A 7:30 p.m. tip at the AAC as the Dallas Mavericks work to put away the Rockets ... a win here and again on Friday at home against Golden State and the Mavs (presently at No. 7) create a playoff comfort zone for themselves ... Here's some of the strategy to get there tonight ...
The Starting Lineups:
|ROCKETS 32-29||MAVS 34-28|
|F- Chandler Parsons||F- Shawn Marion|
|F- Luis Scola||F- Dirk Nowitzki|
|C- Samuel Dalembert||C- Brendan Haywood|
|G- Courtney Lee||G- Delonte West|
|G- Goran Dragic||G- Jason Kidd|
• Like to push ball when they can. Lee to gives them an athletic perimeter guys who can get to the rim in off the dribble as well as pull up. Dragic is earning Nash comparisons for his backcourt skills and pace.
• They run a lot of motion sets with multiple options.
• Will struggle at times with turnovers. Not a good passing team. Scola, however, is a do-a-bit-of-everything guy:
• They hit the glass hard and get a lot of second-chance opportunites. You see that here (and you also get a glimpse of how Scola has developed as an offensive threat):
• Not a great defensive transition team. Bigs struggle getting back at times.
• Quick hands on the perimeter. Must be strong with the ball.
• Solid man team defense. Will work hard in keeping ball out of lane.
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How to Beat the Rockets:
• REBOUND – Limit their second-chance points. Keep the Rockets off the weakside glass. They feed off those plays, get confidence off those plays ... This was a problem in Utah in terms of giving more opportunities. And as Jason Terry notes, the Mavs are somewhat snakebitten when it comes to opponents making miracle shots ...
REBOUND – Limit their second-chance points. Keep the Rockets off the weakside glass. Dirk Nowitzki can be a big help here.
• RUN - Push ball and make them get back. Bigs are slow in transition.
• PROTECT – Take care of the ball. The Rockets like to reach and grab on perimeter to start break. This is a particular concern with Jason Terry, who must avoid ballhandling sloppiness. We continue to view the Dirk Nowitzki transition 3's as a momemtum-grabbing difference.
Kyle Leath, a long-time Dallas Mavericks staffer, former college head coach and now scout for the Denver Nuggets, provides you with an NBA-style scouting report before Mavs games.