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Preview: Houston Rockets v.s. Boston Celtics


The Rockets finally had a nice two-day break to rest from a long stretch of basketball. With many Rockets players ailing from several relatively minor injuries, these past two off days were certainly needed. Tonight the Rockets host the Celtics in their first matchup of the season. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM and can be seen on CSN Houston.

 

The Matchups

Point Guard: Patrick Beverley v.s. Jordan Crawford

No Rajon Rando for the Celtics. Rondo has been involved in several trade rumors, including possibly to the Rockets, but I don’t see Rondo as a great fit in Houston. Crawford isn’t considered a true point guard.

Edge: Rockets

 

Shooting Guard: James Harden v.s. Avery Bradley

Bradley is known for his defense though he’s coming off a 27-point performance against the Timberwolves on Saturday. Harden may have his hands full with the premiere defender.

Edge: Rockets

 

Small Forward: Chandler Parsons v.s. Jeff Green

Another name some Rockets fans are clamoring to acquire, Green is capable of scoring in bunches, and is the biggest offensive threat for the Celtics tonight. Green is coming off a 2-point game against the T-Wolves on Saturday, but Green has been all sorts of clutch this season.

Edge: Even

 

Power Forward: Terrence Jones v.s. Brandon Bass

Rockets fans should know Bass from his days with the Mavericks. Bass isn’t well known around the league, averaging 11.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg, but is a very underrated power forward. Jones has been playing well as of late and Donatas Motiejunas may see some time off the bench.

Edge: Celtics

 

Center: Dwight Howard v.s. Vitor Faverani

Never heard of Faverani before? That makes two of us. He’s averaging 6.5 ppg and 6.2 RPG and is 6-18 from three point territory. I guess he’ll help draw out Howard, though it wouldn’t surprise me to see Howard on Bass and Jones on Faverani.

Edge: Rockets

 

Bench:

Celtics – Jared Sullinger, MarShon Brooks, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Phil Pressey, Courtney Lee, Kelly Olynyk

Rockets – Omer Asik (maybe), Jeremy Lin Francisco GarciaOmri CasspiAaron Brooks, Donatas Motiejunas

Brad Stevens has been trying different bench combinations and likes to go deep into his bench.

Edge: Even

 

Prediction - The Rockets have won three of their last four and should win easily 111-92.

 

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