Nov 2, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard Francisco Garcia (32) reacts during the second half against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Houston won 104-93. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Houston Rockets At Los Angeles Clippers

After three straight wins to start the season, the Rockets have their biggest test up-to-date against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Tonight’s game is at 9:30 PM and can be seen on CSN Houston or NBA TV.


The Matchups

Point Guard: Jeremy Lin v.s. Chris Paul

This is one of the games where the Rockets could really use a guy like Patrick Beverley against one of the NBA’s best in Chris Paul. Beverley is an elite defender and could have frusturated Paul into making mistakes. Instead, Jeremy Lin will be forced to try and keep up with Paul on the defensive end. Lin’s been playing well but Chris Paul is by far the better player.

Edge: Clippers


Shooting Guard: James Harden v.s. J.J. Redick

Redick was brought in by the Clippers this offseason to provide an extra boost on offense, but tonight he’ll be forced to play tight defense on the Rockets best player. Harden has been banged up with a injuries but will give it a go tonight on the first half of a back-to-back.

Edge: Rockets


Small Forward: Chandler Parsons v.s. Jared Dudley

I’ve always been a big fan of Dudley’s since his days with Boston College. Dudley averages just 8.3 PPG but is capable of big games. Parsons is coming off his biggest performance of the season (24 points) and should have the edge tonight.

Edge: Rockets


Power Forward: Dwight Howard v.s. Blake Griffin

Griffin is off to big start averaging 20/11 in the first three games of the season. Griffin still needs some work on his game but he’s easily one of the most electrifying players in the NBA. Howard has averaged 15/17 in his first three games and this should be an exciting battle of two of the best tonight.

Edge: Rockets


Center: Omer Asik v.s. DeAndre Jordan

Two opposite centers yet similar numbers. Jordan is extremely athletic whereas Asik is more of a bruiser. Both are great rebounders and play great defense though Asik is considered the better defender. Though Jordan averages almost seven more points per game than Asik, they both are extremely limited offensively.

Edge: Even


Bench (players that average over 8+minutes a game):

Clippers – Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes, Darren Collison, Byron Mullens

Rockets – Francisco Garcia, Omri Casspi, Aaron Brooks

Both benches are capable of scoring and providing a spark if needed.

Edge: Even


Prediction – Rockets still a bit banged up and playing on the road. Chris Paul is too much for Jeremy Lin and the Clippers win 101-95.


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