The Mavs have veterans at every position and have stayed healthy for most of the season. Their top 7 players have missed a total of 9 games. Meanwhile, the Rockets' top 6 players have missed 44, with that number sure to increase with James Harden's injury.
Speaking of which, I don't know what Harden's status is for tonight, but I'll update as soon as we find out.
After tonight, the Rockets play 5 winnable games before the All-Star break. Then, coming out of the break, they have a 5-game road trip on the West coast that includes a pair of back-to-backs.
Basically, it's important for the Rockets to end the pre-All-Star break portion of the schedule with some momentum since they'll need it coming out of the break.
How do you think the Rockets will do tonight?
Tip-off is at 7:30pm CST.