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Rockets and Blazers meet in a battle of the hot teams

Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images
Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images
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The Rockets and Trail Blazers are two of the best teams in the West and they meet tonight in Portland.

The Houston Rockets (56-14) are starting to take control over the first seed in the Western Conference. They are now 3.5 games over the first-place Warriors after they lost to the Spurs last night.

The Portland Trail Blazers (44-26) are also up there in the tight Western Conference. They are in the No. 3 seed and are starting to get some space there.

The Rockets come into this game having only lost two games since January 18 and currently have a 5-game winning streak going. The Trail Blazers are hot too and have won 13 games in a row. This streak includes wins over the Warriors, twice, as well as the Cavaliers and Thunder.

How will tonight’s showdown go for the teams? Let’s look at the injury report:

Injury Report

Shabazz Napier for the Blazers is questionable with a sore toe.

For the Rockets, Brandan Wright remains out as he has for a couple weeks with knee soreness.

Projected Starting 5s

Rockets

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

Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard/C.J. McCollum/Maurice Harkless/Al-Farouq Aminu/Jusuf Nurkic

Notes

Damian Lillard always seems to go off against the Rockets. He’s playing at an All-NBA level this season, so Chris Paul and others will need to focus especially on the defensive end.

Like Lillard goes off on the Rockets, James Harden normally does the same against the Blazers. Last game (he played, at least) against them, he went for 48 points and led the Rockets to victory. Can he do something similar tonight?

Clint Capela vs. Jusuf Nurkic is always an interesting matchup. Capela will need to step up on the glass like he has all season.

The battle of the All-Star quality guards is always an interesting matchup. Will the Rockets be able to contain Lillard and McCollum?

Be sure to tune in tonight on TNT or AT&T Sportsnet SW for the late game at 9:30 p.m. CT.

Next: Week 23 power rankings

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