WAS vs HOU Dream 11: Can the Wizards start their home season with a win against the Rockets?

The Washington Wizards host the Houston Rockets after going 1-2 in their opening three road games of the season.

Washington lost their last game to the San Antonio Spurs but by a slim margin of two points.

Bradley Beal racked up a double-double against the Spurs while five others scored double-digit points to keep the game close.

Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal is the main man for the Wizards

However, they will miss the services of their NBA all-star John Wall as he recovers from a serious injury.

Houston might be 2-1 with James Harden and Russell Westbrook doing the bulk of the scoring, but they are struggling from the three-point line.

The Rockets just about squeezed past the Oklahoma City Thunder 116-112 and things won’t be easy for the Texas team against the Wizards too.

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Match details

  • NBA Season 2019-20
  • Washington Wizards vs Houston Rockets
  • 31 October, 2019 – 5:30 AM IST
  • Venue: Capital One Arena

Dream 11 Fantasy tips and predictions

Houston’s struggles from the three-point line are due to James Harden, to an extent.

The Rockets star is only shooting 15% from the three-point line while his FG% is just 28% after three games of the season (h/t NBA Wizards).

James Harden
James Harden is one of the best in the NBA

However, Harden and Westbrook are averaging 29.3 and 24.3 points-per-game this season, and they will cause the Wizards problems (h/t NBA Wizards).

Beal would need to have a great night on the shooting board and the Wizards have to restrict Harden and Westbrook to shots from the three-point line.

Point guards

The backcourt will be the key to getting the most points from this game. Westbrook recorded a double-double in the previous game while Ish Smith racked up 19 points for the Wizards.

Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook moved from Oklahoma to Houston in the off season

Westbrook should score a lot of points and will be one of the most explosive players on the court.

Shooting guards

It is difficult not to choose Harden in a starting team for any Rockets game. The Beard might be struggling field-goal wise, but he still gets a lot of shots off and is scoring big.

Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal needs to step up in John Wall’s absence

Beal will be the big hope for the Wizards on the night, and it will be interesting to see how many points he scores.

Small forwards

To balance the credits out, Thabo Sefolosha should be included in the team. The Rockets star can score some decent points and is an option off the bench.

Thabo Sefolosha
Thabo Sefolosha could get some points from the bench

Isaac Bonga is the other small forward for this game, and he scored six points and also recorded six rebounds in his last game.

Power forwards

Gary Clark might get some minutes for the Rockets but he has also been selected to balance out the credits.

Centers

This won’t be a game dominated by the centers and Tyson Chandler is the only one selected for this position.

Tyson Chandler
Tyson Chandler is a monster on the boards

The Houston star didn’t do much in the previous game but could come up with some important rebounds.

Star player

It is difficult to choose between Westbrook and Harden at the moment.

However, going with the Beard makes sense given how much of the ball he keeps and his ability to score big.

Dream 11 Washington Wizards vs Houston Rockets line-up prediction
Dream 11 Washington Wizards vs Houston Rockets line-up prediction

Prediction

If the Rockets get going, this could be a huge win for Houston. However, they are struggling a bit and should just about have enough to beat the Wizards.

Disclaimer

Selections, fantasy tips and predictions are based on historical data related to the team. It is advisable to conduct additional research close to the game for more accurate team news and player availability.

Several factors were taken to build this team, however, individuals should have their own ideas for player selection as this piece only provides some guidelines.

Image credits: Getty, AFP, Bongarts, (Dream 11 for team line-up)

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