The Houston Rockets are coming off back-t0-back losses against the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns, and now have to face the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors last played Tuesday night in a 112-103 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Tonight’s game is sure to be a shootout at least on one side of the ball. The Rockets haven’t been the same with both Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons out and if Parsons if forced to sit again, it could mean a long night for Houston fans. Tonight’s game is at 7:00 PM and can be seen on CSN Houston.
Point Guard: Patrick Beverley v.s. Stephen Curry
One of my favorite non-Rockets in the NBA, Curry is a joy to watch on a nightly basis. Curry is averaging 22.6 ppg and 8.8 apg while shooting 44% from three. Should be fun to watch the pesky Beverley on one of the league’s best.
Shooting Guard: James Harden v.s. Klay Thompson
Coming off a 0-10 performance from beyond the arc, Harden needs a MVP-like performance tonight against one the most underrated players in the NBA. Thompson is averaging 21.6 ppg, shooting 47.6% from three, and is an elite defender. Terrible matchup for Harden.
Small Forward: Chandler Parsons (for now) v.s. Harrison Barnes
The Warriors are going to eventually have to many good players if they keep hitting on draft picks. Barnes has been a huge asset for Warriors this season. Barnes started the season on the bench as the team’s sixth man but was forced into the starting lineup when Andre Igoudala went down with an injury. Barnes is averaging 13.5 ppg on the season, and will go up against a gimpy Parsons if Parsons is deemed ready to play.
Edge: Even (If Garcia starts, it’s easily Warriors)
Power Forward: Terrence Jones v.s. David Lee
Averaging 17/9 on the season, Lee has been the force down low for the Warriors. Jones has been losing minutes as of late, and Casspi has been receiving the bulk of the minutes at the 4.
Center: Dwight Howard v.s. Andrew Bogut
Bogut is a quality center in the NBA and could give Howard fits defensively.
Warriors – Jermaine O’neal, Draymond Green, Marreese Speights
Injuries (Players Listed As Out):
Prediction – Warriors – 117-103