Houston at Dallas
After the weekend , we have just one game in NBA today Monday . Today s game is from the Western Conference , between Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks . The game is set to be played tonight at 08:30 P.M. EST in Dallas at American Airlines Center .
Even though it s still early in the season , Houston looks really good this year . The Rockets haven’t made a leap offensively yet, averaging 96.7 points, but they’re 3-0 for the first time since the 1996-97 season when they won their first six games and finished 57-25. The fast start is due in large part to defense, as Houston is allowing 89.3 points per game – fifth fewest in the NBA.
The Rockets gave up an average of 92.1 points last season, third-best in the league.
Houston beat Portland 89-80 on Saturday despite shooting 39.6 percent from the field. The Rockets held the Trail Blazers to 40.8 percent shooting and outscored them 40-22 in the paint.
Yao Ming had 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Tracy McGrady added 20 points and six assists for Houston. The rest of the starters combined for just 17 points.
Unlike the previous two games when they fell behind early, the Rockets jumped out to a 18-4 lead and built the advantage to 22 early in the second quarter.
The Rockets held the Blazers to 12 points in the opening period.
Dallas (2-1), which averaged 100 points per game last season and had the league’s fifth-best shooting percentage at 46.7, rolled past Sacramento 123-102 on Saturday. The Mavs shot 65.2 percent – just shy of their best-ever mark of 67.7 set in 1983 – and connected on seven 3-pointers. Dallas bounced back from an ugly 101-94 loss to Atlanta the previous day. The Mavericks opened their season with an 18-point win over Cleveland on Wednesday .
Overall , Hou looks stronger than Dallas inside the paint with Yao playing good lately and TMac scoring from outside.
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