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Monday, November 25, 2019

ROCKETS VS MAVERICKS

Venue: Toyota Center | Start: 7:30am AEDT

A Texas-sized rivalry will feature the red-hot Dallas Mavericks on the road against the scuffling Houston Rockets on Sunday afternoon. Dallas has won four straight games over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors, and Luka Doncic seems to get better with every game. Meanwhile, Houston has lost back-to-back games against the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets. But now Houston returns home, where it is 6-1 this season, to tip off a three-game set. The Rockets respect Doncic but have a superstar of their own in James Harden, who is averaging 38.3 points this season on 43.4 percent shooting from the field. Point guard Russell Westbrook has scored 20-plus points in three straight games and is averaging 21.9 points in 14 games. Houston must find a way to slow down Doncic, who is sizzling with 29.9 points per game on 49.3 percent shooting. Teammate Kristaps Porzingis ranks second with 18.1 points per game. This is the first of four meetings this season between the teams. They will meet again in Houston on Jan. 31, and they will head to Dallas for a pair of games on March 23 and April 7.

Win: Houston Rockets
Line: Dallas Mavericks +5.5
Total Points: Under 232.5

KNICKS VS NETS

Venue: Madison Square Garden | Start: 10:00am AEDT

The Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks will tip off against each other for the second time this season — and for the first time on the Knicks’ home court — on Sunday evening. Brooklyn won the first matchup Oct. 25 when it held on for a 113-109 decision at home. Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 26 points on 8-for-19 shooting to lead the Nets in that contest. But now Brooklyn must find a way to win without Irving, who will sit out Sunday’s contest because of a right shoulder injury. He is expected to miss the Nets’ full three-game road trip, which also includes stops in Cleveland and Boston. Brooklyn has won two games in a row and three of four. The tune is considerably less upbeat for the Knicks, who have lost two straight, three of four and 12 of 16 to start the season. New York will play on short rest after a 111-104 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night. The loss at home provided the latest lowlight for the Knicks, as they watched the Spurs snap an eight-game losing streak. Marcus Morris Sr. has been a bright spot for the Knicks and is coming off a team-high 20-point performance one night earlier.

Win: Brooklyn Nets
Line: Brooklyn Nets -2.5
Total Points: Under 211.5

WIZARDS VS KINGS

Venue: Capital One Arena | Start: 10:00am AEDT

The team that participated in the NBA upbringing of Isaiah Thomas, and the one that is attempting to resurrect his career, meet Sunday night when the Sacramento Kings visit the Washington Wizards. Generally unwanted after a mostly wasted season in Denver last year, the Wizards have gotten far more than their low-risk, one-year investment was expected to produce, as Thomas has scored in double figures in nine of 11 games and mixed in five or more assists on all but one occasion. That’s not yet up to the standards he set in his first three seasons with the Kings, who dealt him for little more than a trade exception after watching him develop from the last pick of the 2011 draft into a 20.3 points-per-game scorer. Hard feelings? Thomas poured in 20 or more points five straight times against his old mates at the height of his powers from 2015-17, but has seen them just twice since, including a 13-minute cameo last February during which he scored eight points. Thomas should enjoy seeing the Kings again, as they’ve allowed 116 points in consecutive games while dealing with the absence of their newer, younger version of Thomas — De’Aaron Fox — because of an ankle injury. Thomas’ Wizards, meanwhile, are rolling offensively, having dumped 138 and 125 points on San Antonio and Charlotte, respectively, to begin a three-game homestand.

Win: Washington Wizards
Line: Sacramento Kings +1.5
Total Points: Under 225.5

NUGGETS VS SUNS

Venue: Pepsi Center | Start: 12:00pm AEDT

The Denver Nuggets will look to build upon a four-game winning streak when they host the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night. Denver has asserted itself as a Western Conference contender during the winning streak, which has included wins over the Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies and Brooklyn Nets. Now comes another test against the Suns, whom the Nuggets needed overtime to knock off 108-107 on Oct. 25. Look for Denver to rely on a balanced scoring attack that includes five players averaging double figures. Jamal Murray is first with 18.7 points per game, while Nikola Jokic (17.3), Will Barton (14.8), Paul Millsap (13.9) and Gary Harris (10.5) are not far behind. Phoenix will play on short rest after a 100-98 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night. The narrow victory snapped a three-game skid for the Suns and boosted their record on the road to 3-2. Devin Booker was the star for Phoenix, as he has been for the majority of the season. He flirted with a triple-double and finished with 35 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. Kelly Oubre Jr. also is coming off a double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds.

Win: Denver Nuggets
Line: Phoenix Suns +9.5
Total Points: Under 223.5

CLIPPERS VS PELICANS

Venue: Staples Center | Start: 1:00pm AEDT

Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball will be back in familiar territory when they lead the New Orleans Pelicans up against the host Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night. The game serves as a homecoming for both, even though they never played for the Clippers. The young standouts contested their home games at Sunday’s site, the Staples Center, while employed by the Lakers, and this will be their first return since they were dealt to New Orleans as part of a package for Anthony Davis. Both reconfigured LA teams are doing quite well, but Ingram and Ball have brought hope to Pelicans fans, too. Ingram scored 30 or more points for the third time already this season with 33 in New Orleans’ 128-120 loss at Utah on Saturday night, while Ball had his usual strong all-around game with 13 points, four rebounds, four assists and a block. The Pelicans will bring just a 6-10 record with them to LA, while playing without injured big man Zion Williamson. Despite the fact that they’ve been gone for just four months, Ingram and Ball might not recognize the Clippers, who are now led by Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. They’ve combined for a total of 85 points in LA’s last two wins, triumphs over Boston and Houston that increased the Clippers’ winning streak to four games.

Win: Los Angeles Clippers
Line: New Orleans Pelicans +12.5
Total Points: Under 234.5