Scouting report: At Dallas
When/where: 5 p.m. today; American Airlines Center. TV/radio: ATTSW; 790 AM, 850 AM (Spanish), 101.7 FM (Spanish).
Rockets (11-13) update: They have won their last four games at Dallas. … The Rockets have lost seven of their last nine 9 road games as they complete a three-game road trip. … The Rockets are 10-2 when leading after three quarters and 1-11 when trailing. … The Rockets have been the fourth-best team in offensive rating in the first quarter this season and the fourth-worst in the fourth quarter. … Forward P.J. Tucker has made one of nine shots in the first two games of the road trip. He had made seven of 12 attempts in the previous two games. … James Harden’s two assists against Utah on Thursday were his fewest of the season after averaging 10.3 in his previous nine games. He had 25 points, 17 assists, 11 rebounds and six steals in the first game against the Mavericks. … Against the Jazz, center Clint Capela got nine of his 10 rebounds on the offensive boards. He ranks third in the NBA in offensive rebounds per game. … Center Marquese Chriss (sprained left ankle), guard Brandon Knight (knee rehab) and center Zhou Qi (sprained left ankle) are out.
Mavericks (12-11) update: Their win at Toyota Center last month snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Rockets. … The Mavericks are 10-2 at home this season. … In the victory at Houston, Devin Harris became the first player to score at least 20 points with four assists in 15 or fewer minutes off the bench. Guard J.J. Barea became the first reserve to score at least 10 points with 12 assists in 18 or fewer minutes. … With DeAndre Jordan averaging 13.5 rebounds per game, ranking third in the NBA, the Mavericks rank fourth in the NBA in defensive rebounding percentage … Maxi Kleber (left great toe sprain) and Dennis Smith Jr. (right wrist sprain) are doubtful. Salah Mejri (right elbow strain) is probable. Dirk Nowitzki (left ankle surgery) is out. Statistically speaking: 47 — games last season before the Rockets had 13 losses.