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Houston Rockets vs Nets preview, odds, injury report, game time, TV

By Josh Paredes
Houston Rockets P.J. Tucker Caris LeVert (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets P.J. Tucker Caris LeVert (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Houston Rockets take their number one rated offense to Brooklyn as they face off against the Nets. Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.

While it hasn’t always been pretty, the Houston Rockets are sitting at 3-1 after a victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. The Brooklyn Nets, however, have gotten off to a slow start, losing three out of their first four, with their lone victory coming against the 1-4 New York Knicks.

While Coach Mike D’Antoni and the Rockets have been lighting up the scoreboard by putting up a league-best 128 points per game, they are also giving up 127.5 points per game, which is second only to the New Orleans Pelicans. Houston will need to focus much better on the defensive end going forward, and a trip to Barclays Center would be a good time to start.

With a 110.2 defensive rating, the Brooklyn Nets aren’t doing much better on that end of the floor, ranking 22nd in the league. While they aren’t expected to make much noise until Kevin Durant makes his return to the court next season, the Nets will need to take advantage of peak Kyrie Irving games like the one they lost to Minnesota earlier this season. Irving dropped 50 in that game, yet it still wasn’t enough for Brooklyn.

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James Harden and Irving go into Friday’s matchup as the top two leading scorers in the league, with Harden averaging 36.8 to Kyrie’s 35.3. On a national stage, it will be fun to watch the two go head-to-head as both look to propel their team to a victory.

Rockets odds against Nets

  • Favorite: Rockets (-4.5)
  • Over/under: 244
  • Moneyline: -185 Houston/+160 Brooklyn

Odds courtesy of The Action Network. Odds shown are current as of Friday at 2 p.m. ET.

Time, Streaming options, Ticketing

Houston Rockets at Brooklyn Nets  – 7 p.m. ETBarclays Center – Brooklyn, NYTV: ATTSN-SW (Local), ESPN (National)Radio: 790 KBME & 740 KTRH / 850 KEYH & 101.7 F, WFANOnline Streaming: fuboTVTickets: StubHub

Injury Report

Houston Rockets (via Alykhan Bijani)Out: Nene (Adductor), Gerald Green (Left Foot Injury)Not Dressed: Michael Frazier (G League – Two Way)

Brooklyn NetsNone reported yet.

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*Injury report will be updated here if and when available.