Dec 4, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) attempts to score during the second quarter as Phoenix Suns power forward Markieff Morris (11) defends at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Houston Rockets v.s. Phoenix Suns

The 29-19 Phoenix Suns head to town coming off a 9-point loss to the Chicago Bulls just last night. The 32-17 Houston Rockets haven’t played since defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night. The Suns have been one of the league’s biggest surprises this season, led by former-Rocket Goran Dragic. The Rockets are 0-1 this season against the Suns, losing to them by 9 points in early December. Tonight’s game is at 7:00 PM and can be seen on CSN Houston.

 

The Matchups

Point Guard: Patrick Beverley v.s. Goran Dragic

Though maybe not officially an All-Star, we all know Dragic deserved to be on the team. He’s averaging around 20 points and 6 assists per game, while shooting just above 50% from the field.

Edge: Suns

 

Shooting Guard: James Harden v.s. Gerald Green

Green is an interesting talent and I often wonder what could have been if he had gone to college. The native Houstonian is having a career year, averaging 13.7 ppg. 

Edge: Rockets

 

Small Forward: Chandler Parsons v.s. P.J. Tucker

Parsons missed the last game between the two teams and the offense put up just 88 points. Tucker dropped 18 points on the Rockets last game, doubling his 9 ppg average this season.

Edge: Rockets

 

Power Forward: Terrence Jones v.s. Channing Frye

Frye is averaging 12.3 ppg on 40% from beyond the arc. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him in a Rockets uniform in a few weeks.

Edge: Even

 

Center: Dwight Howard v.s. Miles Plumlee

Plumlee has started every game for the Suns, and is averaging 9.4 ppg and 8.6 rpg in over 27 mpg. He’s been serviceable but the Suns may look at Pau Gasol for a needed upgrade.

Edge: Rockets

 

Bench:

Rockets – Jeremy Lin, Omri CasspiAaron BrooksDonatas Motiejunas

Suns – Markieff MorrisMarcus Morris, Ishmael Smith, Leandro Barbosa , Archie Goodwin

Edge: Even

 

Injuries 

Rockets – Francisco Garcia (GTD), Omer Asik (OUT)Greg Smith (OUT).

Suns – Emeka Okafor (OUT), Eric Bledsoe (OUT).

 

Prediction – Suns on a back-to-back, Rockets relatively healthy for this one. Rockets 101-91.

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