The Houston Rockets will attempt to get their second win of the season against a Blazers team that has recently defeated the Spurs and Thunder.
The Houston Rockets will attempt to build some momentum with another win after coming off of a victory against Chicago. Following this matchup with Portland in Houston, the Rockets have two road games followed by meetings with Minnesota and Golden State at home. So this is the perfect game for the Rockets to get another victory and build some confidence without James Harden.
Speaking of injuries, Luc Mbah a Moute (dislocated shoulder) and Nene (bruised right knee) will sit out with The Beard. Mbah a Moute is working out and shooting again, although he has not been cleared to practice.
As for the Blazers, Damian Lillard (right calf strain) has missed the last two games, and he also missed five consecutive games between Dec. 22 and Jan. 1. Lillard’s status for tonight’s game is currently unknown. Despite missing their best player, the Blazers have won six of their last eight games. Portland’s last two victories came against the Spurs at home and against the Thunder in Oklahoma City.
The Rockets narrowly defeated the Blazers 124-117 back on Dec. 9, after trailing by 14 at the start of the fourth quarter. Houston won that game behind 48 points from Harden and 26 points from Chris Paul. In order to avoid a similar deficit against Portland this time around, here are the three keys to victory for the Rockets.
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