HOU vs DAL Dream11: The game not only brings two of the best Western Conference teams but it pits James Harden and Luka Doncic against each other as well. The duo has been the unequivocal leaders for their res[ective teams, and will no doubt e looking to do the same here when Houston Rockets host Dallas Mavericks at Toyota Center.
Houston lost a bit of momentum following two tough defeats in the last two games, with the last one coming against Kawhi Leonard and Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. That was the flagship game, a match which was a measuring stick for both sets of fans to see where their teams stand and stacks against the other mighty teams.
The 122-119 defeat at Staples Center followed the negative result at Denver Nuggets, that ended Rockets' 8-game winning run. Not much should be looked into those defeats though, as no team is perfect and the regular season is so long and arduous that the occasional defeats are unavoidable, and almost feels like the part and parcel of a team's journey.
The Rockets are 3rd in the Western Conference and hold an 11-5 record in the regular season.
Dallas Mavericks, meanwhile, have surprised one and all, especially Luka Doncic. We feel surprised, not because Doncic is being surreal, but the numbers he has been racking up at this early in his carer, are just phenomenal.
The Mavericks are on a roll and will head to the Toyota Center with an aim to stretch their four-game winning run.
Both the teams have faced each other a total of 179 times in the regular season before their next game. Houston Rockets hold the advantage in the head-to-head encounter with 96 wins, while the Mavericks have 83 wins.
The Rockets have 10 wins in the last 12 games against the Mavericks, but the series split up last season with each team recording two wins apiece.
Host: Houston Rockets
Visitors: Dallas Mavericks
Match Timing: November 25, @02:00 AM
Venue: Toyota Center, in downtown Houston, Texas
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James Harden: A few players stand out in every game and Mr Beard is certainly one of them. He is just incredible, a future Hall of Famer, and a runaway MVP candidate (Bucks‘ Giannis Antetokounmpo will have his say though), after all, he is racking up points at an insane 38.3 per game.
Luka Doncic: Fighting James Harden for the most impactful player in this game will be Luka Doncic, the reigning rookie of the year. The 20-year-old Slovenian leads the team in points per game (29.9), rebounds per game (10.4) and assists per game (9.7).
Russell Westbrook: With Harden and Doncic hogging all the limelights ahead of this game, we almost forget that the Rockets have the 2017 NBA MVP and the king of triple-double Russell Westbrook on their roster. He is more than capable of overshadowing both Harden and Doncic.
Kristaps Porzingis: The former New York Knicks star is definitely a game-changer. He is averaging 18.1 points per game, 8.9 rebounds per game and leads the team with 2.3 blocks per game.
Houston Rockets: Danuel House will be monitored before the game. He missed the last game due to a shoulder injury.
Meanwhile, the likes of Eric Gordon (knee), Gerald Green (foot injury) and Nene Hilario (groin injury) remain on the sideline with their respective injuries and will be missing the game.
Houston Rockets likely squad for Dallas Mavericks match: James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha, Clint Capela, Tyson Chandler, Gary Clark, Isaiah Hartenstein, Ben McLemore, Austin Rivers, P.J. Tucker, Chris Clemons
Dallas Mavericks Team news: Seth Curry missed Mavericks' clash against the Cleveland Cavaliers due to an illness and remains a doubt for this game.
Dallas Mavericks: Luka Dončić, Delon Wright, Seth Curry, Maxi Kleber, Dorian Finney-Smith, Kristaps Porziņģis, Ryan Broekhoff, Jalen Brunson, J.J. Barea, Dwight Powell, Courtney Lee, Justin Jackson, Tim Hardaway Jr.,
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PF: P. J. Tucker
SF: Ben McLemore
C: Clint Capela
PG: James Harden
SG: Russell Westbrook
PF: Kristaps Porzingis
SF: Dorian Finney-Smith
C: Dwight Powell
PG: Luka Doncic
SG: Tim Hardaway Jr.
Houston Rockets: Austin Rivers, Thabo Sefolosha, Tyson Chandler, Chris Clemons
Dallas Mavericks: Justin Jackson, Delon Wright, Maxi Kleber, Boban Marjanovic, J. J. Barea, Jalen Brunson, Ryan Broekhoff, Courtney Lee
Rockets are 6-1 at home, while the Mavericks boast a good return away from home four wins and 2 defeats from six games. We back the Rockets to win this game.