Feb. 22, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) drives to the net around Brooklyn Nets power forward Reggie Evans (30) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Houston Rockets v.s. Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets come into Toyota Center as arguably the most disappointing team in the league with a 4-11 record. Both teams are coming off a day of rest after playing this past Wednesday night. The Nets will be without many key players, while the Rockets will be without Jeremy Lin. Tonight’s game is at 7:00 PM and can be seen on CSN Houston.

 

The Matchups

Point Guard: Patrick Beverley v.s. Shaun Livingston

Deron Williams is out and the Rockets will be without their backup PG, Jeremy Lin. Livingston has started 6 of the Net’s 15 games this season and has averaged 7.9 ppg and 3.6 apg.

Edge: Rockets

 

Shooting Guard: James Harden v.s. Joe Johnson

Harden is again a game-time decision though it looks like he will give it a go tonight. Johnson is the only Nets player to play in all 15 games this season. Johnson is averaging 15.7 ppg and shooting 43% from the field. Expect Johnson to try and take advantaged of an injured Harden and take many shots tonight.

Edge: Rockets

 

Small Forward: Chandler Parsons v.s. Paul Pierce

It’s very weird watching Pierce in a Nets black uniform. Pierce has had major struggles so far averaging 13 points while shooting just 37.6% from the field. I’d like to think at this point in their respective careers, Parsons is the better player.

Edge: Rockets

 

Power Forward: Terrence Jones v.s. Kevin Garnett

Terrence Jones has been on fire since entering the starting lineup and has had his fair share of tough PF assignments. Tonight he gets a struggling Garnett who is averaging under 7 ppg while shooting just 36.1% from the field.

Edge: Even (Tough call)

 

Center: Dwight Howard v.s. Andray Blatche 

Brook Lopez is a game-time decision, but I’m going to guess he’s more likely to sit than play. Blatche is a nice contributor off the bench but will draw a tough matchup tonight if he’s a starter.

Edge: Rockets

 

Bench:

 

Rockets – Omer AsikFrancisco GarciaOmri CasspiAaron Brooks

Nets - Alan AndersonMason PlumleeMirza TeletovicTyshawn TaylorReggie Evans

Edge: Rockets

 

Injuries (Players Listed As Out):

Rockets: Jeremy Lin

Nets: Deron Williams, Jason Terry, Andrei Kirilenko

 

Prediction - Nets have been struggling this season. Rockets 112-92

 

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