The Mavericks are looking for a Texas-sized bounce back

March 11, 2022

Mavericks at Rockets 

Toyota Center – Houston, TX 
7:00 PM ET 
Dallas -10.5 

The battle of Texas could be a little lopsided. Things don’t shape up well for Houston tonight, as an angry Dallas team rolls into town. 

Sure, the Rockets are feeling good about themselves right now. Despite being 17-49 on the season, they’re coming off one of their biggest wins of the season, besting the Lakers in overtime on Wednesday night. But the high spirits might not last long. 

That same night, Dallas saw their five-game winning streak come to an end. And it occurred in stunning fashion, as the Mavericks lost by 30 on their home court to the Knicks. 

Dallas has had two days to stew on the loss. They’ll be ready to go tonight. 

Plus, the Mavericks have added motivation. They’ve seen Denver catch them in the Western Conference standings, as the teams were tied for the No. 5 seed after Wednesday night. But the Nuggets loss to the Warriors last night creates an opportunity for Dallas to once again take a one-game lead. 

It all adds up to a bad night for the Rockets. The Mavericks are miffed and they have something big at stake. Dallas will roll. 

Jason Schlefsky’s pick: Dallas -10.5 (-110) 

Friday’s Quick Picks 

New York +9.5 (-110) 
New Orleans +2.5 (-110) 

Thursday’s Winners 

Brooklyn +4.5 (-110) 
Golden State -1.5 (-110)