James Harden and the Houston Rockets look to continue their winning ways when they take on Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday evening.
The Houston Rockets haven’t been making it easy to keep their fans’ blood pressure down, but nonetheless are still 2-0 since continuing their season. After a second consecutive comeback win, this time against the Milwaukee Bucks, Houston is looking to continue its climb up the Western Conference standings when they face the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday.
Heading into Monday, the Rockets are now fourth in the West with a record of 42-24, just one game behind the Denver Nuggets for the third seed. The Trail Blazers, meanwhile, are now in a dogfight with the San Antonio Spurs for the ninth seed.
Portland leads the season series 2-1 over Houston, however, all three games took place before the big trade that shipped off Clint Capela for Robert Covington. Perhaps with a chip on his shoulder from his Oklahoma City Thunder days, Russell Westbrook has been unstoppable against the Blazers so far this season, scoring 39, 31, and 28 points in the three showdowns with Damian Lillard so far.
Lillard, meanwhile, has also had his way against the Rockets, averaging 24.6 points per game in the series. With Jusuf Nurkic back in the lineup for Portland and the Rockets now looking like a fresh new team, it’s hard to know what to expect come Tuesday night.
Here’s how to catch all the action:
How to watch the Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Location: The Arena (Wide World of Sports) – Orlando, FL
Date/Time: Tuesday, Aug. 4 @ 9 PM ET
National TV: TNT
Local TV: NBC Sports Northwest, AT&T SportsNet Southwest, TSN1/4/5
Radio: Rip City Radio 620, KBME/KTRH/KEYH
Houston Rockets – Eric Gordon (left ankle sprain)