Match Timing: March 18, 2019, @ 06:30 AM IST
NBA Regular Season
Venue – Toyota Center
HOU vs MIN Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
Houston Rockets can win their 10th game in 11 matches when they host a struggling Minnesota Timberwolves in a regular season NBA match at Toyota Center, in downtown Houston, Texas, on Monday morning (IST).
Houston Rockets are 3rd in the Western Conference and are on course to enjoy the post-season life, yet again. This is the lest expected of a team boasting the reigning MVP on their roster. But a mere qualification to the playoffs won’t be enough for James Harden who himself was quite vocal about his desire to be counted amongst the very best the game has ever seen. He is right beyond doubts as Mr. Beard is just too good a talent to get content with the playoff badge on his sleeves.
That’s why it’s imperative that Rockets finish at least 3rd in their conference. The reason being that they would be avoiding Golden State Warriors until conference finals. Though Rockets will have to scuffle with the Dubs ultimately if they are to enter the NBA finals, avoiding them for long could give Harden and Co. a shot in their arms for the ultimate glory.
As things stand in the Western Conference, Rockets possess a 43-26 record, one game advantage over 4th placed Portland Trail Blazers and 1.5 games over Oklahoma City Thunder.
Rockets should qualify as a 3rd placed team, and there are reasons to believe that. First, they are in a very good form, and second, they have a benign looking fixture list.
Minnesota Timberwolves, meanwhile, are 10th in the Western Conference with a 32-37 record so far in the regular season. It’s highly unlikely that they could qualify to the playoffs.
Regular Season Record-
Houston Rockets: W-43, L-26
Minnesota Timberwolves: W-32, L-37
Players to watch out for:
James Harden – LeBron James may be the best of this generation, but James Harden’s consistency and effect make him one of the best player in the last few seasons or so. Mr. Beard is the reigning MVP, and he looks every ounce of that player this season, as he is racking up a season-high 36.1 points per game. The 28-year-old is also racking up points at 30.12 efficiency rate.
Eric Gordon – The 30-year-old is in good form. Along with Clint Capela and Chris Paul he forms a perfect supporting cast for James Harden. The shooting guard is averaging 18.7 points per game in his last 9 matches.
Karl-Anthony Towns – Three scores in the 40s and two in the 30s in the last nine games, it’s enough to show that the 23-year-old is in incredible form at the moment. He deserves to win more games than what Wolves have managed this season.
HOU vs MIN Dream11 TEAM NEWS:
Injured – No Rockets’ player has been listed as out as of yet.
Questionable – James Harden is listed as questionable for Monday’s match against Minnesota due to a cervical strain. He will be evaluated before the match.
Chris Paul, meanwhile, was given a rest in the last match with the reason being overload. The former Los Angeles Clippers’ inclusion in this match is questionable.
Suspended – None.
Injured – Robert Covington remains a long-term absentee with a knee injury, while the veteran forward Luol Dieng is still out with an Achilles tendon injury.
Questionable – Wolves could be without two more players like Derrick Rose (elbow injury) and Jeff Teague (foot injury) are battling with injuries.
Suspended – None.
HOU vs MIN Dream11 Teams (Starting Lineup; Probables):
From the bench (Probables):
HOU vs MIN Dream11 Fantasy Team:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
An inconsistent Minnesota Timberwolves taking the road to face Houston Rockets who have suffered just 10 losses in home matches this season, it’s looking a task too far far the visitors.
A win for the hosts is our call.
NOTE: THIS HOU vs MIN Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.