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Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks game preview, Part 2

The Rockets look to sweep the home-and-home series with the Mavericks tonight in Dallas after beating the Mavs handily in Houston.

I still hate him and his stupid face.
I still hate him and his stupid face.
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I haven't changed anything from the matchups. It's not superstition, it's laziness.

Flush the last game, because this one is the most important of the season for the Rockets. The Rockets haven't won in Dallas since December 18, 2009. Yes, the Rockets beat the Mavs twice in a 2-week span in 2009, but couldn't beat them in 11 tries after that.


Tip-off at 7:30pm CST.

PG: Jeremy Lin vs. Darren Collison

Collison will split time with former Rocket Mike James.

For the Rockets, these games mark Aaron Brooks' return. Maybe he'll do this to them again.

Cold-blooded Aaron Brooks hits game-icing threes (via clutchfansDOTnet)

Advantage: Dallas

SG: James Harden vs. O.J. Mayo

Mayo had the Rockets' number earlier this year, dropping approximately 200 points on the good guys. I hate him.

Advantage: Dallas

SF: Chandler Parsons vs. Shawn Marion

I also hate Marion.

Advantage: Dallas

PF: Donatas Motiejunas vs. Dirk Nowitzki

Don't get me started.

Advantage: Dallas

C: Omer Asik vs. Chris Kaman

He's going for 50/25 tonight.

Advantage: Dallas


Mike James is a good veteran point guard. Vince Carter has revived his career in Dallas. Elton Brand is a great backup center. And Jae Crowder is a physical and athletic presence.

The Rockets have Patrick Beverley, Carlos Delfino, Thomas Robinson, Greg Smith and Francisco Garcia

Advantage: Dallas

Prediction: The Rockets can't stop the Mavs from doing Mavs things, lose 130-105.

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