Mavericks at Rockets
8:30 p.m. Saturday, Toyota Center, Houston
TV: KTXA/21, ESPN
Radio: ESPN/103.3 FM, ESPN/1540 AM (Spanish)
About the Mavericks: Barring any last-minute setback, small forward Chandler Parsons will be back in the starting lineup. Parsons missed the final six games of the regular season with swelling and soreness in his right knee. … Dallas acquired Rajon Rondo from the Boston Celtics on Dec. 18 specifically for special occasions such as this. The fiery point guard is a defensive specialist known for stepping up in big games. And he’ll definitely have his hands full against James Harden.
About the Rockets: The Southwest Division champion Rockets have been brimming with confidence all season, and have claimed this would be the year they win the NBA title. The Rockets wear down teams in a variety of ways — with their exceptional 3-point shooting, with James Harden on the pick-and-roll, and with Dwight Howard muscling inside for baskets. It’s a combination that has been lethal and helped the Rockets win their first divisional title since 1994.
— Dwain Price