Mar 13, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle gives instructions to Dallas Mavericks power forward Brandan Wright (34) during the second quarter against the Washington Wizards at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE
The Mavericks begin a tough final four games in the NBA's regular season with a contest against struggling in-state foe Houston.
Dallas (34-28) enters the final four-game stretch of the NBA's regular season in in seventh place in the Western Conference - 1 1/2 games ahead of Houston and Phoenix, who are tied for eighth. However, Dallas has a rough final stretch - playing road games against playoff teams Chicago and Atlanta. But Dallas has won six in a row against the ailing Rockets, including two games this season.
The Mavericks will need to bounce back from back-to-back losses to the Lakers and Utah, setbacks that kept the Mavericks from creating a cushion in the playoff race.
The Mavericks have a tough final stretch of games, with three opponents in playoff contention - including road games against Chicago and Atlanta. However, they have won six in a row over the Rockets, including both meetings this season.
Date / Time: Wednesday, April 18, 7:30 p.m. CT
Location: American Airlines Arena, Dallas, Texas
TV: NBA League Pass, KTXA
Radio: Mavs Radio Network, 103.3 FM ESPN
Line: Mavericks (-6)