The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks are amidst a heated battle for Texas bragging rights. These two teams have a long and storied rivalry, with each side trying to one-up the other.
As the season progresses, the stakes get higher and higher. With both teams currently in playoff contention, the matchup between these two rivals is sure to be intense. Who will come out on top?
Be sure to catch the action on February 22 when the Rockets take on the Mavericks in Dallas. This is sure to be an exciting game you won’t want to miss!
A Brief History of the Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks
You might not know this, but the Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks have a pretty long history,” and it’s a bit of a complicated one.
The Mavericks were founded in 1980, while the Rockets were founded in 1967. But the Mavericks didn’t become an NBA team until 1989, while the Rockets have been in the NBA since 1971. So, technically, the Mavericks are a newer team.
But that doesn’t mean that the two teams haven’t had their share of battles. They’ve been division rivals since the Mavericks joined the NBA.
And speaking of battles, there was that time in 2006 when the Mavericks and the Rockets met in the playoffs. The Rockets won that series, but it was a close one,” and it left a mark on both teams.
The Players to Watch for in This Matchup
All-Stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook lead the Houston Rockets. As always, these two will be the players to watch for Houston. Harden is one of the best scorers in the league, and Westbrook is a triple-double machine. The Rockets will also look to Clint Capela to provide a spark on both ends of the floor. Capela is a great rim protector and rebounder and will be a key player for Houston in this series.
For Dallas, the best player to watch is Luka Doncic. Doncic is a phenomenal young player who can do it all on the court. He’s a great scorer, passer, and rebounder, and he will be the player that Dallas looks to for guidance in this series. The Mavericks will also need strong performances from Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. if they want to have any chance of winning this series.
The Key Matchups That Will Decide the Game
The second matchup to keep your eye on is Houston’s P.J. Tucker against Dallas’ Kristaps Porzingis. Tucker is one of the best defenders in the league, and he’s been tasked with guarding the Mavericks’ best player all season. In the four games they’ve played against each other, Tucker has held Porzingis to an average of 17 points on 33 percent shooting.
Tucker is a tough, physical defender, and he’s not going to back down from the challenge of guarding Porzingis. The Mavericks’ big man is a talented scorer, but he’s struggled against Houston’s defense all season. If Tucker can continue to limit Porzingis’ impact on the game, it will give the Rockets a significant advantage.
How the Coaches Will Approach This Game
Now that you know more about the teams let’s talk about the coaches. Coach Carlisle of the Mavericks is known for his defense-first approach, while Coach D’Antoni of the Rockets is known for his high-powered offense.
Given that, it’s no surprise that the two coaches will approach this game differently. Coach Carlisle will be focused on stopping the Rockets’ offense, while Coach D’Antoni will be looking to run up the score.
It’ll be interesting to see how these two approaches clash on the court. Will the Mavericks be able to slow down the Rockets? Or will the Rockets’ offense be too much for them to handle? We’ll have to wait and see.
What to Expect From Both Teams
The Houston Rockets are coming into this game with a firm grasp on the Western Conference, leading the way with a record of 43-22. The Dallas Mavericks are not too far behind, with a history of 39-27, sitting in the seventh spot.
The Rockets have been on fire as of late, winning eight out of their last ten games. Their most recent victory was a nail-biter against the Indiana Pacers, where they won by just two points. The Mavericks have also played well, winning seven out of their last ten games.
In their most recent matchup against each other, the Mavericks were victorious, winning by 118-108. The two teams will meet again on April 5 for what is sure to be an exciting matchup.
Our Pick for Who Will Win
The Houston Rockets play an up-tempo brand of basketball that relies on their ability to make 3-pointers. They set a record for most 3-pointers made in a season and have two of the best shooters in the NBA, James Harden, and Eric Gordon. On the other hand, the Dallas Mavericks are led by European star Luka Doncic. The Mavericks play a more traditional basketball style and have one of the best defenses in the NBA.
So, who will win this battle? We pick the Houston Rockets. Their style of play is well-suited for the playoffs, and they have the experience to make a deep run. The Mavericks are a good team, but we think the Rockets will win this series in six games.
It’s time to settle the score. Who’s the better team “ the Houston Rockets or the Dallas Mavericks?
The Rockets have had a great season, but the Mavericks give them a run for their money. Both teams have strong players and passionate fans, so it’s sure to be an exciting match-up.
No matter whom you’re rooting for, one thing is for sure “ it’s going to be a great game. So grab some popcorn and get ready to watch two of Texas’ best teams go head-to-head.