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Game Thread: Mavericks (55-25) at Rockets (42-38)

WHO: The Houston Rockets host the Dallas Mavericks

WHAT: The last road game of the regular season... yipes

WHERE: Toyota Center, Houston, TX

WHEN: 7:30pm CT

HOW: League Pass | FSSW-DAL | FSH | KESN | KILT

THE STORY: The Mavericks had a good-looking, easy win over the Phoenix Suns last night, and hopefully that drama-free momentum will carry over to their in-state rivals (no, not THOSE rivals) tonight. The Rockets could possibly be playing without their two starters, Luis Scola and Kyle Lowrey, which would make a victory easier to come by. A few links are included below, and don't fall asleep, lest you want to visit The Dream Shake.

Mavericks-Rockets Preview - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
The race in the Western Conference is getting very interesting, and the Dallas Mavericks are looking to take advantage. The Mavericks will try to end a three-game road skid and continue their push for home-court advantage through the first two rounds Monday night when they meet the Houston Rockets, who could be without two starters.

Inside Report: Mavericks-Rockets preview — Mavs push towards West's No. 2 seed, try to sweep Rockets
It’s been a long and winding road, but now the Mavericks are exactly where they thought they’d be at this point in the season, entering Monday night’s matchup with the Houston Rockets in position to claim the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoff picture.

Can Peja Stojakovic be the real X factor? - Dallas Mavericks Blog - ESPN Dallas
Young Rodrigue Beaubois was the anticipated X factor. Perhaps veteran Peja Stojakovic can be the real one for the Dallas Mavericks. Between his six-game injury absence in March and some sporadic playing time of late, sometimes one can forget that Stojakovic was added to the team back in January.

Mavericks post rare drama-free win; Jason Terry talks about outburst
What happened at the American Airlines Center Sunday night will not be remembered as one of the Mavericks’ more significant wins of the season. But for the first time this month, the team did not endure a confidence-sapping loss or the sight of one of their most important players flipping out.