James Harden and the Houston Rockets look to slow down Kendrick Nunn and the Miami Heat when they visit Miami in an early-season matchup.
The Houston Rockets will look to show some defensive urgency as they visit the 4-1 Miami Heat on Sunday. Houston goes into the matchup allowing a league-worst 125.6 points per game while Miami is allowing 115.6 (8th).
The Rockets come off a 123-116 loss to the Brooklyn Nets in which they allowed 59.4 percent shooting from deep and 49.4 percent shooting overall, while Miami is fresh off of two victories over the Atlanta Hawks.
Russell Westbrook has been a bright spot for Mike D’Antoni and the Rockets so far, pushing the ball at a frenetic pace and relentlessly attacking the basket. His 11 rebounds per game lead Houston and his 11.4 fourth-quarter points per game are second in the league only to Portland’s Damian Lillard.
A pair of impressive rookies, Kendrick Nunn and Tyler Herro, are pacing the Miami Heat so far this season. Nunn comes in averaging 22.4 points and 1.8 steals per game while Herro is chipping in 16.4 points and 5.8 rebounds of his own. Jimmy Butler is officially listed as questionable going into the game but is expected to play as of now.
The Rockets are heavily reliant on the outside shot, putting up 47.8 per game. Unfortunately for Clutch City, they are currently 27th in the league in 3-point shooting percentage, shooting just 31 percent so far. James Harden and Eric Gordon, in particular, need to get their outside shooting on track if they want to steal one at AmericanAirlines Area.
Here’s a look at everything you need to know about Sunday’s matchup:
Rockets odds against Heat
- Favorite: Rockets (-3)
- Over/under: 233.5
- Moneyline: -150 Houston/+130 Miami
Odds courtesy of The Action Network. Odds shown are current as of Sunday at 12 p.m. ET.
Time, Streaming options, Ticketing
Houston Rockets at Miami Heat – 6 p.m. ET
AmericanAirlines Arena – Miami, FL
TV: FSSUN (Local)
Radio: 790 KBME & 740 KTRH / 850 KEYH & 101.7 F, WAXY 790 AM, WAQI 710 AM
Online Streaming: fuboTV, NBA League Pass
Miami Heat (via Ira Winderman)
Out: KZ Okpala (Left Achilles tendinitis), Derrick Jones, Jr. (Left groin strain)
Questionable: Jimmy Butler (Left foot bruise), Justise Winslow (Lower back stiffness)
Returning: Dion Waiters
*Injury report will be updated here if and when available.