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Rockets vs. Raptors preview: Toughest test of the streak

TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 8: DeMar DeRozan
TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 8: DeMar DeRozan
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The Houston Rockets travel across the border to face the top dogs in the East tonight.

The Houston Rockets (51-13) will face the toughest test of their 17-game winning streak as they face the Toronto Raptors (47-17).

The two teams are both the No. 1 seeds in their respective conferences and are looking to add a quality win to their resumes.

The Raptors are coming off an overtime victory against the Pistons that saw second-year man Fred VanVleet hit a game-winning 3. They are on a 6-game winning streak of their own as they enter tonight.

The Rockets, of course, are rolling. They are coming off a win against the Milwaukee Bucks and are halfway through a 4-game road trip.

Let’s look at the starting 5s:

Projected Starting 5s

Rockets

Chris Paul/James Harden/Trevor Ariza/P.J. Tucker/Clint Capela

Raptors

Kyle Lowry/DeMar DeRozan/Norman Powell/Serge Ibaka/Jonas Valanciunas

Injury Report

The Rockets will be without Ryan Anderson and Brandan Wright yet again. Clint Capela and Joe Johnson are both probable, too.

For the Raptors, they will be without forward OG Anunoby. If you remember correctly, he played some pretty solid defense on James Harden earlier in the season. They will also be missing Delon Wright.

Notes

Like I previously mentioned, this is the toughest game that the Rockets have had on this long winning streak. The Raptors are for real and they are a good, scrappy team.

DeMar DeRozan has been nearly unstoppable this year. He is one of the most underrated players in the league and the wing defenders of the Rockets will need to play especially well on him. Expect Trevor Ariza to start on him with James Harden guarding Norman Powell.

Hopefully, Clint Capela is good to go tonight. The Rockets will certainly need him against the size of Valanciunas.

This is also a battle of two of the best benches in the league. The second units of Raptors and Rockets will be an interesting matchup to watch, even with the injuries to both sides. Eric Gordon will need to keep his shooting going well like he has in recent games.

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