The Houston Rockets will get their first look at another Western Conference title contender as they host the LA Clippers Wednesday evening.
A pair of 7-3 teams will clash on Wednesday as James Harden and the Houston Rockets host Kawhi Leonard and the LA Clippers at the Toyota Center. The Rockets are riding a four-game winning streak after a 122-116 road win over the New Orleans Pelicans in which Harden scored 39 points and dished out nine assists.
The Clippers, meanwhile, have won four out of five and go into the matchup after defeating the defending champion Toronto Raptors 98-88. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 26.9 points per game so far this season, but given that the game against Houston is the first of a back-to-back, there’s a chance he will sit out for the marquee match.
Leonard has made “load management” a hot topic around the NBA in recent years, as he’s been at the forefront of the strategy ever since his nagging injury began with the San Antonio Spurs. Since the Clippers were fined for their last benching of the two-time Finals MVP on a national stage, it would be surprising if he sat against Houston, but not shocking.
Whether Kawhi plays or not, both teams will be shorthanded in their first matchup. Paul George was also reported to make his debut this week, but indications are that his debut will be on Thursday instead of Wednesday. Meanwhile, Eric Gordon was recently ruled out for up to six weeks after it was discovered that he needed surgery to remove debris from his knee.
Regardless of the lineups, it should be an up and down affair in front of a rocking Toyota Center crowd. Here’s everything you need to know about the nationally televised game.
Houston Rockets odds against Clippers
Favorite: Rockets (-2.5)
Moneyline: – 130 Houston / + 110 LA
Odds courtesy of The Action Network. Odds shown are current as of 11/13 at 11 a.m. ET.
Time, Streaming options, Ticketing
LA Clippers at Houston Rockets – Wednesday, Nov. 13 @ 7:30 p.m. ET
Toyota Center – Houston, TX
TV: ESPN (National), ATTSN-SW, FSPT (Local)
Radio: 790 KBME & 740 KTRH / 850 KEYH & 101.7 F, AM 570 LA Sports
Online Streaming: fuboTV, NBA League Pass
Houston Rockets (via Alykhan Bijani)
Out: Eric Gordon (Right Knee), Gerald Green (Left Cuneiform Fracture), Nenê (Left Adductor Strain)
Doubtful: Danuel House (Sacral Contusion)
G League Assignment: Michael Frazier
*Further updates to the injury report will be updated here if and when available.