The Houston Rockets welcome the Charlotte Hornets to Toyota Center in an attempt to make it 11 wins in a row.
The Rockets (21-4) are rolling during their current 10 game winning streak. While most of these games were decided early, they’ve had their share of adversity as well. During this streak, Houston has faced double-digit deficits twice and won both games. Those games were against the Blazers in Portland, and the Pelicans in Houston two nights ago.
Meanwhile, the Hornets (10-16) are not off to the start they were hoping for. Although Dwight Howard looks good in Charlotte, it hasn’t translated to many wins. However, this Hornets team is not to be toyed with. Throw in Kemba Walker with Howard and there will be some trouble at times.
Both teams will be missing players tonight. So with that, lets take a look at the injury report:
James Harden is still listed as day-to-day with the bruised calf, but expect him to be out on the floor for the Rockets. After all, MVP’s don’t miss games. Zhou Qi is unlikely to suit up as he continues to nurse a calf injury as well.
For the Hornets, Cody Zeller recently underwent surgery for a torn meniscus in his knee and is out for 6 weeks. Nicolas Batum is listed as doubtful with a bad elbow after missing the last game vs the Thunder.
Projected Starting Lineups
Thoughts for tonight
Watch for coach Mike D’Antoni to monitor Harden as the game goes on. While he looked fine against New Orleans, the Rockets don’t want anything happening to the face of the franchise. So if this game gets out of hand quickly, expect Harden to be pulled out early.
The Hornets roll into town fresh off of a win in Oklahoma City. Both teams had a night off so they should be fresh and ready to go. Recently, there have been sightings of Howard with some sick handles and drives to the basket.
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The Rockets should be ready as Howard has scored 20 points or more in the last 3 games. Clint Capela will have his work cut out for him. But Dwight Howard will also have his work cut out for him because Capela has been solid all year.
Ryan Anderson and Marvin Williams will be a fun matchup to watch. Williams, over the last 5 games, has shot nearly 48 percent from beyond the 3-point line while averaging 12.4 points per game. On the other side, Ryno has also been shooting 48 percent from beyond the arc while averaging 10.4 points per game.
As always, it’s fun to see how the crowd will react to the return of Howard in Houston. But, the Rockets won’t be focused on that as they build upon a historic start to the season.
How do you guys think tonight’s game go? Stat predictions for CP3 and Harden? Will Clint get a double-double? Tell us your predictions in the comments section below!
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