Friday queues, injury reports, broadcast and streaming information
Fresh off their nicest win in some time, the Houston Rockets will look to build on Wednesday’s win in Washington when they kick off a three-game homestand with Friday’s visit from state rival Dallas Non- conformists.
As a welcome change, the Rockets shouldn’t be shorthanded when Friday’s game kicks off at Toyota Center. With no known medical, disciplinary, or follow-up planning issues, Houston should have its biggest names (Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr., Eric Gordon and Christian Wood) all available. Meanwhile, superstar Luka Doncic is listed as questionable for the Mavs due to a sprained right ankle.
Then again, there are reasons beyond Doncic why the Mavericks are the No.5 team in the Western Conference standings and with four straight wins. On the other hand, the Rockets continue to be good last.
Friday’s game is unlikely to change the course of the 2021-22 season for either team, with Dallas all-in to try and win now around their perennial All-Star and MVP contender. Still, if the young rebuilding Rockets could clinch a victory over a likely playoff team from the West – even a shorthanded version – it would be an impressive victory for the brand as they approach mid-season and pull themselves apart. are looking to the future.
When and how to watch
Dated: Friday January 7
Time: 7 p.m. Central
TV channel: AT&T SportsNet Southwest, NBA League Pass
Direct: fuboTV (watch for free in Houston markets)
Probable starting eleven
Houston Rockets (11-28)
Guard: Kevin Porter Jr.
Guard: Jalen Green
Forward: Eric Gordon
Forward: Jae’Sean Tate
Center: Christian Wood
Dallas Mavericks (20-18)
Both formations come from the last game scores of each team, with the exception of Hardaway for Doncic due to the questionable designation.
The Mavs could be understaffed, with Kristaps Porzingis and Boban Marjanovic in health and safety protocols, Willie Cauley-Stein for personal reasons and Isaiah Thomas away from the squad. Meanwhile, Doncic is dubious with his sprained right ankle.
As for Houston’s injury / condition report, there are no substantive changes. Armoni Brooks and Usman Garuba stay away from health and safety protocols, while Alperen Sengun is absent with a sprained right ankle.
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