The Houston Rockets look to continue their winning ways against the Sacramento Kings, who are hanging onto their playoff chances by a thread.
Although the Sacramento Kings have lost four of their five games in Orlando, they will still have something to play for when they face the Houston Rockets on Sunday. Without Russell Westbrook or Eric Gordon, the Rockets can’t afford to overlook a struggling team.
With the Portland Trail Blazers’ collapse against the LA Clippers on Saturday, the Kings are still mathematically in the race for the ninth seed in the Western Conference. This means that they’ll be fighting for their lives when they hit the court against James Harden and company.
De’Aaron Fox has been lighting it up in the Orlando bubble, averaging 27.5 points, 7.0 assists and 1.8 steals through five games. His ability to get to the basket at will is definitely something the Rockets will need to pay close attention to, as he’s likely to dominate the ball for the Kings.
The Rockets, meanwhile, are 3-1 since the restart, coming off a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. James Harden, recently named as a finalist for the NBA MVP award, has been on a tear through Houston’s four games, averaging 33.8 points, 9.0 assists, and 7.5 rebounds per game.
The Rockets and Kings split their season series 1-1, with their most recent matchup going in favor of Houston, 113-104.
How to watch the Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Location: The Arena (Wide World of Sports) – Orlando, FL
Date/Time: Sunday, Aug. 9 @ 8 PM ET
Local TV: AT&T SportsNet Southwest, NBCSCA
Radio: KBME/KTRH/KEYH, KHTK Sports 1140 AM
Injury Report (per Rotoworld)
OUT: Eric Gordon (left ankle sprain), Russell Westbrook (quadriceps)
OUT: Richaun Holmes (hip), Kent Bazemore (Calf)