This will be the third meeting between the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors. The Rockets have won the first two games, including a blowout in their first meeting. Both games have been very physical and I would expect the same tonight.
Stephen Curry has been killing it all season long. He’s showing the league that he is the best shooter in the game and nobody can stop him. Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverley both need to have big games to counteract Curry’s strong play.
Andrew Bogut will be out due to an injury so the Warriors will be forced to play small ball. You most likely see Omer Asik go up against David Lee. Both guys are among the best rebounders in the league.
Another great scorer in the Warriors lineup is Klay Thompson, but he’s definitely no James Harden. Both guys will put up numbers but I expect Harden to get the better of Klay.
The x-factor of this game in my opinion is Chandler Parsons. He’s been on a hot streak of late and the Warriors play just as bad of defense as the Rockets do. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him finish as the leading scorer for Houston.
The key to a win in this game could be whose bench produces the most. Nothing against the Warriors but the Rockets should definitely win this battle, especially since Kevin McHale has started giving Francisco Garcia valuable minutes, which he deserves.
This is a very crucial game for both teams. The Rockets are sitting in 7th place in the Western Conference and two games behind the Warriors for the 6th spot. This game means a little more for the Rockets who are just a half game ahead of the Utah Jazz. The Rockets have been a bad matchup for the Warriors so far. Hopefully this continues.