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Preview: Houston Rockets v.s. Los Angeles Lakers

The Rockets (4-1) are off to a fast start and are in Houston to face the Los Angeles Lakers (2-3). The Rockets use a 8-man rotation while the Lakers often go very deep into their bench. Tonight’s game is at 8:30 PM and can be seen on TNT.

 

The Matchups

Point Guard: Jeremy Lin v.s. Steve Nash

Lin’s been playing well and he’s still likely to start for now as Beverley is working his way back from injury. Nash is still a capable point guard but is clearly on the down.

UPDATE: Beverley now expected to start. I’ll leave it at even.

Edge: Even

 

Shooting Guard: James Harden v.s. Steve Blake

Carry on…

Edge: Rockets

 

Small Forward: Chandler Parsons v.s. Xavier Henry

I happen to be a big fan of Henry and he’s certainly capable of scoring in bunches, however at the end of the day it’s still Xavier HenryNick Young, Jodie Meeks, and Wesley Johnson may spell Henry if he struggles.

Edge: Rockets

 

Power Forward: Dwight Howard v.s. Shawne Williams

Though Williams doesn’t get most of the minutes, he’s still officially listed as starter. Jordan Hill will likely see more minutes than Williams at the power forward spot, and hat’s about all that needs to be said about this matchup.

UPDATE: Chris Kaman expected to start. Still give the advantage to Howard

Edge: Rockets

 

Center: Omer Asik v.s. Pau Gasol

Gasol is averaging 14/10 for the Lakers though he’s got to be upset at the Lakers situation. We all know what Asik brings to the table and he’ll have to come out on Gasol tonight.

Edge: Lakers

 

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

Lakers – Nick Young, Jodie Meeks, Jordan Farmar, Wesley Johnson, Chris Kaman, Jordan Hill, Elias Harris

Rockets – Patrick BeverleyFrancisco GarciaOmri CasspiAaron Brooks

With Beverley back from an injury, expect to see Aaron Brooks minutes diminished or erased. The Lakers have some solid bench players which may see more time than the actual starters.

Edge: Rockets

 

Prediction - Howard’s first game against the Lakers which should give him a little extra fire. Rockets win 109-90

 

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