HOUSTON ROCKETS PREVIEW
Houston is looking to snap their 3 game losing streak after losing to the Washington Wizards, 135 – 131; Wall: 36 pts, 11 ast / Harden: 54 pts. The Rockets enter this contest with a 5-5 record in their last 10 games and a 4-4 mark at home. James Harden finished the game with a team-high 54 points against their last opponent, the wizards. He shot 53.1% from the field, making 17 of his 32 attempts (13/15 from the line, 7/15 from three-point range). Harden ended up with 54 points, 13 assists, 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 7 threes with 11 turnovers in 47 minutes.
The Rockets have climbed the rankings this season in blocks per game (#5), offensive rebounds per game (#12) and steals per game (#13). They struggle in defensive rebounds per game (#30), assists per game (#28) and field goal percentage (#24).
DALLAS MAVERICKS PREVIEW
Dallas is on a 2 game win streak, after they beat the Boston Celtics, 113 – 104; Barea: 20 points, 8 assist off bench. The Mavericks have a 7-3 record during their last 10-game stretch and are 1-7 in away games this season. Harrison Barnes dropped a team-high 20 points in their last game. He shot a 58.3% field goal percentage, making 7-of-12 (1/1 from the line, 5/7 from three-point range). Barnes finished with 20 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block and 5 threes with 1 turnover in 30 minutes.
The Mavericks rank highly on field goal percentage (#11), three point percentage (#11) and defensive rebounds per game (#13). They struggle in turnovers per game (#29), blocks per game (#23) and free throw percentage (#21).