Houston Rockets vs Sacramento Kings Preview

By Michael Ma

Jan 22, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) controls the ball during the third quarter as Sacramento Kings power forward Jason Thompson (34) defends at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Previewing the Houston Rockets matchup against the Sacramento Kings Tuesday night by the numbers.


The number of players averaging over 20 points a game for the Kings, which is most in the NBA. The trio of DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay, and Isaiah Thomas accumulate for 63 points each game, which is also the highest in the league.


The percentage the Rockets shot from the field in Sunday’s 115-112 win over the Phoenix Suns, making 50 percent the magic number this season. The Rockets are 19-3 when shooting over 50 percent.


The record for the Rockets when leading at halftime, while the Kings are just 7-29 when trailing at the half. In 2 losses to the Kings this season, slow starts became a pattern as the Rockets trailed each game at the half. Getting Dwight Howard established early in the paint is key as he bounced back from a sub par performance against the Warriors Sunday night to the tune of 25 points and 9 rebounds in the win.