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Can the Rockets defeat the Kings to win their 10th straight game?

Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
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The Houston Rockets will attempt to win their 10th consecutive game as they take on the Sacramento Kings in the last game before the All-Star break.

The Houston Rockets are currently playing some of their best basketball of the season. They’ve won nine consecutive games, with double-digit victories coming against the Spurs, Cavaliers and Timberwolves.

Since Houston’s streak began on Jan. 28, the Rockets have averaged just 10.1 turnovers per game, which is the fewest in the NBA. Houston is also leading the NBA in 3-pointers made (15.4) and free-throws made (21.8) per game, which has contributed to a league-leading 119.7 offensive rating in that span.

With that being said, the Kings will definitely be a big test for Houston. Sacramento is one of the worst teams in the NBA, it’s the second night of a back-to-back, and this is the last game before All-Star Weekend. That is basically the equivalent of the last school day before Christmas break for an NBA player.

It would be easy for the Rockets to just coast through this game and expect to easily defeat Sacramento. These are the games where a lottery team like the Kings can steal a win against a contender. Teams with championship aspirations like the Rockets have to make a habit of bringing it every night. If Houston can limit their mental errors and execute the game plan, they will defeat the Sacramento Kings.

Injuries

The Kings medical staff has been busy as of late. Sacramento will be without Frank Mason III (right foot), Harry Giles (knee), Skal Labissiere (left shoulder) and Iman Shumpert (left foot).

For Houston, Trevor Ariza will sit out once again with a strained hamstring. Eric Gordon is also questionable with a bruised right knee.

How to watch

You can catch the Rockets and the Kings game on AT&T SportsNet Southwest if you live in the Houston region. The game will also air on NBA League Pass. Tip off is at 7 PM CT!

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