Still struggling on the road, Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets can enjoy the comforts of home as they take on the Dallas Mavericks Saturday night at the Toyota Center.
Failing to capitalize on a big win over the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston fell to the San Antonio Spurs 114-92 thanks to San Antonio’s bench chipping in 59 points.
The Rockets hit just 38 percent of their field goals, and only guard James Harden ws able to score. Harden finished with 29 points, five assists and four steals, while Lin went just 2-for-9 for four points and six rebounds.
Lin especially had trouble keeping San Antonio’s Tony Parker in front of him. Parker netted 17 points and dropped seven assists on the night. The Spurs led by as much as 33 points, and outrebounded Houston 50-37.
The loss pushed the Rockets road record to 2-6. Houston hasn't won on the road since the second game of the season against Atlanta on Nov. 2.
Houston, 7-3 at home this year, can take comfort in their four game homestand beginning against the Mavericks.
Dallas has struggled without forward Dirk Nowitzki, who is still recovering from knee surgery he underwent in October.
Originally expected to return in mid-December, Nowitzki said Thursday that his timetable for return has been pushed back to next year.
Currently the Mavericks are 9-10, just barely staying afloat in the crowded Western Conference.
Dallas has relied on off-season acquisition O.J. Mayo to pick up the scoring, and the veteran scored a game-high 23 points in the Mavericks 97-94 win over the Phoenix Suns Thursday. Brandan Wright and Darren Collison came off the bench to score 16 points each, and center Chris Kaman chipped in 15 points and seven rebounds.
Kaman, who left Thursday’s game with a sprained ankle, could play against Houston, and forward Shawn Marion may also play through a strained groin.
The game tips-off at 8 p.m. EDT and you can watch a live stream online by purchasing NBA League Pass Broadband.
Betting Odds: Houston is favored by 6 points.
Over/Under: 208 points
Prediction: Harden should be able to check Mayo for most of the game, but Lin will have to get out of his shooting slump for the Rockets to win. Look for Houston to pull away midway through the fourth quarter for the win.
Predicted Score: Houston 105 , Dallas 97
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