rebounds in the game one victory. Jason Terry and Corey Brewer combined for thirty-one points. Terry got the start for the injured Patrick Beverly. The Houston offense ranks fifth overall scoring the basketball in the league. The Rockets defense allows opponents 100.5 points per contest. The Houston Rockets are 6-4 their last ten Against The Number, going over the betting odds total seven times and staying under the betting odds total three. Houston is 5-0 ATS their last five NBA Playoff opening round games. The betting odds over the total are 4-0 Houston last four at home vs. A team with a winning road record. The betting odds under the total are 4-1 the last five meetings between the teams. Houston must continue to play with the same intensity they brought in game one. Center Dwight Howard play was inspiring in the series opener; Howard was in “BEAST MODE”. The former Orlando Magic star was running the court and blocking shots with enthusiasm to match his intensity. Bovada Lv has the Houston Rockets at 8/1 to win the 2015 NBA Western Conference Title.