How Russell Westbrook testing positive impacts the Dallas Mavericks

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks Russell Westbrook (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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How Russell Westbrook’s positive test impacts Dallas Mavericks: Rockets title chances slipping?

Action Network currently has the Rockets as the fourth favorites to win the NBA title this season. They are behind only the Lakers, Bucks, and Clippers. Slipping to seventh in the Western Conference during the seeding games means one of the four title favorites will be watching from home after the first round of the playoffs.

Those seeding games are important for every team three through seven in the West. The Rockets need a fully healthy team. Every squad is significantly worse without one of their star players. Missing both would make their title odds plummet.

Houston is also still ironing out their new roster. They were expected to be one of the primary beneficiaries of training camp 2.0. Without Harden and Westbrook, the Rockets are set back a bit. That could impact the team’s chemistry and rotations at the very least early on.

The health of Russell Westbrook and James Harden is a situation to monitor going forward. The Rockets need them both at 100 percent to make a deep playoff run.

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Dallas Mavericks’ odds of winning it all in Orlando increase significantly if they can pass the Rockets in the standings during the seeding games. Fans can keep it locked to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest news and analysis during the NBA’s restart.