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Houston Rockets vs Dallas Mavericks NBA Playoffs Game 3 Betting Odds, Free Pick

The NBA Playoffs on Friday night and we will see the Houston Rockets travel to the American Airlines Center to take on the Dallas Mavericks in game 3 of their best-of-seven series. Free Pick to follow. The game has a start time of 7:00 pm (Eastern) and will be televised on ESPN. Current Vegas betting odds have Dallas listed as 1 point favorites, while the total is set at 214.5. 

Analysis: The Houston Rockets are proving to be a very dangerous team down the stretch as the have won 15 of their last 19 games, including taking the first two games of this series, with both wins coming by DD. The Rockets have gone 26-15 on the year, including 1-1 in games played at Dallas. Houston has gone 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 2 days rest and 6-1 ATS the last 7 games in this series. The Rockets have scored 104.1 ppg on 44.5% shooting overall and 33.9% from long range on the road this year. Defensively they have struggled away from home as they have allowed 103.0 ppg on 45.0% shooting overall and 34.9% shooting from long range.  

Down the Stretch there was allot of talk about Dallas being the team that everyone wanted to play and after their first two games vs Houston we can see why as this team is just not a good team right now, especially defensively. Dallas lost both games by DD, allowing 118 and 111 points in the process. The Mavericks are 13-5-1 ATS in their last 19 Conference Quarterfinals games, but just 13-31-2 ATS in their last 46 vs. the Western Conference. Dallas has gone 27-14 at home and have scored 106.6 ppg on 47.2% shooting overall and 34.6% from long range at home for the year. Defensively they have not been so good at home, allowing 102.4 ppg on 44.5% shooting overall and 37.4% shooting from long range.  

Pick: I am going with the Over in this game. Dallas plays all offense and no defense in their home games while Houston has done the same on the road. The games played here between these teams are usually high scoring and i see this one following suit. Also with Dallas being down 2-0 i see them throwing everything they can at the Rockets. I look for 220+ points in this one.

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