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Rockets vs. Lakers preview: First game of December

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Jordan Clarkson
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Jordan Clarkson

Tonight, the Rockets will look to start off December right with a win against an LA foe.

The Houston Rockets (17-4) are coming off one of the best months in franchise history. They sit at 17-4 after the first two months and are not showing any signs of slowing down. In fact, the team is undefeated (7-0) since Chris Paul returned from injury.

The Los Angeles Lakers (8-14) are a very different team from a year ago. They have added hyped Rookie Lonzo Ball and the arguably better rookie to this point, Kyle Kuzma. LA also traded for Brook Lopez and signed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. They are competing with teams, taking the Warriors to overtime last week.

The Rockets will need to be sharp and not overthink the Lakers like the Warriors did. Let’s look at the injury report:

Injury Report

Zhou Qi is not on the road trip for the Rockets. He is out with a sore calf.

The Lakers appear to be fully healthy.

Projected Starting 5


Chris Paul/James Harden/Trevor Ariza/Ryan Anderson/Clint Capela


Lonzo Ball/Kentavious Caldwell-Pope/Brandon Ingram/Larry Nance Jr. (Kuzma, maybe)/Brook Lopez


The Rockets are not planning to make any changes to the starting lineup anytime soon. When asked about potentially changing it for matchup purposes, Coach D’Antoni just said, “We’re the Rockets. We don’t matchup with anybody.”

Brandon Ingram of the Lakers has been improving at a drastic rate. He has upped his scoring average to 15.9 points per game after 32 and 20 point games in his last two.

Lonzo Ball is statistically having one of the worst shooting seasons ever so far. Knowing the luck of Houston sports, Lonzo probably will break out of that slump tonight. Also, LaVar Ball still thinks Lonzo’s better than Steph Curry.

The Lakers have a very impressive bench. They have Kuzma coming off of it along with Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Josh Hart, Corey Brewer & Andrew Bogut. Kuzma, however, has started in about half of the games this year. We’ll have to wait and see if he starts tonight.

You can watch the game tonight on NBA TV or on AT&T Sportsnet SW. It is at 8:30 in Los Angeles at the Staples Center.

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