Dallas Mavericks vs Player Special by Marci

Off to sluggish starts, the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets are starting to show signs of coming around.With both teams coming off wins, they meet for the second time this season Friday night at the American Airlines Center

 

Houston (8-11) is looking for its fourth victory in five games thanks in large part to the resurgence of its potent attack. The Rockets have averaged 111.3 points in the past four after scoring 97.0 over the previous eight.Dallas (11-8) has played better than Houston in the early going, but the Mavericks had dropped three straight before winning two of their last three.

 

Wesley Matthews helped Dallas to its latest victory, 115-112 in overtime at Portland on Tuesday. The former Trail Blazer scored 18 points, while Deron Williams had 30 points, eight assists and six rebounds and Dirk Nowitzki scored 28.Dallas also got 14 points and 21 rebounds from Zaza Pachulia. The veteran center is averaging a career-high 10.2 rebounds along with 11.1 points.

 

''He's just real smart in there. He uses his body and he's a little more athletic than he appears,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. ''He's quick to the ball and his strength and timing is really uncanny.''

 

Zaza Pachulia is really making amazing numbers and is playing best games of his career this season. In last 7 games he went over this margin 6 times with only against great Spurs he was outplayed and scored only 4. from 19 games this season he went over this 11 points 11 times. His latest games are 14P 12R against Boston, 15p 12r vs Utah, 12p 10r vs OKC, 13P 10R vs Memphis, 4P 0R vs Spurs in only 20mins, 16P 12R vs Denver, 13P 10R vs Sacramento and 14P 21R vs Portland.

 

Last time they played Zaza had 10 points and 8 rebounds with 4-6 shooting and bad 2-6 Free Throw. He started to take much more shots after that game and we can expect him to do another solid game against Houston without Dwight Howard. Clint Capela will be starting center and even tho he is very good defender we cant expect him to stop Zaza to make another double double. Houston is 21st at defending center position with conceding 20,2 points and 13,6 rebounds per game.

 

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