After making a move to acquire veteran Devin Harris, the Denver Nuggets visit the Houston Rockets for the second time this season.
While teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers were scrambling at the trade deadline, the Rockets (40-13) did not budge and remained intact. Houston currently boasts the second best record in the league. As a matter of fact, Houston sits a game out of first in the Western Conference.
Meanwhile, the visiting Denver Nuggets (29-25) come to town after being active at the deadline. Emmanuel Mudiay is now in New York, and Devin Harris comes in from Dallas to provide veteran leadership while Paul Millsap recovers. However, the Nuggets sit in sixth place and will duke it out the rest of the way.
Indeed the fifth through ninth seeds will be a battle until the end of the season. But the Rockets could care less. They know what the goal is and sit in a comfortable spot going into the All-Star break.
With the stage set at the Toyota Center, lets take a look at the injury reports.
Trevor Ariza continues to be sidelined and his return from injury is still not set. Ryan Anderson (left leg) and Eric Gordon (back soreness) remain day-to-day and will probably be game time decisions.
Paul Millsap is sidelined until mid March with a wrist injury. Meanwhile newly acquired Devin Harris is listed as day-to-day, but will most likely play.
Projected Starting 5
Despite the Rockets missing pieces, they have performed rather well under adversity. With that said, I predict a Rockets win in comfortable fashion. The Nuggets aren’t at full strength and wont be for a while.
James Harden most likely scores over 20 again with his backcourt mate doing the same. Clint goes for another double-double and Mbah a Moute, Gerald Green, and P.J. Tucker will solidify the rotation.