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Houston Rockets vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction & Match Preview - January 23rd, 2021 | NBA Season 2020-21

Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks dribbles during the second half against the Houston Rockets 
Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks dribbles during the second half against the Houston Rockets 
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Modified 25 Jan 2021
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The Houston Rockets will face off against the Dallas Mavericks in an NBA Western Conference clash on Saturday.

This game marks the two teams' second meeting of the season. The Dallas Mavericks bested the Houston Rockets 113-100 in the first game earlier this month.

The Rockets won against the Detroit Pistons 103-102 in their last outing and will aim to build on their first win with their new lineup.

Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks have been streaky at the start of their season but they enter this game on the back of two consecutive wins. The Mavericks' duo of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis has proven to be a force to be reckoned with this season.

Match Details

Fixture: Houston Rockets vs Dallas Mavericks - NBA Season 2020-21

Date & Time: Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 9:00 PM ET. (Sunday 7:30 AM IST)

Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX


Houston Rockets Preview

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The Houston Rockets produced a great performance in their win over the Detroit Pistons. They had seven players scoring in double digits for their fifth win of the season.

Veteran leaders Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker led the effort with key plays down the stretch. DeMarcus Cousins had a good performance on the defensive end, raking in 15 boards and even dishing out seven assists.

However, the Rockets will be tested on Saturday as they go against a surging Dallas Mavericks side.

Christian Wood has been listed as doubtful for Saturday's game with the Dallas Mavericks. Kevin Porter Jr., meanwhile, will be available when the deal between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Houston Rockets goes through.

Key Player - Eric Gordon

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Eric Gordon of the Houston Rockets shoots against Danilo Gallinari and Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder
Eric Gordon of the Houston Rockets shoots against Danilo Gallinari and Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder

With Jon Wall on the sidelines, Eric Gordon has emerged as the new leader on the floor for the Houston Rockets. He has dropped 20 points or above in each of the last three games and could be the key player in their next matchup with the Dallas Mavericks.

Eric Gordon is a sharpshooter who can hurt opposing teams with his long-range daggers. He has also proven to be effective inside the circle with his playmaking abilities.

Gordon will need to repeat the magic from their last game if the Houston Rockets are to make a stand against a red hot Mavericks side.

Houston Rockets Predicted Lineup

C DeMarcus Cousins, F Jae'Sean Tate, F PJ Tucker, G Eric Gordon, G Victor Oladipo.


Dallas Mavericks Preview

The Dallas Mavericks have been tearing up the competition lately and are entering this contest after securing back-to-back wins.

In their last outing, the Mavericks comfortably bested their state rivals San Antonio Spurs by a margin of 177-122. It was the usual suspects, Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, who were leading them from the front.

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Luka was in the zone for the entire duration of the game as he dropped a mind-blowing 36-point performance, in which he added 11 assists and nine rebounds. Porzingis had another terrific outing with 21 points and eight rebounds.

The Houston Rockets will have their hands full as they attempt to contain this dynamic duo on Saturday night.

Key Player - Luka Doncic

Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks shoots the ball against the Indiana Pacers at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse 
Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks shoots the ball against the Indiana Pacers at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse 

Luka Doncic will be a favorite for the MVP title if he continues to go at this pace for the rest of the season. His presence on the floor gives his side a great advantage as he can impact the game on either end of the hardwood.

Luka will undoubtedly be the key player in the Dallas Mavericks' next matchup with the Houston Rockets. He will aim to extend their hot streak with a third consecutive win and could potentially explode for a triple-double performance.

In fourteen games, Doncic is averaging 26.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 9.6 assists on 45% shooting from the field.

Dallas Mavericks Predicted Lineup

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G Luka Doncic, G Jalen Brunson, F Tim Hardaway Jr., F Kristaps Porzingis, C Willie Cauley-Stein


Houston Rockets vs Dallas Mavericks Match Prediction

The Houston Rockets will be eager to even out their season series with a win but will face an uphill battle as they go against Luka Doncic, who has proven to be a one-man army.

The Dallas Mavericks have tremendous momentum behind them and are the heavy favorites to win this matchup.


Where to watch Houston Rockets vs Dallas Mavericks

The local coverage of the Houston Rockets vs Dallas Mavericks game will be available on Fox Sports Southwest and AT&T SportsNet Southwest. Fans can also live-stream this matchup via the NBA League Pass.

Published 23 Jan 2021, 17:51 IST
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