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Rockets vs. Spurs preview: Looking to win season series

SAN ANTONIO,TX - FEBRUARY 1 : Chris Paul
SAN ANTONIO,TX - FEBRUARY 1 : Chris Paul
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The Rockets will host the rival Spurs tonight as they look to win the season series.

The Houston Rockets (52-14) rebounded after a loss well last night, beating the Dallas Mavericks by 23 points. They will try to do the same tonight against another in-state opponent, the San Antonio Spurs (37-29).

The Spurs are really struggling right now. They have lost 8 of their last 10 and are in danger of slipping out of the playoff race. They lost their last game to Oklahoma City on Saturday.

This will be the third meeting between the two Texas teams and the Rockets have won both of the previous games by double-digits. Could tonight be a similar story for Houston?

Let’s look at the injuries:

Injury Report

For the Rockets, James Harden is probable to play tonight after missing one game with a sore knee. Brandan Wright and Ryan Anderson will also remain out for the squad.

The injuries for the Spurs are pretty significant. Kawhi Leonard remains out as he has most of the season. LaMarcus Aldridge will also not play after hurting his knee against OKC. Manu Ginobili will rest tonight as well. It could be a rough night for the San Antonio team.

Projected Starting Lineup

Rockets

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

Spurs

Dejounte Murray/Patty Mills/Kyle Anderson/Pau Gasol/Davis Bertans

Notes

The Rockets need to come out ready to play and take care of business against a Spurs team that is seriously injured tonight. There is no reason why the Rockets should lose to a team whose best player is a 37-year-old Pau Gasol.

As always, Houston will need to keep an eye out for Danny Green. He is a great shooter who is having a pretty good year. He torched Houston for 22 points in their last meeting.

Having James Harden back tonight should be a nice boost for the team. He was missed last night as the Rockets scored under their season average against a bad Mavericks team.

Nene should be back tonight after resting last game. Tarik Black‘s production against Dallas was pretty nice, though.

Tune into ESPN or AT&T Sportsnet SW at 7:00 p.m. CT for tonight’s game!

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