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Rockets vs. Wizards preview: Trying to avoid 5 straight losses


The Rockets will look to avoid dropping 5 straight when they visit the Wizards tonight.

Last night, the Houston Rockets (25-8) blew a 26-point lead in a loss to the Boston Celtics. Tonight, they will have to play again, this time against the Washington Wizards (19-16).

The Wizards come off another bad loss against the Atlanta Hawks. They continued their streak of playing down to bad teams. Earlier in the month, on the 22nd, they dropped a game by 35 points to the Brooklyn Nets. They do, however, play up to good teams. They beat the Celtics on Christmas Day.

The Rockets will need to play the way they did in the first half of last night’s game if they want to snap their losing streak.

Let’s look at the injury report:

Injury Report

For the Rockets, Clint Capela remains out with an orbital fracture. He will be reevaluated at the end of the road trip.

Chris Paul has been upgraded to questionable with his leg injury. Hopefully, he will be good to go tonight.

Luc Mbah a Moute and Troy Williams remain out with their respective injuries.

The main rotation for the Wizards is completely healthy now that John Wall is back.

Projected Starting 5


James Harden/Eric Gordon/Trevor Ariza/Ryan Anderson/Nene

Possibly: Chris Paul for Eric Gordon


John Wall/Bradley Beal/Otto Porter/Markieff Morris/Marcin Gortat


Should CP3 play, it will be a battle of the All-Star backcourts. John Wall and Bradley Beal are two of the best at their positions, as are Chris Paul and James Harden.

After poor games like last night, James Harden tends to turn it around instead of turn it over. Let’s see how he responds.

Will the Wizards show up tonight? They have been very inconsistent this season, even though they play up to teams.

The Rockets and Wizards, when healthy, actually have two of the best benches in the league. Last season, that was not the case for Washington. However, Jodie Meeks and Mike Scott have made a world of difference for them this season. The continued growth of Kelly Oubre Jr. has helped as well.

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Tune into the game at 6 p.m. on AT&T Sportsnet SW!

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