Preview: Houston Rockets v.s. Los Angeles Lakers

Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Andddddd……..we’re back! The 22-13 Houston Rockets are coming off four full days off to face the 14-21 Los Angeles Lakers tonight. The Rockets are 0-1 against the Lakers this season, after an early season defeat via a Steve Blake three-pointer. The Rockets get a nice schedule break, as the Lakers lost to the Mavericks just last night. Tonight’s game was originally to be played on ESPN, but has since been pulled. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM (NOTE THE TIME CHANGE) and can be seen on CSN Houston.

 

The Matchups

Point Guard: Jeremy Lin v.s. Kendall Marshall

Marshall has been playing well since entering the starting lineup, replacing Steve Blake. Lin should be able to take advantage of the young point guard.

Edge: Rockets

 

Shooting Guard: James Harden v.s. Jodie Meeks 

Meeks isn’t exactly a name, but this matchup scares me. Meeks is shooting 39% from the beyond the arc, and he will be firing against the Rockets. Meeks put up 11 three-pointers last night, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he put up double-digit three point attempts tonight.

Edge: Rockets

 

Small Forward: Chandler Parsons v.s. Wesley Johnson

Johnson isn’t the Lakers biggest threat, but he put up 17 points last night, his highest output since November.

EDIT: Chandler Parsons Out. 

Edge: Rockets

 

Power Forward: Terrence Jones v.s. Pau Gasol

There was a chance that Jones wouldn’t have to face Gasol, but instead he draws another tough matchup with a power forward who put up 15/13/5 just last night against the Mavericks.

Edge: Lakers

 

Center: Dwight Howard v.s. Robert Sacre

I couldn’t think of anything cute to put here. I think you get the point.

Edge: Rockets

 

Bench:

Rockets –  Francisco GarciaOmri CasspiAaron BrooksGreg Smith (EDIT: OUT) 

Lakers – Nick Young, Jordan Hill, Ryan Kelly

Edge: Rockets

 

Injuries 

Rockets –  Chandler Parsons (GTD), Patrick Beverley (Out), Omer Asik (Out).

Lakers - Kobe Bryant (Out), Steve Blake (Out), Steve Nash (Out), Xavier Henry (Out), Jordan Farmar (Out).

 

Prediction – Rockets – 112-98

 

Topics: Houston Rockets

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