Preview: Houston Rockets v.s. Los Angeles Lakers

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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

 

Topics: Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers

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  • Juan Grande

    “Point Guard: Jeremy Lin v.s. Steve Nash
    Edge: Even”

    Interesting question. Nash is 39 now, so its not fair to still use numbers from when he was in his late 20s. Lin might not be stellar defending opposing PGs but he is still well ahead of Nash on this point. Also, so far this season, Nash’s WS per 48 is a negative number to Lin’s .72. Nash’s O-rating through 4 games in below 90 while Lin’s is 120 through 5g. I see this as a push at worst for us so long as we include defense in the comparison.

    ps – And I am not Asian (not that there’s anything wrong with that)

    • Yoni Pollak

      Yea, those were my thoughts. I think Lin is ready for a breakout season (or another breakout season depending on how you look at things). Lin has some work to do on the defensive end though he’s done a pretty solid job lately. It’s a push at worst and it’s definitely leaning towards Lin. The next time they matchup it may be in Lin’s favor officially.

      • Juan Grande

        Thanks for the reply. The lakers have always been my least fav NBA team, so tonight is going to be fun. I hope not just for the win, but that the lakers get pummeled. And that all of LA sees it.

        ps — Portlandfan was pretty embarrassing aping Clipperfan who was aping LaLafan. They have no self-respect.

        • Yoni Pollak

          Always plan on replying to all comments. And yes, I dislike the Lakers very much as well. Getting a win over them feels like two all the time! #BeatLA

          • Juan Grande

            In review –
            Nash 3-11 for 12 pts, 6 assists in 28m, +/- at +8
            Lin 5-8 for 16 pts, 3 assists in 31m, +/- at +4
            Lin actually had one less TO (I expected worse)
            And Lin had 3 steals/2 blocks to 1/0 for Nash

          • Yoni Pollak

            Yea, it happens. They hit a ridiculous amount of 3′s, Rockets missed many open looks and FT’s. Sometimes even better talent can’t overcome poor execution on both sides of the court.

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