Houston Rockets vs Sacramento Kings Preview

By Michael Ma

February 10, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Houston Rockets center Omer Asik (3) dunks the ball past Sacramento Kings power forward Chuck Hayes (42) during the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Kings defeated the Rockets 117-111. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off two wins without all-star James Harden, the Houston Rockets look to do more of the same Wednesday night as they make a visit to Sacramento.  Harden is questionable, but may be able to play, while Chandler Parsons’s hopes to suit up after missing Monday’s game against the Orlando Magic due to food poisoning.

The Rockets begin a three game road trip, and has struggled somewhat on the road, as expected from a young team.  They are currently 14-22 on the road, and one of those losses came to the Kings, a 117-111 defeat in Sacramento on February 10th.

While the Kings are out of contention, there main concern recently has been to make efforts to keep the franchise in Sacramento, as management has been planning to move the team to Seattle.  Sacramento mayor and former Phoenix Sun Kevin Johnson has been putting together a plan to keep the team, and will present it to NBA owners this week.  The owners meet in mid-April to vote on whether to accept a possible bid from Seattle that would clear the way for the Kings to relocate.

This will be the first time that the two teams meet since their six player deadline trade.  Thomas Robinson and Francisco Garcia will be going back to Sacramento for the first time as opposing players, while the Rockets get a look at Patrick Patterson, Tony Douglas, and Cole Aldrich.