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Preview: Houston Rockets At Dallas Mavericks

The Rockets are coming off a blowout win at home against the Boston Celtics and head to Dallas to face the Mavericks. The Rockets defeated the Mavericks by eight in the second game of the season. The Mavericks have started the season 5-0 at home, while the Rockets have lost six in a row against the Mavericks in Dallas. Tonight’s game is at 8:30 PM and will be nationally televised on ESPN.

 

The Matchups

Point Guard: Patrick Beverley v.s. Jose Calderon

A very underrated point guard, Calderon would actually be a very nice fit in Houston. Calderon is a great shooter, great passer, and is a smart point guard. However, Calderson struggles defensively and Beverley should be able to take advantage of the slower point guard.

Edge: Mavericks

 

Shooting Guard: James Harden v.s. Monta Ellis

Monta Ellis is averaging 22 ppg on just under 17 shots a game. That’s better than usual for the volume shooter, which is the reason he’s headed for a career year. If the Rockets choose Harden to defend Ellis, it could be a long night for the Rockets if Ellis is firing on all cylinders.

Edge: Rockets

 

Small Forward: Chandler Parsons v.s. Shawn Marion

Parsons kind of reminds me of a younger Shawn Marion. Parsons has struggled from three-point territory this season but he’s still averaging 16.5 ppg. Marion is still better than serviceable and is the team’s leading rebounder with 8 per game.

Edge: Rockets

 

Power Forward: Terrence Jones v.s. Dirk Nowitzki

Jones is coming off a career performance with 24 points and 9 boards last night. The Rockets have played a lot better with Jones in the starting lineup, though Jones draws a tough task against Nowitzki tonight.

Edge: Mavericks

Center: Dwight Howard v.s. Samuel Dalembert

Dalembert is averaging 7.5 ppg and 7.3 rpg, which is about what you could expect from him.

Edge: Rockets

 

Bench:

Mavericks – Vince Carter, DeJuan Blair, Jae Crowder, Gal Mekel, Wayne Ellington

Rockets – Omer Asik (maybe), Jeremy Lin Francisco GarciaOmri CasspiAaron BrooksDonatas Motiejunas

Asik saw some garbage minutes last night and it appears as if he’s still in McHale’s doghouse.

Edge: Rockets

 

Prediction - Should be a very close battle that could go either way. Rockets 109-107.

 

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