Preview: Houston Rockets At Golden State Warriors


The Houston Rockets are coming off a tough road loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, and now head south to face the Golden State Warriors. The Rockets beat the Warriors by 22 points just a week ago but tonight’s outcome is likely to be different. The Warriors are coming off a comeback victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, and had the day off yesterday. Since last week, the Rockets have gotten back the services of Jeremy Lin while the Warriors are now without Jermaine O’Neal. Tonight’s game is at 9:30 PM and can be seen on ESPN and CSN Houston.

 

The Matchups

Point Guard: Patrick Beverley v.s. Stephen Curry

Coming off a fantastic defensive performance against Damian Lillard, Beverley will have any even tougher matchup tonight with Curry. Curry had just 22 points in last week’s affair.

Edge: Warriors

 

Shooting Guard: James Harden v.s. Klay Thompson

Harden was coming off one of his worse games in his career last time these two teams faced, but went on to drop 34 points on the Warriors in a big bounce back game. This game could ride on the hands of Thompson. If Thompson can slow down Harden and match his season average of 20+ ppg, the Warriors will likely take home the win.

Edge: Rockets

 

Small Forward: Chandler Parsons v.s. Harrison Barnes

Parsons has had back pains the last several weeks and it’s clearly showing on the court at times. Parsons finished with just 8 points in last week’s matchup.

Edge: Even

 

Power Forward: Terrence Jones v.s. David Lee

Jones had a great game against Lee last week, with 16 points and 10 rebounds, but Lee is still the better player.

Edge: Warriors

 

Center: Dwight Howard v.s. Andrew Bogut

Howard had 22/18 against Bogut last week. Should see similar numbers.

Edge: Rockets

 

Bench:

Rockets – Jeremy LinFrancisco GarciaOmri CasspiAaron BrooksDonatas Motiejunas

Warriors – Draymond Green, Marreese Speights, Toney Douglas

Edge: Rockets

 

Injuries (Players Listed As Out):

Rockets –  Omer AsikGreg Smith

Warriors – Andre IguodalaOgnjen Kuzmic, Festus Ezeli, Jermaine O’Neal

 

Prediction – Warriors – 114-105

 

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