Monday’s NBA preview breaks down the feature game between the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks, along with NBA tips for all other matches being played today.
10:00 (AEDT), Mon 11th Mar @ American Airlines Center
History: Played 194: Rockets 103 V Mavericks 91
Last meeting: February 11, 2018: Rockets 120 d Mavericks 104 at Toyota Center
Final Thoughts: The Western Conference’s Texas derby sees the 13th-placed Dallas Mavericks attempt to upset the third-placed Houston Rockets’ roll.
The 40-25 Rockets have won seven straight. The run includes away victories over the Warriors and Celtics, while they pumped the 76ers at home 107-91 two days ago.
James Harden is averaging 36.6 points, 7.5 assists and 6.5 rebounds. He is not expected to miss time despite picking up a wrist injury against the Sixers.
The 27-38 Mavericks have won just won of their last 10. Their current four-game losing streak has featured losses to the Grizzlies, Nets, Wizards and Magic.
The Mavs continue to rely heavily on rookie Luka Doncic, who is averaging 21.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.6 assists.
The Rockets have won nine of the last 11 games between the sides. The Mavericks ended an eight-game losing streak in the rivalry with a pair of victories earlier this season – 128-108 in Houston, 107-104 in Dallas – but the Rockets won last month’s home encounter 120-104.
Harden had 31 points, 7 assists and 8 rebounds in the Rockets’ victory. Doncic put up 21 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists for the Mavericks.
The the Mavericks have won just one of their last four games in Dallas, the Mavericks’ trump card is a strong 21-11 home record this season. Conversely, the Rockets are a modest 17-16 on the road but have won four straight away.
Houston should get the win but expect Dallas to make them graft for it.
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