It'll be a battle of division foes when the Houston Rockets welcome the Dallas Mavericks to Toyota Center. With an 18-10 record, the Rockets are setting themselves up nicely for the rest of the season. On the other end, the Mavericks are playing well this season and sport a record of 15-12. This game is slated to start at 8:00 pm EST and it will be covered by FSN-SW and CSN-HOU.
The Rockets come into today's game after defeating Detroit, 114-97. Dwight Howard fueled the Rockets, recording 35 points and 19 rebounds to notch his 18th double-double of the season. Meanwhile, the Mavericks are feeling some disappointment after the 123-108 loss against the Suns. Brandan Wright stood out for Dallas, accumulating 19 points, as well as 6 rebounds and 4 blocks. The two teams have split the two matchups this season. The Mavericks had the upper hand in the most recent game, a close 123-120 win. In the victory, Monta Ellis led all scorers with 37 points.
The aggressive Houston offense seems poised to dominate from the foul line. They rank first in the NBA at getting to the stripe (FTA rate of 39.5), while Dallas is among the league's most foul-prone squads (giving up a 28th-ranked FTA rate of 31.4).