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NBA Sunday Tipsheet: Luka Doncic to lead the way for the Mavericks

Luka Doncic has been on fire so far this season and he can lead the Mavericks to a big win over the Rockets, thinks Dave Gray

“Luka Doncic became just the fifth player in history to average a 30 point triple double over a 10 game span. He really is making a case to be MVP in just his second season in the league.”

Doncic can dominate again

Dallas Mavericks @ Houston Rockets
Sunday, 20:40 GMT
Live on Sky Sports Arena

This week Luka Doncic became just the fifth player in history to average a 30 point triple double over a 10 game span. He really is making a case to be MVP in just his second season in the league. Th 20-year-old Sloevnian will fancy his chances of extending that run against a middle-of-the-road Rockets defence.

This one has shootout written all over it. Both teams are producing some of the best offence in the league. They are tied for third in points scored at 117.9 per game. James Harden is once again putting up ridiculous numbers. His 38.3 points per game leads the league by an incredible eight points.

Houston have lost their past two games and will want to halt that losing run here, but Dallas will not make it easy. The Mavericks are on a four game win streak, but have not faced the best of competition in that run. The Rockets are a real step up but it is a chance to show that they belong in the conversation of contenders in the Western Conference – a chance that I believe they can take.

Denver too strong at home

Phoenix Suns @ Denver Nuggets
Sunday, 11:00 GMT
Live on Betfair Video

Phoenix pulled off a big win over the Timberwolves yesterday but the Nuggets will provide a step-up in competition on the second of back-to-back games.

Denver have won eight of the past nine with wins over the Celtics, Rockets and 76ers in that run. The defence has played a huge role in that, giving up just 101.6 points per game. However, the offence is struggling a little and will need to improve as the season goes on. Nikola Jokic has shown some signs of that dominant player he can be, but it hasn’t been consistent enough this season. He should do well against a Phoenix team that is missing two of its best big men in Deandre Ayton and Aron Baynes.

Devin Booker has been excellent so far this season and last night he once again led the way with 35 points. He will need to put up a similar sort of performance against a tough defence if the Suns are going to pull off another upset.

This is the fifth game of the week for Phoenix and it is hard to believe that won’t catch up with them here, particularly on the road in Denver. The Nuggets are strong favourites but can cover the nine point spread.

Source: US Sports