Dec 5, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives against Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos (41) in the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Game Day: Houston Rockets vs. Sacramento Kings
After suffering a season sweep to the Denver freaking Nuggets the Houston Rockets will look to quickly turn things around against the Sacramento Kings.
This will be Houston’s third game in four nights while Sacramento is coming off 4 days of rest.
Venue: Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA
Game Time: 10:00 PM EST – 9:00 PM CT
TV: ROOT and CSN-CA, NBA TV
Radio: 790 AM and KHTK Sports 1140 AM
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Keys to Winning:
- DEFENSIVE INTENSITY: Houston is finding themselves in the bottom of nearly every defensive statistical category there is and its been the main cause for such a wonky season. The Rockets must find a sense of urgency on this side of the floor to pull out some stops.
- WIN THE BATTLE IN THE TRENCHES: Like football, basketball is won where all the dirty work is being done. The Kings are first overall in Points in the Paint per game averaging 47.7 while Houston is dead last giving up 47.2 per game in that area of the floor. Houston must toughen up the interior defense if they want to stand any chance against Boogie Cousins.
- LIMIT TRANSITION OPPORTUNITIES: The Kings are third overall in Fast Break Points per Game averaging 17.1 (all stats per teamrankings.com). Rondo in the open court is scary enough now he’s surrounded with 4 wings who can fill it up from outside and athletic enough to finish in traffic.
The odds makers favor the home town Rockets by 2.5 points and an over/under of 219 points.
Just when we thought things were looking upward for the Rockets they visit Denver and put on an actual sh*t show. Sacramento has been flying under the radar as a team that has been sleepy good and Sleepy Train Arena has finally awaken after a few years of terrible basketball. Playing in the second leg of a back to back coming out of the Mile High City is never an easy task. You have a team that’s short winded going up against a team that is well rested who has also been home since December 8th with revenge looming in the air.
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