Rockets vs Mavericks Live: The Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets do battle at the Wide World of Sports Complex on Friday night. The Dallas Mavericks will be eager to get back into the swing of things as they were playing some of their best basketball before the season suspension.
GAME: NBA 2020
When: July 31,
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Luka Doncic has made a strong case for MVP this season as he has averaged 28.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game, Kristaps Porzingis averaged 19.2 points with 9.5 rebounds per game, Tim Hardaway Jr. averaged 15.8 points per game while Seth Curry averaged 12.6 points per game off the bench. In terms of injuries, the Mavericks are without Dwight Powell, Jalen Brunson, Courtney Lee and Willie Cauley-Stein.
Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets came into this season with a vengeance as they traded away Clint Capela for Robert Covington in a shock move to reinforce their small-ball tactics.
James Harden led the team with averages of 34.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game, Russell Westbrook averaged 27.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game while Eric Gordon averaged 14.5 points per game. As a team, the Rockets averaged 11.8.1 points per game which ranked second in the league.
Looking at the betting trends, the Mavericks are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games as a road underdog, 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games as an underdog and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 road games. The Mavericks are 1-7 ATS in their last eight home games against a team with a winning road record and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Friday games.
Head to head, the under is 10-4-1 in the last 15 meetings overall and the Rockets are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings overall.
The Mavericks come into this one with a few injuries, but all their key players are there which is so key with the playoffs just around the corner. The Rockets are already without Thabo Sefalosha and they will also be without Eric Gordon who is expected to miss at least two weeks after spraining his ankle in Tuesday’s scrimmage. This game has major playoff implications, so this is serious business for both teams, but in the end I have the Mavericks winning in a close one as the Rockets struggle without Gordon.
The NBA restart continues, and you can watch the Rockets vs Mavericks live stream tomorrow night to see the Texas showdown.
The NBA season resumed this week, with games played for the first time since March 11. The NBA bubble season is taking place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, inside Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The Rockets vs Mavericks game is one of the “seeding games” to finish out the regular season, before the playoffs begin.The Rockets vs Mavericks game isn’t just an intrastate rivalry, but could determine the playoffs status of both teams. Right now, the Houston Rockets are 40-24 at in sixth place in the Western Conference. The Dallas Mavericks are 40-27 and sit in seventh place.
The Rockets are led by the superstar duo of James Harden and Russell Westbrook. However, guard Eric Gordon will not play due to an ankle injury he suffered during scrimmages. As for the Mavericks, they’re led by Luka Doncic, who was making a case for NBA MVP before the break. According to FanDuel, the Mavericks are the 1.5-point favorites. If you’ve had to leave your own “bubble” — or you’ve been hit by a dreaded local blackout — and you can’t watch Rockets vs Mavericks live streams on cable, you’re not out of luck. With a virtual private network, or VPN, you can appear to be surfing the web from your home town (or somewhere that blackouts won’t hit), and access the same streaming services you already paid for.
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It’s been difficult to get myself up for the scrimmage games, and I’ve made it known that I don’t think the NBA should have finished the season in the first place. I respect the fact that people need a diversion, and I’m impressed with the ability of the NBA to eliminate positive COVID tests in the Orlando bubble. Luckily for the average fan, the league didn’t take my opinion into account when they made the decision to restart the season.
Anyway, the Rockets start their seeding games tonight with the opponent hot on their heels in the Western Conference standings, the Dallas Mavericks. The Rockets and Mavs have met twice already this year, with the season series being split 1-1. Therefore, tonight’s game represents the tiebreaker between the two teams. However, since Houston is starting the seeding games having played three fewer games total than Dallas, the teams cannot possibly be tied by the end of the year and thus the tiebreaker goes out the window. A loss tonight still leaves Houston a half-game ahead of Dallas and fully in control of their destiny when it comes to the sixth spot in the West.
And make no mistake: both teams are desperate to stay out of the seventh spot. With the Los Angeles Clippers currently holding the second spot (though they are only 1.5 games up on Denver), all four teams in the Utah-OKC-Houston-Dallas quartet will be fighting to stay away from a first round date with Kawhi Leonard and the dangerous Clips. Most pundits, including several of us here at The Dream Shake, see the Western Conference Finals being sure to involve the two Los Angeles teams. While the Clippers aren’t necessarily concerned with dropping to the third seed since homecourt advantage is irrelevant, we might see some jockeying by the aforementioned four teams leading in the final games based on the Clips’ position in the standings.
The Mavericks went 2-1 in their scrimmages, with wins over the Lakers and 76ers. Obviously, those wins don’t tell us much about how well they are playing, but the Mavs scored 108 or more in each game, including the first scrimmage where the quarters were just ten minutes long. That bodes well for their offense. Defensively, they aren’t likely to slow many teams down, especially with injuries sidelining Dwight Powell and Courtney Lee, and Willie Cauley-Stein skipping the restart due to expecting a child. Jalen Brunson is also out with an injury.
Dallas can still throw Rocket-killer Tim Hardaway Jr. and Dorian Finney-Smith at James Harden, with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist available as well. Kristaps Porzingis has had some big games against Houston, and if he’s willing to play inside he could have a big night. The Mavs have used him as a stretch five to give Luka Doncic more room to maneuver, in what is yet another way in which Doncic is basically just James Harden if the media treated him fairly. The Mavs have copied Houston’s strategy of surrounding Luka with four shooters most of the time, and it works.
Houston will be hit hard by the loss of Eric Gordon, who is likely to miss all of the seeding games. The value of EG has been dissected ad nauseam here, but there’s no denying that the Rockets are at their best when EG is healthy and playing well. He’ll be missed. Houston needs Danuel House Jr. to step up in a way he didn’t last year when the games mattered.