4 things to think about as Dallas Mavericks travel to Houston to play Rockets again

The Dallas Mavericks, who have won their last six games, will take on the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center on Monday night. The Mavericks begin the new year by playing the Rockets for the last time in the 2022-2023 season. Houston is in a bad spot right now, losing eight of its last nine games, with two of those losses coming against Dallas in December.

JaVale McGee, who missed Saturday’s game against the Spurs with a non-Covid illness, is listed as day-to-day. Also, Dorian Finney-Smith, Josh Green and Maxi Kleber will miss tomorrow’s game In Houston. The Rockets have Ja’Sean Tate listed for the game and Alperen Sengun listed as day-to-day.

Here are some considerations ahead of tonight’s game.

Road warriors

The Mavericks have won three straight on the road, and considering the Mavericks had one of the worst road records in the NBA, this is a welcome improvement for this season. If Dallas dreams of a home field in the first round of the playoffs, it would be in their best interest to push their road record to 500.

Luke’s numbers are ridiculous

Luka Doncic is not from this country. I’m not sure if this is Luca’s final form, but it’s hard to believe that the 23-year-old phenom can get any better from here. Doncic became the first player in NBA history to record at least 50 points, nine assists and no turnovers Saturday night against the Spurs Luka, in his last three games against the Rockets, averaged 38.3 points, 9.6 assists and 11.3 rebounds: Batting 46.6. % from 3.

The series is complete

Christian Wood’s streak of at least two blocks officially ended at eight games Saturday in San Antonio. Although that streak ended, Christian has been a flamethrower in the last four games. Wood is shooting 59.3% from the field and averaging 23.7 PRG.

Be glad you’re not a Rockets fan!

As Maverick fans, it’s fair to criticize the team when it’s deserved, but knowing that the Houston Rockets are in a downward spiral right now; their situation gives them the perspective that things could always be worse. I couldn’t imagine someone like Dorian Finney-Smith saying the team didn’t improve publicly during the season.

How to watch?

You can watch or stream the game on Bally Sports Southwest at 7:00 PM CST.

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