NBA: Houston at Dallas (9:30 PM ET, TNT)

NBA: Houston at Dallas (9:30 PM ET, TNT)

Tonight's late feature game on TNT between Houston and Dallas has more juicy storylines than The Globe, America's most honest newspaper


2008-03-06

Tonight's late feature game on TNT between Houston and Dallas has more juicy storylines than The Globe, America's most honest newspaper. Of course, it also is accompanied by the best Betting Lines at Sportsbook.com.

With the Rockets' 16-game winning streak on the line, the excitement of an in-state rivalry, and the recent addition of PG Jason Kidd to the Dallas lineup, this game figures to be one of the heaviest played games of the season at Sportsbook. Be sure to keep up with the latest on the Betting Trends pages to see what your peers are thinking about the game.

Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas pulled an Olivia Newton-John and got physical with Utah's Andrei Kirilenko and was given flagrant-1 call by Sternmaster Dave and has to sit out tonight's Southwest showdown.

How about all those pundits that said Houston (40-20, 34-25-1 ATS) was dead with the loss of Yao Ming. All the Rockets have done is win four more games by an average of 19.5 points per game, as the winning streak has soared to 16 games, longest in team history. Chase bettors are trying to get a second mortgage with all there losses mounting, stubbornly believing the Rockets have to lose. Many have turned to the use of maieutic logic to understand what Houston has done.

The Houston winning streak has is now at surreal proportions, when one considers this is 19.5 percent of the entire NBA regular season. If ever the Rockets would be believed to lose, it would be tonight. Houston has also lost five straight in Dallas and 10 of its last 11 (2-8-1 ATS) trips there. The Rockets' only win during that stretch was a 124-114 victory on Jan. 12, 2005.

Nevertheless, this team is so focused; they have the ability to destroy opponents, while thinking about next game. "I think most of us are already focused on Dallas," said Shane Battier, after beating Indiana 117-99. "We know that this game, while significant, doesn't really guarantee us anything." With Tracy McGrady and Rafer Alston leading the way, Houston is up to fifth in the Western standings, breathing down the necks of all ahead of them.

The Rockets have opened as 5.5-point road underdogs at Sportsbook.com, and are 9-2 ATS in this exact role this season. With the offense running more precisely than a Swiss time piece, Houston is 14-3 ATS after scoring 100 or more points.

Dallas (39-22, 26-32-3 ATS) will try to avoid second three game losing streak of the season, with last occurring back in late November. The Mavericks own the second best home record in the league at 25-3; though have not been overly impressive with 12-13-3 ATS mark. Coach Avery Johnson is not pleased about defensive effort, as his team has yielded 100 points three straight games. Dallas only covers 27.4 percent of the time, after opponents break the century mark in previous contest. (14-37-1 ATS)

This will be the nightcap on TNT starting at 9:35 Eastern.

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