Jan 11, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets players stand on the court during a delay in play for a leak in the roof during the second quarter at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Houston Rockets v.s. Washington Wizards

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Remember that leaky roof game? Yea, that was against the Wizards in Washington.

The 25-26 Washington Wizards head to town coming off a tough 3-point loss just last night in Memphis. The 35-17 Houston Rockets have won six in a row as they hope to keep the momentum going through All-Star break following tonight’s game. The Rockets are 1-0 this season against the Wizards, beating them in Washington by seven points in January. Tonight’s game is at 7:00 PM and can be seen on CSN Houston.

 

The Matchups

Point Guard: Patrick Beverley v.s. John Wall

Wall is having a great season averaging 19.8 ppg, 8.4 apg, and 2.02 spg. I’d be ok with Beverley putting up a goose egg if it means he limits Wall to less than 15 points.

Edge: Wizards

UPDATE: Beverley out, Lin to start. 

 

Shooting Guard: James Harden v.s. Bradley Beal

If Beal could drop 37 points on Courtney Lee like he did last night, then he most certainly can drop 37 on Harden. Let’s hope he has cooled off before hand.

Edge: Rockets

 

Small Forward: Chandler Parsons v.s. Trevor Ariza

Ariza is averaging 14 ppg this season, the most since averaging 14.9 ppg with the Rockets in 2009. He’s playing great defense and hitting a career high 38% from beyond the arc. I know a team that can use someone like him…

Edge: Rockets

 

Power Forward: Terrence Jones v.s. Nene Hilario

Remember that time we all secretly hoped for a lineup of Nene and Pau Gasol? Well, I think I prefer this Jones/Howard combination. Jones put up 19 points and 17 boards the last time these two teams faced off.

Edge: Rockets

 

Center: Dwight Howard v.s. Marcin Gortat

Gortat was a -21 in 19 minutes when he faced Dwight Howard in January. I expect more of the same tonight.

Edge: Rockets

 

Bench:

Rockets – Jeremy Lin, Omri CasspiAaron BrooksDonatas Motiejunas, Omer Asik, Francisco Garcia

Wizards – Garrett Temple, Trevor Booker, Martell Webster, Kevin Seraphin, Jan Vesely

Edge: Rockets

 

Injuries 

Rockets – Greg Smith (OUT).

Wizards –  Al Harrington (OUT), Glen Rice Jr. (OUT).

 

Prediction – Wizards on a back-to-back and on the road, Rockets flying high. Rockets 114-99.

 

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