NBA action will see the Mavericks take on the Rockets tonight. Here we look at the match preview and where you can watch the game.
The Rockets will take on the Mavericks in what will be a clash between two of the best offensive teams in the league. The Mavericks and the Rockets have split their season head-to-head so far.
Both teams will look to win their first game back after a four-and-a-half month hiatus. The Mavericks will hope to win against the Rockets and move upwards in the NBA table to avoid a first round clash against Kawhi and his Clippers.
The Mavericks have punched above their weight this season and looked in great touch during the scrimmages. The Rockets on the other hand will hope that their squad can support the all-star duo of James Harden and Russell Westbrook.
Luka Doncic will be up against the duo of Harden and Westbrook and will be hoping he can pull off something magical tonight. Kristaps Porzingis will be there to help him out and it should be an interesting
Where to watch Rockets vs Mavericks on TV and Online?
The clash is set to begin at 9 PM EST. As with every game in the league, this clash will be available on the NBA TV. The NBA TV is available on all platforms. However, viewers need a NBA League Pass to access it.
The game will also be telecasted nationally on FOX SPORTS SOUTHWEST – DALLAS, ESPN. Regionally, it will be telecasted via a Rockets broadcast on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. ESPN 103.3 FM will also provide a radio coverage of the game.
Team Preview – Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks had a regular season record of 40-27 before the league came to a halt. The team has been ably led by Luka Doncic who is one of the candidates to win the MVP award and is also one of the frontrunners to win the NBA Most Improved Player of the Year award.
The Mavericks have the best offense this year in terms of efficiency at 115.8 points per 100 possessions. Luka Doncic has had staggering numbers this season and he leads the team in points scored and assists delivered. The all-star averages 28.7 points, 8.7 points and 9.3 rebounds this season. He has been ably supported by Kristaps Porzingis who has averaged 19.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 0.7 steals per game.
Dallas however aren’t as sound when it comes to defence and the Rockets are pretty good against teams that don’t quite know how to setup against their small ball play. Harden uses the isolation play to perfection and Westbrook knows how to spread the floor and go in for those drives. It will be a challenging night for the Mavs defence.
Expected starting line-up: Luka Doncic, Seth Curry, Tim Hardaway Jr., Maxi Kleber, Kristaps Porzingis
Team preview – Houston Rockets
The Houston Rockets will look to stay clear of the Mavericks and overtake the Thunder when they take the court tomorrow. The James Harden led-side have a current record of 40-24 this season.
The Rockets’ offense has predictably been one of the best in the league. Harden has been the leading scorer this season and the former MVP showed just how good he is with the ball in hand during the Grizzlies scrimmage.
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) July 30, 2020
Rockets have wonderfully adjusted to getting Westbrook on board, with both Harden and Westbrook bringing forth contrasting offensive techniques to the fore. The duo are exciting as ever and should put on a show tonight.
Meanwhile, the Rockets lost Eric Gordon to a knee injury for a minimum of 2 weeks. However, head coach Mike D’Antoni identifying Ben McLemore, Jeff Green and Austin Rivers as leading candidates to fill the void.
Expected starting line-up: Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Ben McLemore, Robert Covington, P.J. Tucker
Expect a close game between the sides. But with the Mavericks looking great during the scrimmage and having their full roster at play, they seem to have a better shot tonight.