HOU vs MIA Dream11: After dropping three straight games, Houston Rockets will look to get back to winning ways when they host Miami Heat in the inter-conference matchup in NBA at Toyota Center, on Thursday morning (IST).
Right from the beginning, the defence was the obvious problem for the Rockets, but due to its vast offensive resources, headed by none other than the giant in James harden, the Rockets outscored its opponents, and went on an 8-game winning run. But against Nikola Jokic and Denver Nuggets, Rockets found themselves crippled, both on the arc and inside the paint. The Los Angeles Lakers did a good job on Harden and his troops, while the Dallas Mavericks had too much firepower in the day and the Rockets not effective beyond James Harden.
The Rockets will score, and so will James Harden, but Doc Rovers must address his defence, because, at this moment, no lead seems enough for the Rockets.
For Miami Heat, the start to the nee season is beautiful, and the main and the immediate aim must be to keep the momentum going and rack up as many wins as possible before the all-star break.
As mentioned above, the Rockets lost the last three games. The latest being a 123-137 defeat at home against Dallas Mavericks. The Rockets are 7-3 in the last 10 games.
Miami Heat are also 7-3 in the last 10 matches but come into this game with a 117-100 win over Charlotte Hornets.
In terms of head-to-head encounters, there’s not much to separate these two teams. There have been only 65 regular-season meetings between Heat and Rockets, and it’s the team from the East edge the record with 33 wins against 32 defeats.
Host: Houston Rockets
Visitors: Miami Heat
Match Timing: November 28, @07:30 AM
Venue: Toyota Center
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James Harden: He is leading the entire NBA in points per game with an amazing average of 37.3. The 2018 NBA MVP is one of the hot candidates to win the coveted MVP this seaosn. Expect him to lead the scoring in this game.
Russell Westbrook: Not at the level he played in 2017 when he got his hands on the MVP, but the former Oklahoma City Thunder superstar is a talent with unique traits. He is averaging 22.2 points per game this season.
Kendrick Nunn: With Jimmy Butler out of this game due to an illness, Nunn will be the main man for the Heat in the offensive department. He is averaging 16.9 points per game.
Clint Capela: The 25-year-old Center has been in impressive form all season, and is averaging 14.6 points per game this season. He leads the team with 14.6 rebounds per game.
Bam Adebayo: heat’s big-man will have to be clinical inside the pain, for Harden and Co. are more than capable of taking the game away from them.
Houston Rockets: Clint Capela is listed as questionable due to illness. He will be monitored before the game. No other fresh injury issues facing the Rockets before the game.
That said, the usual suspects Eric Gordon (knee injury), Gerald Green (foot injury) and Nene Hilario (groin injury) remain on the sideline at this moment.
Houston Rockets squad: James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha, Clint Capela (Doubtful), Tyson Chandler, Gary Clark, Isaiah Hartenstein, Ben McLemore, Austin Rivers, P.J. Tucker, Chris Clemons
Miami Heat team news: Jimmy Butler hasn’t travelled with his teammates and stayed back in Miami due to an illness. He will be missing this match.
Heat Guard Dion Waiters remains suspended to due conduct behaviour, while KZ Okapala and Derrick Jones are both recovering from an Achilles Tendon injury and hip injury respectively and remain unavailable.
In addition, The Heat face more injury issues as Udonis Haslem (illness), James Johnson (illness) and Justise Winslow (concussion) all are listed as questionable before this game and will be monitored.
Miami Heat: Goran Dragić, Meyers Leonard, Bam Adebayo, James Johnson (Doubtful), Kelly Olynyk, Duncan Robinson, Kendrick Nunn, Tyler Herro, Chris Silva, Daryl Macon, Udonis Haslem, Justise Winslow (Questionable)
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PF: P. J. Tucker
SF: Ben McLemore
C: Clint Capela
PG: James Harden
SG: Russell Westbrook
PF: Tyler Herro
SF: Bam Adebayo
C: Meyers Leonard
PG: Justise Winslow / Duncan Robinson
SG: Kendrick Nunn
Houston Rockets: Austin Rivers, Thabo Sefolosha, Tyson Chandler, Chris Clemons
Miami Heat: Goran Dragic, James Johnson, Kelly Olynyk, Chris Silva
The Rockets will start the game as favorite.